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American expat Amanda Abbott reveals power outlets are biggest pet peeve about living in Australia

American expat reveals her ‘biggest pet peeve’ about living in Australia – but it’s sparked a wave of criticism

  • An American expat has revealed her biggest pet peeve about living in Australia
  • Amanda Abbott says she ‘always forgets’ to flick the switch on power outlets
  • Australian sockets have switches while US ones do not due to different voltages


An American expat says her ‘biggest pet peeve’ about living in Australia are switches on power outlets which she ‘always forgets’ to turn on.

Model Amanda Abbott, who lives in Queensland, says she has struggled to adapt to electrical sockets since moving Down Under.

Australian power points have on/off switches while American ones typically do not due to differences in the strength of the electrical current.

The US uses 110 volts while Australia – along with the UK and Europe – uses 220 or 240 volts to supply power. 

Australian power points have on/off switches (pictured) while American ones typically do not due to differences in the strength of electrical currents

American model Amanda Abbott (left) says her ‘biggest pet peeve’ about living in Australia are switches on power outlets (right) which she ‘always forgets’ to turn on

Switches are installed for safety reasons to reduce the risk of fire and electrocution, but Ms Abbott has found it difficult to adjust to the cultural difference.

She took to TikTok to share her frustration, saying: ‘In America when you plug something in, it just starts charging.’

She continued: ‘I get it, I get that this is probably better for the environment.

‘But if I forget to turn this on, which I always do, I’ll have my phone charging for four to five hours and then I go and check on it and it’s not charged at all because I didn’t flip the f*****g power switch.’

Switches are installed for safety reasons to reduce the risk of fire and electrocution, but Ms Abbott (pictured) has found it difficult to adjust to the cultural difference

Switches are installed for safety reasons to reduce the risk of fire and electrocution, but Ms Abbott (pictured) has found it difficult to adjust to the cultural difference

Her complaint, which has gone viral, racking up 107,300 views since it was uploaded online on November 5, copped dozens of critical responses.

‘It’s just safer, this cannot be your biggest pet peeve – it’s literally right there when you plug stuff in,’ one person replied.

A second said: ‘We run at 240 volts not 110 like America, it’s nothing to mess around with.’

Others pointed out that switches reduce the risk of fires, as well as saving electricity and keeping energy bills low.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk