converters and adapters

Old Nov 21st, 2009, 06:21 AM
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converters and adapters

Can anyone suggest a good set of adaptors to buy? I live in the US, and will be travelling to Italy and the middle east.
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Old Nov 21st, 2009, 09:52 AM
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Not much difference - IMO a plug adapter is a plug adapter is a . . . .

Go to any local shop (from Target/Walmart to upscale) that has travel gear. Luggage shops may have the best selection. But like I said, they are all about the same.

There are some universal ones - I've had two. The cheaper ones tend to be clunky and the expensive ones are just not that necessary.
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Old Nov 21st, 2009, 09:58 AM
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Oh - meant to add, if you are asking about a voltage converter and not plug adapters - are you sure you even need one?

Most modern electronics are dual voltage, and single voltage appliances like hairdryers are generally inefficient when converted. They sometimes also have a habit of blowing fuses/melting/smoking - which is not a good thing. Especially when you've blown the fuses in a B&B 2 mornings in a row

A dual voltage one w/ a plug adapter is a better idea.
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Old Nov 21st, 2009, 04:33 PM
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Yes i meant to ask about a converter as well! How do i know if i need one?
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Old Nov 21st, 2009, 06:43 PM
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look on the appliance - it will clearly state whether it is dual voltage or not. Something like "125/250V 60/50Hz"

If it is dual voltage - you just need plug adapters.

If it isn't dual voltage, then leave it home unless it is an absolute necessity.

What sorts of things do you plan on taking?
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Old Nov 23rd, 2009, 04:48 AM
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Dell notebook laptop, shaver, video cam, reg. Cam, phone charger - nothing out of the ordinary. With all the research I've done so far, everyone says not to use a converter, so I think ill stick with that.
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Old Nov 23rd, 2009, 09:45 AM
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Most computer and battery/phone chargers are dual voltage so all you need is a plug adapter.

re the shaver - I'd either take a cordless one (fully charged, it should work for the duration of a 2 week trip). OR better yet - just take safety razors. The less extra/unnecessary electric 'stuff' the better IMO
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It's very simple. You should never need a power converter because you should really never travel with an appliance that requires one.

Hotels (even cheap ones) have hair dryers. If you need a curling iron, buy one in Italy. It's cheaper than a converter and less heavy, and then you can use it in the Middle East as well since voltages will be similar (though you may still need a plug adapter depending on where you go).
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Before you take electronics and just assume that they'll work, PLEASE check them. On the power cord (the big block on my laptop) if it says something like "Input 100-240V 50-60 Hz" it's dual voltage and you don't need a converter. If it doesn't say that, or something similar, don't take the item or you do need a converter. If you plug something that is only set up for US currents and not dual voltage into an outlet in Italy, it could start a fire or simply blow the fuses and possibly fry your item.

Everything I've used in the last few years that I've checked has been dual voltage so it hasn't been a problem. Still... please check!
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