Brazil : Why make it easier if we can make it harder?

I’m Brazilian and have been living in the US for the last 6 years. Once you remove yourself from a certain environment and experience new things, you start to realize how screwed up some things are where you came from. We all know and are frustrated everyday with the “jeitinhu brasileiro” (“brazilian way”) to do things and 9 out of 10 times it is NOT the easier way.

I’ve been working for a company in the U.S that specializes in 220 volts (2 phase) overseas appliances. Being in this field got me interested in researching why Brazil has 110V in some places and 220V in others, and I realized that the reason makes no sense whatsoever.

According to my research, in the 1920’s when the first electricity provider companies were starting to establish themselves in Brazil, there were no guidelines in what type of electricity the country should use, so each company did whatever they wanted. That is why if you go to some of the states in the north east or to the country side you might find the power outlets to be 220 volts. But if you go to a major city they will probably be 110 volts, but this is definitely not a rule. The rule is that there is no rule when talking about Brazilian electricity.

Something else I thought it was interesting, is that Brazil is one of the very few countries that uses 220 volts 60 hz when the majority of the countries that operate in 220 volts use 50 hz, the latter is a much more efficient way of using electricity. But of course Brazil has to be different. So a good advice for my fellow Brazilian friends is that, if you live in America and you are trying to take any motorized equipment overseas, make sure to check the hertz on your equipment. American 220 volts appliances are 3 phase 220 volts 60 hz. Models made to operate overseas are 2 phase 220 volts 50hz . Be aware because these 2 types of electricity are completely different from each other, and in this case there is no voltage converter that will do the job.

To make things even better, I found out that in 2010 Inmetro, the company that regulates electricity in Brazil, required the “Standardizing” of all power plugs and outlets in the country, but not to one of the ones that we already had which was the type C (European 2 round pin plug) or B American style plug. They decided to go “wild” and change to a Switzerland style plug type J.

Globalization? No! let’s be unique!

References:

http://blogln.ning.com/profiles/blogs/a-energia-eletrica-no-brasil-i

http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energia_el%C3%A9trica

https://www.110220volts.com/adapters/adapters.html

Going to Burundi

Burundi is a small country in Eastern Africa. In order to use electronics from the United States in Burundi , as well as most other countries outside of the American continent, you need two things, a voltage converter and a plug adapter, unless you have dual-voltage electronics. Dual-voltage electronics will work in other countries that use 220v, without a voltage converter . Most countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia use 220v. North America, most of Central America, and much of South America uses 110v. Burundi is a country that uses 220v. The rest of Europe mostly uses 220v as well. If you are traveling to Burundi , be sure to bring either a voltage converter or dual-voltage appliances. If you try to use single-volt appliances in Burundi , you could cause a fire. But how do you know if your electronics are dual-volt or single-volt?
Look for the voltage rating directly on your appliance. If it says 110v, then it is a single-volt appliance. In this case, find the wattage by either looking on the appliance, or multiplying the voltage by the amp. Then, buy a voltage converter for this appliance that has a wattage at least 25% higher than the appliance. This helps the voltage converter to last longer.
But if you found a voltage rating on your appliance that listed 110v-220v, then it is dual-volt. You do not need a voltage converter for these appliances to function in Austria and other countries that use 220v electrical current.
However, even if you are bringing dual-voltage electronics with you to Burundi , you still need a plug adapter, because Burundi uses a different type of plug than the Americas. But be careful when buying your plug adapter, because there are six different common types of plug adapter corresponding to the six different international plug types, and if if you get the wrong one, it won’t work in Burundi . So be sure to buy the correct one.

References:
Burundi plug adapter
Burundi voltage converter

Travel to Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a small country in western Africa. You may be planning a trip there. You may want to experience the warm climate, the culture, or something else. In any case, you should know that Burkina Faso uses electrical plugs that are shaped differently from the ones you are used to in the United States. You might be planning to bring some of your electronics to Burkina Faso , but American-style plugs are only used in some areas in Burkina Faso . There are at least six different common types of plugs that are used around the world, and most countries outside North and South America use the common three-cylindrical-pronged design. Burkina Faso uses a two-prong design. But you do not need to buy new electronics in Burkina Faso in order to use any electronics there. You simply need plug adapters. Purchase both types that you will need in Burkina Faso , and be sure to buy the correct kind, keeping in mind there are six total common plug types, and Burkina Faso only uses two.
Most places outside of North America also use a higher voltage current. 110v is the voltage used by North America and most of Central and South America. However, in most other continents, 220v is used. In countries where 220v is used, it is important to bring a voltage converter that has a 25% higher wattage rating than the appliance you are using it for. In Burkina Faso , the voltage used is 220v, the most commonly used voltage. So if you are going to Burkina Faso , be sure to also get a voltage converter . This does not apply if you are bringing dual-voltage appliances. However, single-volt appliances will need a voltage converter . The wattage should be indicated on the indication panel of the devices. If not, multiply the voltage by the amp. Then you can buy the correct voltage converter s foor your selected appliances.

References:
Burkina Faso plug adapter
Burkina Faso voltage converter

Electricity in Bulgaria

There are six different types of electrical plugs used around the world, but one of the most common ones uses three cylindrical prongs. It is not the type of plug that you are probably used to, with two flat prongs and one round one, which is only used in a few places outside of North, Central and South America. In Bulgaria , a country that borders the Black Sea, the plug used is the the cylindrical-pronged one. It is also used throughout the rest of Asia and also Europe. This is why you won’t be able to plug any of your electrical appliances in if you go to Bulgaria .

If you discover that you need a voltage converter for some of your items, look for one that lists a 25% higher wattage than the appliance you plan to use it with. The wattage of your appliances may be indicated on the device itself, but if not, you can multiply the voltage by the amp, and the number you get will be the wattage.

References:
Bulgaria plug adapter
Bulgaria voltage converter

Purchasing the Correct Plug Adapter for Brunei

Brunei is a tiny country located on the Island of Borneo in Indonesia. In order to use electronics from the United States in most other countries, including Borneo, you need two things, a voltage converter and a plug adapter, unless you have dual-voltage electronics. Dual-voltage electronics will work in other countries that use 220v, without a voltage converter . Most countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia use 220v. North America, most of Central America, and much of South America uses 110v. Brunei is a country that borders India that uses 220v. The rest of Asia mostly uses 220v as well. If you are traveling to Brunei , be sure to bring either a voltage converter or dual-voltage appliances. If you try to use single-volt appliances in Brunei , you could cause a fire. But how do you know if your electronics are dual-volt or single-volt?
Look for the voltage rating directly on your appliance. If it says 110v, then it is a single-volt appliance. In this case, find the wattage by either looking on the appliance, or multiplying the voltage by the amp. Then, buy a voltage converter for this appliance that has a wattage at least 25% higher than the appliance. This helps the voltage converter to last longer.
But if you found a voltage rating on your appliance that listed 110v-220v, then it is dual-volt. You do not need a voltage converter for these appliances to function in Brunei and other countries that use 220v electrical current.
However, even if you are bringing dual-voltage electronics with you to Brunei , you still need a plug adapter, because Brunei uses a different type of plug than the United States. In fact, Brunei exclusively uses a type “G” plug, which is not commonly used throughout the world, so you need to be careful when buying your plug adapter, because it may be difficult to find a plug adapter for this type of rare plug, and if if you get the wrong one, it won’t work in Brunei . So be sure to buy the correct one.

References:
Brunei plug adapter
Brunei voltage converter