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What type of convertor do we need for France?

Apr 3rd, 2005, 12:28 PM
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Another suggestion - by your appliance there. Especially if you are just talking about a hair dryer or curling iron. Both are priced pretty similar to those in the US. Eases up on packing space too. If you'll be traveling to Europe again in the future, you'll already have your appliances.
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Apr 11th, 2005, 08:49 PM
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I have a problem. I have an expensive (over $100) flat iron to use on my hair. I really need to take it to Europe with me. I borrowed an adaptor/converter at work, however, when I brought it home I realized that it won'twork with the polarized plug on my flat iron. I would really rather not buy another one when I get there, as I know it won't do the same job and I am unwilling to buy an equivalent one over there that may cost me more money with the exchange rate. So what should I do? I am going to London, Paris, and Rome, so I need to get adapters for all places and I assume I will need only one converter. Do I buy the G-20 shown on the link and also get a converter? Or am I misunderstanding how this works?

Thanks in advance.
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Apr 11th, 2005, 09:37 PM
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What you need is GS-20 and your iron must be switchable to 230 Volts. Which it might not be, check this first.

If not, you can buy a converter with transformer in Europe which will accept polarized plugs. They are rather expensive and quite havy, depending on wattage. You can get any adaptors you need and they will work.

If you buy a converter, it has to carry the "CE" mark to be legally used in Europe. There are several possible designs, the havy converters have a "real" transformer, and this is what you need. If it does not have a polarized input, this is for a reason. If you use an adaptor to get rid of the polarization, you expose yourself to a potentially fatal risk. It may be small, but if someting happens to you and others...
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Apr 11th, 2005, 09:55 PM
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What about a digital camera battery charger. The charger says 110-240v, but does not have a "CE" label. It's a Canon and I would think that it would convert to the higher voltage. Do I need more than a 2 prong plug adapter?
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Apr 11th, 2005, 10:28 PM
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Check again, the "CE" looks a little strange. Which labels has it got?
http://www.vdi-nachrichten.com/libra...ichnung/ce.gif

You should have no problem, just use a 2 prong plug adaptor.
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Apr 12th, 2005, 05:56 AM
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Thanks for the info, logos999. So, I can't buy a converter here in the states before I go? Its 170 watts and 60 Hz, I think.

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Apr 12th, 2005, 06:06 AM
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JAF88, I have a Canon digital camera and just use an adapter. Had a devil of a time finding one when I forgot mine, too.

Here's my question: anyone know if my Palm would need a converter or does it automatically adjust for the different voltage?
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Apr 12th, 2005, 06:08 AM
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ewt, Your flat iron is way more that 170 watts. It produces heat and probably pulls near 1500. If you must take it, I would definitely recommend a 1500 watt transformer. I woulldn't worry about the Hz.
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Apr 12th, 2005, 06:24 AM
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Sorry, I meant volts. So, I need a transformer and not a converter. You'd be surprised how much misinformation I've been getting. Pretty much everyone has told me I need a converter and an adapter.
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Apr 12th, 2005, 06:31 AM
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A converter is a transformer -- You will be converting 220v down to 110v.

I purchased my wife a 220v ceramic plate flat iron just for our European travels. She doesn't like it as much as her 110 flat iron, but deals with it. It was cheaper than buying converter/transformer.

Personally, if you are in love with your $100 flat iron, I wouldn't take the chance of bringing it as it might "fry." Those portable converters were not meant to take on heavy duty appliances.
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Apr 12th, 2005, 06:37 AM
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Maybe you're right. It would be a loss if it got fried.

I'm going to guess this is going to cost me a little bit of money, since I will have to buy it in London and the exchange rate is so bad, but I guess I should suck it up. hah

Thanks for the advice.
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Apr 12th, 2005, 07:51 AM
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I know this is confusing. Better dont take your iron with you. If you need to buy a converter, there are different technologies available. Fool proof and most expensive and havy is the traditional transformer. f you really need a converter, this is what you should buy if specifications of you device are met. A 1000 Watts transformer costs more than 100 Euros. Those portable light weight converters dont use a traditional transformer. I have not yet seen such a device legalized for use in Europe.
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Apr 12th, 2005, 07:59 AM
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Why buy one in London? This is the one we purchased. Not her favorite, but it did the job.

http://www.conair.com/conair/product...sp?product=253
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Apr 12th, 2005, 08:06 AM
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Here's another option for you.

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34540765
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Apr 12th, 2005, 08:13 AM
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Budman, thank you SO MUCH for all your help in this matter. I will probably end up getting one here before I leave.

logos999, you have also helped me a great deal. Thanks again.
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Apr 12th, 2005, 08:15 AM
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ewt, you will need one of those London 3-prong plug adapters. You can get one at any luggage store.
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Apr 12th, 2005, 08:27 AM
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Got it.
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Oct 4th, 2007, 04:08 AM
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I need some help and that's why I'm writing now...well....my brother brought me a ceramic plate with 120V and 400W from America...and I think I need a convertor or something like that because here in Romania the plug use 220 V :-s...if somebody can tell me what shell I do or from where can I buy that convertor,I'll me very happy...thank you !
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Oct 4th, 2007, 04:19 AM
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What's a 120V ceramic plate? Something for heating?
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