Power Adaptor Needed in Ireland, Great Britain?

Mar 26th, 2019, 01:12 PM
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Power Adaptor Needed in Ireland, Great Britain?

I'm taking a month-long trip to Ireland and Great Britain. I have a 12 year old power adapter that I used on previous trips, and wonder if I'll need it this time around. My devices that will need charging are my MacBook Air, i-Phone, and Anker battery pack. No hairdryer, electric toothbrush, etc.

If I do need to take an adapter, would it be wise to get a new one?

Thanks for any technical advice!

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Mar 26th, 2019, 01:42 PM
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As a point of clarification, usually “electrical” appliances like hair dryers, electric razors, etc. need Power Adaptors. “Electronic” devices such as laptops, cell phones, cameras, etc. only require Plug Adaptors.

Your MacBook and iPhone are dual voltage “electronic” devices so you won’t need a Power Adaptor . You don’t say what country you are from, but assuming you are from the US, the only thing you’ll need to charge those items is an US to UK “plug adaptor”. Not sure what an Ankar Batter Pack is but it probably falls into the category of an “electronic” device rather than an “electrical” device. If so, you’ll just need the plug a adapter. Check the info panel on the charging device for the battery pack to confirm if it is dual voltage.

To answer your other question, assuming it was working when last used there is no need to replace an “old” power adaptor unless it was somehow damaged since you last used it.
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Mar 26th, 2019, 04:12 PM
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Do you have a Converter (steps the voltage up/down) or an Adapter (adapts the plug to fit the sockets)? Those are two different things. From your post I'd think you are talking about a converter. Totally useless for the items you list since they are dual voltage..

All you need is a plug adapter -- both countries use the same sort of three large rectanglular prong adapters -- like this one

https://www.amazon.com/Pack-Travel-Adapter-Type-Plug/dp/B072K3Y9KH/ref=asc_df_B072K3Y9KH/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=242045434535&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3687035995128963636&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9032435&hvtargid=pla-486330649439&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/Pack-Travel-Adapter-Type-Plug/dp/B072K3Y9KH/ref=asc_df_B072K3Y9KH/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=242045434535&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3687035995128963636&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9032435&hvtargid=pla-486330649439&psc=1
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Mar 26th, 2019, 04:30 PM
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Thanks so much. That clears up all of my confusion.
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Mar 26th, 2019, 08:32 PM
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Short answer is to always read the label. Some place on the device you should see a label with power requirements. You can ignore the output but look at the input.

For Europe you need to see 220V. North America uses 110V. That means you might see 110-220V. Or something similar. If you see the 220V all you need is a plug adapter.

I assume (dangerous I know) the anker is an USB powerbank. First of all how big is it? There is a limit on how big you can fly with. Once again check the label. I don't think Anker makes anything too big to fly with BUT IT MUST HAVE A LABEL to be legal on the plane.

FAA rules

Maybe not the easiest thing to read but it shows the limit of 100 watt hours. Like I said I assume your Anker is much smaller but it must state on the battery label how many watt hours. Of course security might not even notice.

Next point. How are you charging the powerbank? The same charger for your phone or a different one? Either case read it's label and look for 220V
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