According to this page, Russian and French sockets/plugs are the same "shape", but in France we use 230 Volts while the Russians use 220 Volts. Will a laptop charger and other electronics work with Russian sockets?

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    Shape may be a problem still, while the overall look of the plug is the same, older Soviet sockets were used with thinner and smaller plugs. Be careful in old buildings with these things - it's possible to force your plug in, but very difficult to pull it out without tearing the socket apart.
    – Ordous
    Commented Jan 14, 2015 at 14:50
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    I recently spent a month in Russia (all the way from east to west) with electronic devices from both the Netherlands and AU/NZ and had no issues charging or connecting those. Not sure where you're going, but I wouldn't expect any problems.
    – MH.
    Commented Jan 14, 2015 at 17:38

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Yes, it should work.

Electricity supplies with nominal voltages of 220, 230 or 240 volts are in practice the same. There are tolerances of about ±10 % in the voltage (to account for the voltage drop in transmission lines which depends on the load), so devices labeled with either of these voltages will actually be designed to function on anywhere between 200 and 260 volts, give or take.

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    It's also worth mentioning that today, things like laptop chargers are usually designed to run on everything. That is 100-240V 50-60Hz. Most of these devices have a label, so check what it says for "input".
    – lc.
    Commented Jan 14, 2015 at 14:41
  • And that is just the nominal range, IIRC there is a 10% margin either side of that, so the actual range is 90 to 264. Commented Aug 21, 2019 at 2:21

Yes, the socket delivers different voltage but electric appliances will support a range of voltages, and plug types C, E, F are compatible with the sockets.

See http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plug-voltage-by-country/


As I'm posting this from a French laptop plugged into a wall in a Moscow apartment, I can confirm that everything works perfectly without any need for adaptors.

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