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PBNA-Boosher
03-09-2006, 07:43 PM
I am leaving on Sunday for Italy on a school trip over break. I have a few things that will need recharging, camera batteries, cell-phone, etc...

The Adapter I have for Europe has two prongs. Sites I see on the internet state that Italian outlets have three prongs. Is that middle prong attached to a grounding wire, if so, will a 2 prong plug work in an Italian outlet with 3 prongs?

danjama
03-09-2006, 07:44 PM
I wouldnt try it.

danjama
03-09-2006, 07:45 PM
Hey saying prongs too many times makes my tongue go numb, try it http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

Tully__
03-09-2006, 10:22 PM
If the middle prong is a grounding wire and your appliances are double insulated, it will work fine. Australian outlets are 3 prong (active, neutral & ground) but many small appliances only have a two prong plug (ground ommitted).

F19_Orheim
03-10-2006, 01:28 AM
Boosher... u KNOW u have to google:http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://kropla.com/electric2.htm
hehe El Salvador seems to have some troubleshttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

and Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Rwanda, Jordan and Ethiopia.. what in cr@p's name are you doing???

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vanjast
03-10-2006, 01:51 AM
Test is the way we do it here ..

1) Take 2 fingers, Jam into 2 small holes
a) if hair stands up and fingers go numb its 3 phase 400Volt
b) if fingers vibrate and go brrrrr, its 220 volt 50Hz European standard
c) if fingers feel tickelish, it's American 115 Volt 60Hz

I've seen the rural electricians do this to test for power http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

PBNA-Boosher
03-10-2006, 05:12 AM
I did Google, but I didn't find that site, must have put in the wrong search terms. Thank you very much Orheim. It looks like that middle port is a grounding wire.

Mods, if this thread is no longer of use, you can delete it.

alert_1
03-10-2006, 05:17 AM
Test is the way we do it here ..

1) Take 2 fingers, Jam into 2 small holes
a) if hair stands up and fingers go numb its 3 phase 400Volt
b) if fingers vibrate and go brrrrr, its 220 volt 50Hz European standard
c) if fingers feel tickelish, it's American 115 Volt 60Hz

I've seen the rural electricians do this to test for power

It's verz efficient kind of test cause zyou in onesinge move you can test two things simultaneously: 1/ voltage in the outlet
2/ endurance of your heart&vascular system
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whiteladder
03-10-2006, 05:45 AM
They have electricity in Italy http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Philipscdrw
03-10-2006, 06:48 AM
Fascinating website. Who'd have thought there'd be so many different plug/socket standards across the world?

LEBillfish
03-10-2006, 07:43 AM
Originally posted by vanjast:
Test is the way we do it here ..

1) Take 2 fingers, Jam into 2 small holes
a) if hair stands up and fingers go numb its 3 phase 400Volt
b) if fingers vibrate and go brrrrr, its 220 volt 50Hz European standard
c) if fingers feel tickelish, it's American 115 Volt 60Hz

I've seen the rural electricians do this to test for power http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

That is a rediculous and dangerous way to find out, you should be ashamed.......

Boosher, break a wire coat hanger into 3 parts. Stick each part ONE AT A TIME into a seperate hole insuring they don't touch. Then, stick your tongue across them in various combinations till you get a result...THOUGH if nothing happens you may need to be standing in some water (give it time to soak through to the structure, or hang onto a metal pipe for plumbing or heating.)

Once you get a result, and try all combinations first post back here and we'll go from there http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/halo.gif

Jumoschwanz
03-10-2006, 07:49 AM
Go to RadioShack and buy a mini-VOM and throw it in your luggage, then you can just test any outlet before you use it. Problems solved.

Jumoschwanz

major_setback
03-10-2006, 08:33 AM
Originally posted by LEBillfish:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by vanjast:
Test is the way we do it here ..

1) Take 2 fingers, Jam into 2 small holes
a) if hair stands up and fingers go numb its 3 phase 400Volt
b) if fingers vibrate and go brrrrr, its 220 volt 50Hz European standard
c) if fingers feel tickelish, it's American 115 Volt 60Hz

I've seen the rural electricians do this to test for power http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

That is a rediculous and dangerous way to find out, you should be ashamed.......

Boosher, break a wire coat hanger into 3 parts. Stick each part ONE AT A TIME into a seperate hole insuring they don't touch. Then, stick your tongue across them in various combinations till you get a result...THOUGH if nothing happens you may need to be standing in some water (give it time to soak through to the structure, or hang onto a metal pipe for plumbing or heating.)

Once you get a result, and try all combinations first post back here and we'll go from there http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/halo.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

CHILDREN : DON'T DO THIS !!!!!!!!!!

major_setback
03-10-2006, 08:34 AM
Originally posted by PBNA-Boosher:
I did Google, but I didn't find that site, must have put in the wrong search terms. Thank you very much Orheim. It looks like that middle port is a grounding wire.

Mods, if this thread is no longer of use, you can delete it.

