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May 5th, 2005, 08:37 AM
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I think I'm still not clear. If I order from the Magellans website, is it the Type F or Type H for South Africa?
Thanks to anyone that can clarify.
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May 5th, 2005, 11:25 PM
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H. Although I accept no responsibility, because the picture looks a little strange to me. As if the pins are too small a diameter compared with the distance between them. (Compare it with Selwyn's pix, the URL is in his post above. But I can't think what other country would use the adaptor shown, so it's probably OK.

BTW, seeing as we're again talking about that site, if you need a laptop connection you can ignore their advice about needing to buy their "telephone adaptor". They do say that S.A. "also uses the RJ-11 pattern which is the same as USA", but their info is way out of date. The "USA" connection is now pretty universal, and the huge old "S.A. plug" a relative dinosaur. Certainly in any reasonably up-market accommodation. And where they might still exist, adaptors would usually be available because for a long time phones have only had the new plug.
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May 6th, 2005, 06:44 AM
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I ended up getting both Type F and H to be on the safe side. They look almost identical (even in "person") - the main difference is the distance between the pins. Hopefully this will cover me. I am also going to check a travel store in a nearby mall that sells adaptors and see how their South Africa one compares. Hopefully I'll get there this weekend. I'll post here if there is a significant difference. Very frustrating trying to figure out what to bring.
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May 8th, 2005, 11:11 PM
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Sorry, a correction to my last post about the adaptors. A bit late I know, the Op has got both now anyway and has left for Africa!

I thought that the last question was specific to S.A. and I never checked to letters again, I just remembered that on the S.A. page H looked possibly correct.

Now that I've searched for F and found it on the Botswana and Zimbabwe pages, I've realised the dilemma And jcasale is right, they do look very similar! And to me, both equally strange. Perhaps they're just bad drawings, whereas on Selwyn's page he has put photos.

I'm pretty sure they are meant to be for the same socket. But surely Magellan's wouldn't be giving two different names to the same adaptor, so that both are purchased? Would they?!

Anyway, if it's any help to others, the distance between the inner edges of the pins of S.A. plug (which is I think the same as for those other two countries), is about 20mm between the large ("earth") pin and the smaller ones, and about 17.5mm between the two smaller ones. In imperial the best I can equate that to is about 25/32" and 11/16" respectively.

But what I don't think has been mentioned, is that you can buy an adaptor in S.A. anyway! They are not as commonly available as the plugs (which are in just about every supermarket), but you can get a U.S./S.A. adaptor at any camping or travel shop. And there are several of those in every major mall.
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May 9th, 2005, 04:49 AM
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Thanks for the clarification. And we haven't left yet, so I will try to measure the distance between the pins on the two adaptors I have. Good to know we can buy one if neither of these end up working, but I suspect one will. And if I find out they are both the same distance, I have time to send one back !
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May 9th, 2005, 05:27 AM
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Thanks for trying to clarify the Type F and Type H adaptors. Jcasale, can you let me know what happens when you measure the distances. I really need to get on the ball, and order in the next couple of days. Thanks again.
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May 9th, 2005, 07:17 AM
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To make things easier I hope, the penny (imperial!) has at last dropped for me.

I had wondered why my measurements didn't equate conveniently to inches, when the plug dates back to UK Imperial unit days. And I obviously didn't stop to think, or was being especially dense at the time. (What's the emoticon for a wry smile?)

What I have at last realised is that I should have measured between the CENTRE of the pins. (And to think I nearly became a Chemical Engineer by profession!) Now that I've done so, those distances become simply one and one eighth, and one inch respectively.
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May 9th, 2005, 07:41 AM
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And as a final (I think!) chapter from me, here's another website I found recently:

http://www.answers.com/topic/domesti...-plugs-sockets

Now that I've just looked at this site again, the dimensions of that S.A. "type M" plug are given, albeit in metric. Including that of the pins.
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May 9th, 2005, 08:54 AM
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instead of buying adapters, can you just bring extra batteries for the camera?
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May 9th, 2005, 11:47 AM
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Unfortunately these batteries are not cheap. I already have 3 sets for each camera and judging from the way we went through them in Brazil, we will need to charge each set at least 2-3 times while we are gone. Especially taking pictures in low light uses up batteries. Thanks ArthurSA for the clarification of measures. And brandywine, I will try to get those measurements done tonight. I may also try to get over to the travel store in the mall between work and a meeting tinight so I can have lots of information to help you. I plan to do some paractice packing Wednesday night to make sure we are within the 26 pound limit, so I need to know pretty much what I am taking for gadgets!

