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Old May 12th, 2013, 03:06 PM
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I just looked at my old multi adapter and it accepts aussie plugs also.

I also have a set of individual adapters that came in a little travel pouch similar to this:
http://www.target.com/p/conair-trave...e/-/A-10738297

I usually just grab the ones I need for that trip and don't carry the multi much anymore. I have a few extra for Europe as I find many Italian outlets are recessed and I just stack two plugs in that case to be able to use them. I also have a little European plug night light (measures about 2"x2") that I always take. I take my Griffin usb plug adapter that I use at home and can charge things with it in the wall outlet. No converter needed, just a plug adapter. It has 2 usb ports.

>>>Looking back at Spaarne's comments and link - s/he's adamant that Italy and Switz will each need a different type of plug.<<<

I haven't needed special adapters for Switzerland. Like Italy, they have some outlets that take plugs with three prongs (grounded outlets). I still use my two prong adapters in those plugs in both countries. You will find these newer three prong outlets are usually recessed and you can stack two plugs if need be (plug a two prong adapter into another two prong adapter then plug in your appliance). You can see this was discussed a long time ago on Fodor's and neo pointed out he also just uses his two prong adapters in the three prong plugs.

http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...witzerland.cfm
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Old May 12th, 2013, 08:12 PM
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Thanks again, kybourbon.

We're only staying in 1 hotel in Switzerland (Grindelwald), and I think it's an older hotel, so hopefully it will have the older configurations. Prepared to risk it.

So...

To take...

Probably a couple of 2-prong European adaptors, 1 UK adaptor, a 2-usb port plug (just occurred to me the kids may take iPods), a small (2-3 input) powerboard and possibly a night light! Blimey, what did we do before electricity?!!

How does THAT sound? Fingers crossed.

Thank you all hugely for your research and advice.
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Old May 12th, 2013, 11:31 PM
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I looked at the European adapters I have at home, some are Schuko and some are what are called "europlugs". The Schuko plugs don't work in some southern European countries, but europlugs have slightly thinner prongs, and will fit in all European sockets, including, I'm told, France, Italy and Switzerland. If it were me I would buy one UK adapter and one 2-prong European adapter. If for any reason they don't work in all the countries, you can "piggyback" with locally bought adapters that will.

In your last post you wrote: "just occurred to me the kids may take iPods". Now that I know you are travelling with your family and not solo I will say definitely bring your power board.
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Old May 12th, 2013, 11:34 PM
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See these references:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schuko
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europlug
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Old May 13th, 2013, 12:00 AM
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Gee, and all these years I've been staying in the wrong Italian hotels where my "continental plugs" have always worked. Maybe the OP will get really really lucky and stay in some of the same places.
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Old May 13th, 2013, 12:23 AM
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Yes, travelling with my two sons (12 and 14) and I've decided to buy an e-reader too. So tick to the power board.

Thanks so much. Always great to finally narrow things down. Another organisational hurdle cleared.

Dukey1, I detect a bit of a tone?! Understandable. It's been a convoluted discussion! So many different takes on it, I had no idea it was going to bring up so many responses.

I so appreciate all the help.
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Old May 13th, 2013, 08:10 AM
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Spot on with the powerboard, Smm_18.! At the mo, kids are charging iPod n pad, husband on laptop doing work and phone will follow next! Have a great trip!!
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Old May 13th, 2013, 09:11 AM
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>>>If it were me I would buy one UK adapter and one 2-prong European adapter.<<<

I would buy several 2 prong adapters. Between charging cell phones, cameras, Ipods/Ipads and problems with recessed plugs, I think you will use them.
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I would buy several 2 prong adapters. Between charging cell phones, cameras, Ipods/Ipads and problems with recessed plugs, I think you will use them.

Better yet, buy one or two of these, then you plug this into the one adapter, and you can charge up to four items at the same time without any additional adapters:

http://www.magellans.com/dualvoltage-power-strip
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Old May 13th, 2013, 12:57 PM
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>>>I would buy several 2 prong adapters.<<<

If smm_18 brings his power board he won't need several 2 prong adapters, as all his devices will plug into the Aussie sockets on the power board. He will then need only one adapter to plug the power board into the European wall socket. He will, of course, need another adapter for the UK wall sockets.

