Electrical adaptors in Italy

Old Aug 18th, 2005, 05:56 AM
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Electrical adaptors in Italy

Can someone please shed some light on electrical adaptors required for Italy? One source says to use the 2 prong adaptor and another one says to use the 3 prong in-line type with ground. I already have the converter but wanted to buy extra adaptors.
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Old Aug 18th, 2005, 06:45 AM
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This subject has been talked about many times on thsi board. You may want to type "electical adaptors" in the search field to see the answers.
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Old Aug 18th, 2005, 07:20 AM
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A two-prong "Continental plug" adaptor is all you need..it will work in both two prong and grounded outlets
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Old Aug 18th, 2005, 11:15 AM
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In addition to Intrepid being correct in that the two prong one will work in either kind of outlet, be aware that if you have the three prong type, it will NOT fit in many of the outlets you'll see which will only have two holes.
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will these two pronged adaptors fit onto standard U.S. appliances such as blowdryers, curling irons, etc?
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Hi winesaavy7
>will these two pronged adaptors fit onto standard U.S. appliances such as blowdryers, curling irons, etc?<

Only if they are US/Italy adaptors.


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Two issues here: In Europe apart from the UK which as ever is weird, there are a variety of outlet types which share one common characteristic. Even though the grounding arrangements differ from counry to country, a european two pronged plug will fit them all. The voltage however is twice that of the US, so unless you have a transformer, which is heavy, or a multivoltage piece of equipment, you'll get more than you bargained for if you plug a piece of US kit in! Depending on how much kit youhave, the best solution might be simply to buy cheap euro versions of the things you need and donate them to a thrift shop or other good cause when you leave. It saves carrying them on the plane as well. Remember, most hotels will loan hairdyers irons etc.
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