Hmmmm, wry smile. I don't know, maybe ;-)?
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May 9th, 2005, 11:48 AM
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Cool, that worked! I used the semi-colon, dash and parenthesis closer - Yay!
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May 10th, 2005, 12:15 AM
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Nah. That's just a wink. I got curious and found a number of alternatives for a "wry smile", some of which "translated". (Just use "preview" to check.) But I think the most appropriate one would be this one, for "doh". Made up of a hash, a dash and a small letter "o".

#-o

How's that for off-topic!
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May 10th, 2005, 04:32 AM
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It may be off topic, but it brought a smile to start my day ! Although I couldn't make the d'oh face work . Oh well.

Brandywine, I think I have finally settled on what I am going to bring for adapters. And ArthurSA - thanks so much for the measurements. So, the type H on the magellans website seems to be the one for South Africa. I am going to go ahead and keep the Type F also just for insurance, but I doubt I will need it. The distance between the pins on the type H is exactly what ArthurSA measured. I also went to a travel store near here and picked up what is also supposed to be needed in Botswana and then discovered that I already had one. The chart they had (and a couple of websites I checked) show that the Type H is often what is used, but that you might also run into what magellans is calling Type C. Of course the travel store I went to has it labeled as Type H, so go figure! Anyway, it is the standard adapter for Great Britain which has pins that are the same distance apart from the Type H I got from magellans, but they are flat instead of round. I hope this helps.

You mentioned, brandywine, that you are staying at some of the CCAfrica camps. Which one(s)? When are you leaving? We leave on June 17th and start in Cape Town for 3 nights. Then on to Sabi Sands (Elephant Plains Lodge), one night in Jo'burg, one to Victoria Falls for 2 nights (Ilala Lodge) and then into Botswana where we stay at Nxabega Camp. I'm counting down the days !
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May 10th, 2005, 01:38 PM
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jcasale-

When you return from your trip, I would love it if you came back and told us for sure which adaptors worked for you. I'm most interested in the Magellan type H for S. Africa. Thanks and have a great trip next month!
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May 10th, 2005, 03:01 PM
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For completeness sake, Tanzania is listed as using Type D and Type G. Any info on what might be available at tented lodges?
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May 10th, 2005, 06:48 PM
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Jcasale,
Thanks for helping clarify and measuring the pins. I will go ahead and order the Type H from Magellans.
We leave in only 23 days! So about 2 weeks ahead of you. first in Cape Town for 3 nights, then Londolozi for 3 nights, then Madikwe Safari Lodge for 3 nights (CC Africa's new lodge), then up to Botswana at Wilderness camps for 4 nights. This is our first trip to Africa so we're very excited. Hope you have a great trip!
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May 11th, 2005, 04:32 AM
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You too. I look forward to reading about your trip when you get back! First trip for us, also. But I hope it won't be the last.
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May 26th, 2005, 03:59 PM
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I ended up finding an adaptor in Amsterdam during our layover and it worked fine for South Africa. It specifically said South Africa on the packaging. But... as it turned out, I could have gotten by without it. All the hotels we stayed in had them for the asking at their front desks! (Some of my travel companions didn't have their own and were able to borrow them where ever we stayed.)
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May 27th, 2005, 04:59 AM
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Interesting! I guess with more and more people doing digital photography and needing to recharge batteries, needing adaptors is becoming more common. Well, hopefuly I have the right ones, but if I don't maybe I'll be able to borrow or buy one there. Three weeks and counting!
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Jun 1st, 2005, 03:28 AM
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althom: did you find the SA adaptor in the airport itself during your layover? Two weeks from today we leave. I am beyond excited. Our plane tickets arrived yesterday. We fly Tampa, FL to Detroit; Detroit-->Amsterdam; Amsterdam-->Johannesburg. From there we fly to Cape Town. The St. Petersburg Times, on Sunday, had a wonderful article about Londoloze Game Reserve (Travel Section).
Sandi: just in case you can get online: hope all is well.
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