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Aug 26th, 2007, 03:57 PM
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tukeg,
Yes I know of the Wonpro P. strips and they are rated for the higher European Voltage so they would not see the Camp power as a surge. I think the caution was meant to warn the original poster to be certain that if they select a power strip with a surge supressor, to be certain that it is rated for use at 240 Volts. My camp experience has been somewhat different than yours.
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Aug 26th, 2007, 03:59 PM
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tuckeg,
I actually thought the seatbelt debate was over? You mean your still not convinced?
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Aug 26th, 2007, 04:02 PM
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Ok, Chuck you got me thinking. While there are strips that use a circuit breaker to indicate a surge has been detected (MOV triggers the circuit breaker), I an not sure that the ones in jweis's link do so. It is unclear from their site if the circuit breaker is just for excess current draw (probably) or is it is also used to indicate a surge. In any event how many times a surge suppressor functions is a function of the surge(s) and the components used in the device, it may be once or it may be a dozen times. Ideally one should get one with a light that indicates the suppressor is functioning.
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Aug 26th, 2007, 04:05 PM
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Chuck, I mentioned the need for 240 V the first time I posted (post #3 in the tread). As for seat belts, I'm convinced they should be used but for the same reasons (expect the unexpected, they work, etc.) I also use surge suppressors.
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Aug 26th, 2007, 04:14 PM
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I do not know the mechanics behind it all and whether or not I am as safe as I think, but I use:

220v camp Outlet - adapter - 220v/115v (2000W)converter - 115V squid with surge - up to 5 115v devices (I do not trust auto convert).

Never had a device burnout but I fried 2 converters in 4 years! My thinking is that bad power will probably burn a converter, so I carry two. Squid should protect everything else.
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Aug 26th, 2007, 04:34 PM
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climbhighsleeplow,
Let me see if I understand what you are doing. You plu a 240 Volt to 110 Volt converter into the camp outlet. Next you plug in your power strip (110 Volt squid) and into that you plug your battery recharging devices. My guess is that your battery chargers are dual voltage so you have no need to go through the voltage conversion. Small voltage converters are themselves very unreliable devices, I think I would either use a properly rated strip as tuckeg suggests or go straight into the 240 Volt supply with devices rated for that voltage. Just my opinion of course but I actually do understand the electrical theory behind these devices.
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Aug 26th, 2007, 10:07 PM
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Wow, for a few moments there, it all seemed so simple: A powerstrip or octupus/calimari with an adapter and a converter. To surge or not to surge, but be sure it's a 240v. And, take an extra converter, extra battery chargers, and a phew! disposable cameras just in case lightening strikes.

Seriously, thank you for your help. I am going to start my Amazon searches now.

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Aug 27th, 2007, 03:50 AM
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If you really want to start some fun, ask about a hair dryer
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Aug 27th, 2007, 07:00 AM
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I googled 240 volt surge suppressors just to see and came up with these links:

http://www.international-electrical-...geprotect.html
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http://tinyurl.com/2rm77l

don't know anything about them... hope this is useful.
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Aug 27th, 2007, 08:50 AM
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One more thing... wondering which adapters are needed for Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania. Are they different from Botswana and South Africa?

Thanks again.
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Aug 27th, 2007, 10:19 AM
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Found the adapters: So, now do I need -
Is it a "StepDown Transformer" you need for the squid or powerstrip? Is see we can buy 240v powerstrips, maybe that is better, lighter?

or just the adaptor with the cube? We will be plugging in camera batteries and epson p2000.

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