Don't you know they can't do this. Haven't you seen back to the future? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif


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Manuel29
03-10-2006, 09:01 AM
Originally posted by whiteladder:
They have electricity in Italy http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Damn... I've tried and It's true!!! Didn't know how my PC started before... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

EDIT: Boosher, where do you go in Italy?

PBNA-Boosher
03-10-2006, 01:59 PM
I'll be going to Rome, Ostia, and Pompeii.

Manuel29
03-10-2006, 02:21 PM
Beautiful cities but watch out for the traffic http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

I live near Venice (NO TRAFFIC, but a lot of boats http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif )

Have good trip.

PlaneEater
03-10-2006, 02:57 PM
Boosh: if you're anywhere near a little village named Guardistallo, go there. Please. Take pictures.

About 50, 60 miles due west of Siena, clustered right in with Cecina and Bibbona. About halfway along the coast between Pisa and Mt. Piombino.

It's the village that saved my grandfather in '44.

Manuel29
03-10-2006, 03:43 PM
http://www.tuttocitta.it/tc/mappa.jsp?com1=guardistallo...04&z=180.0&rtg=C&d=1 (http://www.tuttocitta.it/tc/mappa.jsp?com1=guardistallo+(pi)&to1=&civ1=&com2=roma+(rm)&to2=&civ2=&rg=10&pv=rm&cx=11.56221&cy=42.6044&lx=10.63089&ly=43.31377&ex=12.49353&ey=41.89504&z=180.0&rtg=C&d=1)

58km... it seems difficult... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Willey
03-10-2006, 04:30 PM
Go drink some real coffee over there http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

MLudner
03-10-2006, 04:33 PM
Originally posted by danjama:
Hey saying prongs too many times makes my tongue go numb, try it http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

That sounds like a symptom of obsessive/compulsive disporder to me...

Rickustyit
03-11-2006, 01:43 AM
I live about 30 kms south of Rome, in the Castelli Romani zone (near Albano (it was called Albalonga about 2500 years ago!), the city that was the founder of the greatest civilization ever, the romans).
If you're going to Ostia, you'll probably see the famous Roman port, you'll like it if you're interested in ancient history.
Pompeii and Rome need no explanations... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ostia_(Roma)

I know you won't decide your destinations, but if you can escape somehow your school mates, go to the famous Italian Air Force museum in the Bracciano Lake, north of Rome, it's very good http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Ah... and watch out the traffic in Rome, there are lots of idiots going very fast on narrow roads. I tell you this as I have lived in peaceful and calm Ottawa for some years ago, and I now very well the differences!

Manuel, beato te! Quanto mi piacerebbe vivere a Venezia. Ciao

http://www.vvs-regia-avions.com/Regia/MC205-001.jpg

Rick

SUPERAEREO
03-11-2006, 04:03 AM
Boosher you will be fine with your European adaptor: some Italian sockets are built for 3-prongs plugs but they still work with 2-prong ones, and most electronical equipment works happily with this kind of prong:

http://kropla.com/images/plug_c.gif


So really you should have no problems.

Ciao, and enjoy your trip.


S!

Manuel29
03-11-2006, 05:27 AM
Originally posted by Rickustyit:
Manuel, beato te! Quanto mi piacerebbe vivere a Venezia. Ciao
Rick

Sono io che invidio te per essere vissuto a Ottawa; Venezia รยจ bella da visitare ma viverci รยจ scomodo. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Ciao

Platypus_1.JaVA
03-11-2006, 05:46 AM
Originally posted by SUPERAEREO:
Boosher you will be fine with your European adaptor: some Italian sockets are built for 3-prongs plugs but they still work with 2-prong ones, and most electronical equipment works happily with this kind of prong:

http://kropla.com/images/plug_c.gif



So really you should have no problems.

Ciao, and enjoy your trip.


S!

Hey Boosher: He is right. I'm an electrician. In the Europe mainland, (not GB) we all should use comparable outlets. In Belgium, the grounding pin sticks out of the outlet in a very obvious way. As long as the plug fits in the outlet and as long as your devices are happy with 230V 50Hz, you are safe. Rules regarding electricity are all the same in the most of Europe, it is written in the NEN 1010. However, it wouldn't hurt to check it before you go to any country.


Happy vacation!

Platypus_1.JaVA
03-11-2006, 05:57 AM
This thread makes me think of this thread:
http://www.simmerspaintshop.com/forums/showthread.php?t=621

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M2morris
03-11-2006, 08:32 PM
They have a two-prong round type there that is 220 so be aware. That 3 prong is unuusual, mostly just a two prong. Just dont forget about the volt difference. Think 220, or you may fry something. Arrivaderci.

M2morris
03-11-2006, 10:48 PM
And the women are so ----ing beautiful your eyes are going to pop out of your skull, and when it's hot in the summer they dress very lightly and they like to stand very close to you when they talk to you, oh hell with it just go see for yourself. I loved it there.