Power plugs

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Aug 27th, 2003, 05:13 PM
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Power plugs

Question: If I have a converter plug for my US electronics in England, can I use a power strip with multiple plug-ins? Or will this turn into the bad scene in the movie "Just Married" (of course without that the product that started their fire...)?
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Aug 27th, 2003, 05:48 PM
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Check with an electrician. For example, you won't be able to plug in a hair dryer, coffee pot, curling iron, clothes iron, all at the same time. Here in the U.S. it would blow the circuit breaker.

Low wattage stuff like laptop/battery chargers, shouldn't be a problem.

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Aug 27th, 2003, 08:04 PM
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What is the voltage in France?:-B
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Aug 27th, 2003, 08:19 PM
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The voltage is 220. The voltage difference is presumably not what the original questioner was asking about. I do think that a power strip will carry the current, regardles of the voltage. Only dual voltage items should be plugged into it, if it only has an adapter plug between it and the wall.

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Aug 28th, 2003, 06:45 AM
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Hi Luv,

Look for the wattage of your converter and the watts for each of your appliances. You don't want to use more than 2/3 of the rated wattage of the converter.

If it doesn't list wattage, multiply the current in amps by the voltage.

Hair dryers and coffeepots use a lot of current.
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Aug 28th, 2003, 07:57 AM
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check the voltage on the power strip as well ... the "smoke test" is usually not a good way to find out if something won't work.
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