The Magellans link shows a power strip designed for North American plugs, no use to an Australian.
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Old May 13th, 2013, 03:33 PM
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To the European plug experts: I see that I'll be okay in Germany and France with my Schuko power strip... how about in Belgium and the Netherlands? I am so glad that I read this thread in advance of my trip next month!!
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Old May 13th, 2013, 05:02 PM
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Ha! Thanks, rg12345. Great image! Confirmed my decision. Thanks for good wishes, too.

Heimdall, I think the possible issue with a recessed socket (mentioned by kybourbon) has convinced me to take 2 euro plugs. Otherwise, yes, the powerboard does the trick.

BTW I'm a mother bear travelling with two cubs.

Amy, good luck!
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Old May 13th, 2013, 06:43 PM
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<i>amy_torres_sd on May 13, 13 at 7:33pm
To the European plug experts: I see that I'll be okay in Germany and France with my Schuko power strip... how about in Belgium and the Netherlands?</i>

Schuko is the one to have for B and NL.
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Old May 13th, 2013, 07:03 PM
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>>>Better yet, buy one or two of these, then you plug this into the one adapter, and you can charge up to four items at the same time without any additional adapters:
http://www.magellans.com/dualvoltage-power-strip<<<

Here's the problem I've encountered. Some recessed outlets are very deep and you might not be able to plug that in with one adapter because the recess is too deep. I've had to stack plugs more than once to be able to plug my item in. I guess if you haven't experienced this, you don't get what I'm talking about. If the plug end was simply a straight in plug, it wouldn't be an issue for a recessed outlet. Like this straight in plug.
http://www.bplampsupply.com/product/...lamp-cord-sets

Am I the only one that's had this issue?

FWIW - Hotels often have adapters to loan.
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Old May 13th, 2013, 07:11 PM
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Kybourbon, I've had the recessed outlets in hotels... they are fairly common in my experience... and I've had to borrow adapters from the hotel. Good save.
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Hi Amy,

My apologies for the gender mistake. Can you suggest a neutral word to avoid the awkward he/she or (s)he?

Now, for the recessed socket issue: it wouldn't hurt to have a spare adapter, but you couldn't stack two Aussie/euro adapters anyway, <i>because they wouldn't fit together</i>. What you would need is one Aussie/euro adapter and one adapter like this: http://image.ec21.com/image/dgrongku...ko_plug_to.jpg. There is no need to buy one in Australia, as they are readily available everywhere in Europe for only a couple of € each.
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Old May 14th, 2013, 02:48 AM
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OH! How stupid am I! Of course they wouldn't stack together. I'm glad you can't see me blush in shame.

No problem re gender, although I'm not Amy!! That's amy_torres_sd, I just called her that for short.

Thanks so much for all your wonderful help. It's been a fascinating trip through the world of voltage/amps/Hz/plugs...
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Old May 14th, 2013, 05:20 AM
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Hi smm_18,

I've made my share of blunders on this thread as well, and my face was also a couple of times.

Sorry this thread turned out to be a lecture, but I couldn't overlook all that well meaning but confusing advice, mainly from people who are familiar with adapters for North American plugs, but can't visualise what you, as an Australian, require. The best comment was from Dukey1: <i>"Gee, and all these years I've been staying in the wrong Italian hotels where my "continental plugs" have always worked."</i> That said it all. ;-)

I have had the privilege of visiting your beautiful country a couple of times, so know a little about Australian electricity. In my English home I have a mixture of appliances with American plugs, UK plugs, and Schuko plugs, and use various types of adapters and transformers every day.

Have a wonderful trip with your sons to Europe!
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Old May 14th, 2013, 07:36 AM
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FWIW, Maplins (the big chain electronics retailer in the UK)is offering a couple of worldwide adaptors that look as though they can take Australian plugs and plug into UK or continental sockets, depending on which prongs you pull/push into place:
http://www.maplin.co.uk/productsearc...vel%20Adaptors
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Old May 14th, 2013, 08:22 AM
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>>>Now, for the recessed socket issue: it wouldn't hurt to have a spare adapter, but you couldn't stack two Aussie/euro adapters anyway, because they wouldn't fit together<<<

Of course they would if you buy the small type. You could stack them the same as I do.

http://www.budgetgadgets.com/ususaau...er-p-4739.html

Hopefully, you won't encounter the deeply recessed outlets. Lately I take one of these adapters. It's really just to let you plug more stuff into an outlet at your house, but I plug it into the European adapter and then I can plug three things into this. Takes up far less room in your luggage than an extension cord or power strip. I'm sure you can buy something similar in Australia.

http://www.amazon.com/GE-58368-3-Gro..._bxgy_hi_img_y
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