Nepal Electrical Outlets

Nepal Electrical Outlets
Kathmandu, Nepal Asia
Saturday, January 20, 2007

The electrical plug on the end of my computer cord is not the problem when travelling the problems is the Hotel outlets, Hotel sockets, or the Hotel receptacles are bad.

In 95 percent of the cases, I can buy the converter needed to make my American slotted plug to work in the hotel, I can find many stores that will sell this converter for 50 cents US. However, I cannot go around changing outlets in Hotels.

The female receptacles of the plug outlets in Nepal may be the worst on the planet. I have not stayed in five hotels in Katmandu, and stayed enough times and long enough to believe they are exceptionally bad.

The problem:
There is a loose fit, and the connection between the plug and the receptacles is almost always bad. There is an arcing or jumping of electricity between the prongs and the inside the plug.

Loose fit

Arcing or jumping of electricity is maybe my biggest fear for my computer. It is in my mind a type of power surge. To guarantee I always have a good connection is difficult.

I took a few photos, however I realize I need to take a part an electrical receptacles and show to really explain this, I will do later or soon. I am thinking I may just go buy the Nepal version of their receptacles and see why it seems always loose.

It is not good to have to move the plug around trying to get it to connect, I have a solution for this, by just inserting copper wires directly into the receptacles, yet this is not a solution for the electrical naive.

WHY Why Why is my Hotel plug so bad.

Think about it, 365 days a year, someone goes into a room and plugs in a cell phone, a radio, a TV, a computer, after this much usage the expanding receptacles of the plug become permanently expanded.

Nepal Electrical Outlets


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if your hotel has the sockets with the odd 5-hole formation, then try to get a converter that includes the earth pin. It is totally unnecessary, of course, but I found that it helped stabalize my plugs...

my converter was three-pin, and stable. But my digital camera was only 2-pin, and wobbled a lot. You can also take the converter apart and remove the earth pin, so that it is still usable only when there is 2-pin socket availibe.

Yes, they all seem to have this 5 hole outlet.

I purchased a room heater, it has a three prong with the ground prong. It is extremely good plug, new and big, yet the outlet is so loose it is still arcing.

Becuase it uses 1000-2000 watts it is burning up the outlet.

Not good and dangerous really with the curtains hanging over the plug.

I will have to buy a second copper wire system, I am using the second plug already for my computer, light, and cell phone charge.

IF I just push a hard, 14-12 guage wire into the socket, it works a lot better as I can twist it and make it create a solid connection.

I can not twist or bend the round prongs enough to get them to work as the are hollow and cheap in a way. A slotted is better.

Actually your British square jobbies make a great connection for the female - male world of plugs.

Sounds like a very bad socket! the worst device i took with me was a power plug for my CD walkman. It was heavy, as the transformer is in the plug, not in-line like a laptop. So it would fall out of the plug if it was too loose. Had to Duck Tape it to the wall.

Stiff Copper Wire sounds like a good idea. Pins on the plugs are very weak. I nearly snapped them off of a TV's plug in India.

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