A variety of units of measurement were used in Colombia to measure quantities like length, mass and area. In Colombia, International Metric System has adopted since 1853, and has been compulsory since 1854.
Pre-metric units (Colombia)
Several different units were used before 1854. Older system before Metric system was derived from Spanish Castillian System.
Different units were used to measure length. As in 1920s too, some units were derived from metric system. One vara was equal to 0.8 m (or 0.84 m). Some other units are provided below:
1 pulgada = 1⁄32 vara
1 cuarta = 1⁄4 vara
1 pie = 1⁄3 vara
1 cuadra = 100 varas
1 legua = 6250 varas
A number of units were used to measure mass. As in 1920s too, some units were derived from the metric system. One libra was equal to 0.500 kg (i.e. 500 g) (or 0.54354 kg). Some other units are provided below:
1 onza = 1⁄16 libra
1 arroba = 25 libra
1 quintal = 100 libra
1 saco = 125 libra
1 carga = 250 libra
1 tonelada = 2000 libra
Several units were used to measure area. As in 1920s too, some units were derived from metric system. one vara2 was equal to 0.64 m2, and one fanegada was equal to 10,000 vara2
Electricity in Colombia
In Colombia the power plugs and sockets are of type A and B. The standard voltage is 110 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz.
Which power plugs and sockets exist in Colombia?
In Colombia the power plugs and sockets are of type A and B. Check out the following pictures.
Type A: mainly used in North and Central America, China and Japan. This socket only works with plug A.
Type B: like type A but with an extra prong for grounding. This socket also works with plug A.