Converters/Adapters?

Oct 10th, 2010, 05:17 AM
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Converters/Adapters?

Hi, We are traveling to London and Paris for the first time and are taking our iPhone and MAC laptop. What converters/adapters do we need? Thanks!
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Oct 10th, 2010, 05:43 AM
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For any electronics, it is a good idea to check the product/manual to see if it is 110/220. If it is, you are half-way there. These days they are usually aut-switch, but chekc to see if there is a switch to go betweeen the two voltages. No matter what, you will need an adapter, since the wall plugs over there are not the same as in N.A.

I've bought a travel kit at Walmart, it can also include a converter. Having a converter is not a bad idea, just realize that it is a low current item, if you plug a hair dryer into it, it is going to heat up.

I usually bring my whole kit when I go, to cover all possibilities
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Oct 10th, 2010, 05:49 AM
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See http://travelstore.ricksteves.com/ca...ntId=126&id=24 for adapters. Since most new chargers are dual voltage, it is unlikely you'll need a voltage converter. Just make sure your chargers will handle voltages up to 240v.
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Oct 10th, 2010, 06:38 AM
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Radio Shack also sells plug adaptors, as does stores in the airport.
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Oct 10th, 2010, 06:46 AM
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It's unlikely you need a converter (look on your Iphone charger/computer charger for the rating - 110/120 only or 110/120 - 240), but if you do buy one of the newer ones that has high/low (rated 0-2000w) and auto switches. Most travel converters aren't for electronics or anything with a chip in it.
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Oct 10th, 2010, 09:45 AM
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The above advice only applies to low wattage devices. For anything like hairdryers or straighteners it's best to buy once in Europe
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Oct 10th, 2010, 10:16 AM
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What converters/adapters do we need?
See http://tinyurl.com/2y9zvv for an introduction to European electricity and the hardware you may or may not need.
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