Electrical outlets  allow us to connect our electronic devices to the power supply. In this story, we will explore the most common types of electrical outlets, their features, and where they are typically used

Electrical Outlets

Older homes typically have two types of outlets. Two-pronged having two long connection slots for ungrounded connections and Three-pronged having an extra slot for grounding the connection and preventing electric shock when wired loosely

15A 120V Outlet


This outlet is perfect for larger appliances like kitchen appliances, dishwashers, and washing machines. It can be easily identified by its small horizontal slot, which sets it apart from the 15A version

20A 120V Outlet


This outlet is designed for high-power appliances like air conditioners, heaters, and vacuum cleaners. Before installing this outlet, it's essential to have a proper circuit in place

20A 250V Outlet


The 30A 125/250V outlet is a heavy-duty receptacle that can handle both 125V and 250VAC supply at 60Hz. It's useful for large appliances like powerful dryers

30A 125/250V Outlet


The 30A 250V outlet is designed to handle power from 250VAC sources. It can have a maximum current draw of 30A and is used for powerful appliances like air conditioners, air compressors, and welding equipment

30A 250V Outlet


The Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter outlets, also known as GFCI, are commonly used in kitchens and bathrooms. These outlets can automatically trip when there is a current spike, which helps prevent ground faults and electric shock

GFCI Outlet


Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter outlets, or AFCIs, are designed to prevent electrical hazards in bedroom and laundry areas. You can install them by using a special circuit breaker with your main panel

AFCI Outlet


Tamper-resistant outlets are designed to prevent tampering or accidental insertion of foreign objects. They are marked "TR" and come equipped with built-in barriers that prevent the insertion of objects other than plugs with ground prongs or proper two-pin prongs

Tamper Resistant Receptacle


Weather-resistant outlets are designed to withstand outdoor conditions like rain, ice, snow, dirt, and humidity. They can protect the metal parts from rusting and the plastic cover from cracking

Weather Resistant Receptacle


Smart outlets are becoming increasingly popular, allowing you to control non-smart devices with a virtual assistant or a mobile app. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth typically control these outlets

Smart Outlets


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