Wiring devices in the Philippines make up the backbone of a house’s electrical unit. Without them, it’s near impossible to use electricity to run your home appliances. This includes sockets – an integral part of a home. Sockets are the little holes you find in your house’s walls wherein you can plug your devices. It is the first thing you’ll look for so you can turn on the fan, cook food on the electric stove, or recharge your phone’s battery.
When you think about it, people can invest hours trying to know everything about a certain machine or gadget before making a purchase but don’t exert the same effort when buying sockets. Keep in mind that your devices need these or else you’ll have nowhere to plug them in for power! Here are important things you need to know about sockets.
In the Philippines, we are used to sockets that have two vertical holes. What you might not know is that different countries actually use different kinds of sockets. The default sockets in some countries have round holes and while others use sockets that have two vertical holes and a round hole below. If you are going abroad, you have to know in advance what socket shape is being used in the country you will be visiting. Otherwise, it will be difficult to find a way to charge your gadgets. Your best option is to travel with plug adapters to ensure that you can still plug in your gadgets wherever you are.
Types of Electrical Sockets
You can find different types of electrical sockets with for different purposes in the market. One of the famous types right now is the GFCI, or a ground-fault circuit interrupter. The GFCI is a socket that was designed to protect people from electrical shocks. How does it work? A GFCI socket has three holes: two vertical slots and a round one below. The left slot (called neutral) is slightly bigger than the right one (called hot). The round hole below is called ground. With a properly working appliance, the electricity flows from hot to neutral. The GFCI socket monitors this and if it senses that the electricity is flowing from hot to ground, then it trips the circuit and cuts off the electricity.
Let’s say for example that you are using a plugged in device outside while it is raining. Since it is wet, the electricity might flow from hot to ground through you. This could electrocute you; once GFCI notices that the electricity is not flowing normally (a.k.a. from hot to neutral), it cuts the flow off, saving you from a possibly fatal accident.
Like with socket shapes, different countries also use different voltages of electricity. When you purchase a gadget, it usually comes with a piece of paper with information on voltages they support. You have to take note of this information because plugging your device in the wrong socket can cause impairment. If you are visiting a country and your gadget is not rated for their socket’s voltage, purchase a voltage converter to convert the electricity to a different voltage. Try and get a surge protector with multiple outlets. That way, you can plug in several devices and use voltage converters all at once.
Learn more about sockets to prevent you and your appliances from falling victim to electrical mishaps. Mind the outlet’s voltage before plugging in your device in order to avoid damaging your gadget. Most of all, think about investing in safe and correct sockets to have well-maintained appliances at home.