plugs for charging iPhone and iPad

Mar 2nd, 2014, 05:31 AM
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plugs for charging iPhone and iPad

I live in the US. I'm going on my first trip to Italy in a month. I went to Target to get an adaptor and they had all kinds of adaptors and converters. All I have to charge is an iPhone and iPad. What type of adaptor and/or converter do I need?

DrDaddio is offline  
Mar 2nd, 2014, 05:41 AM
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You don't need a converter,just an adaptor plug. Buy one labelled for Italy.
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Mar 2nd, 2014, 06:14 AM
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You only need an adapter.

For Italy, you get Euro plugs like these: (4.0mm pin diameter) (choose continental style)

NOT these: (4.8mm pin diameter)

Converter would be quadruple negatives:
1. Not needed
2. More expensive
3. Bulkier
4. Likely to charge your devices slower with cheap implementations without full wave outputs.
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Mar 2nd, 2014, 06:14 AM
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Thanks! They have them at Target.
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Mar 3rd, 2014, 02:36 PM
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Officemax had their “20% off if it fits in this paper bag” sale. We had priced adaptors and converters, so we knew this was a good price. I don’t know how many times I had explained the difference to Husband. **sigh** He’s a smart man...but if he’s not interested in a subject, I might as well be speaking gibberish. We got the adapter and converter pack. Now, if he really must have his electric razor in London and Paris, he can. Otherwise, just the little adaptors.

But here’s a question:

If you have just a little adaptor, can you plug that in, and then a (US) mini-multiplug into the adaptor, to charge more than one iPhone/ipad mini overnight?
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Mar 3rd, 2014, 04:07 PM
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I take the appropriate adapter and then one of those 3 outlet taps from CVS and plug it into the adapter. We can the recharge the ipad and camera while running my CPAP.
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Mar 3rd, 2014, 05:24 PM
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You can use a multi-plug.

adapter <-- multi-plug <-- chargers/applicances.

Highly polarized multi-plug may not fit in an adapter.
Since most of the items I carry are USB powered, I do this instead except for a camera which still uses its own charger.

adapter <-- multi-port USB charger
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