Five Reasons Why Small Adapters Are a Must-Have for Traveling Abroad

Because we’re all so reliant on our laptops, mobile phones, wearable tech, and other devices, being suddenly cut off from them comes as a huge shock. That’s why ensuring that you’re able to charge your devices no matter where you are is so important to travelers.

Many people who are traveling abroad, particularly first-time travelers, either forget or do not know that electrical outlets in many foreign countries are very different than U.S. outlets.  For starters, the outlets and plugs may be shaped differently, making U.S. electronics physically incompatible without an adapter. Voltages and frequencies may be different, too, also requiring a specialized adapter.

Charge your devices

Fortunately, there are products that can accommodate U.S. electronic products. 110 to 220 converters and transformers can help U.S. residents visiting other countries safely and effectively charge the devices they need to learn more about where they’re visiting or to stay connected back home.

Consider these advantages of taking a converter with you when traveling overseas:

  • Damage to devices. When you plug a device designed just to handle 110 volts into a 220 volt outlet, the result is often a fried device. By using proper voltage adapters, you can ensure your devices safely charge while you’re visiting overseas. Modern electronics aren’t cheap, so take the steps necessary to protect yours.
  • Voltage converters keep you safe. Plugging American electronics designed for 110 volts into a 220 volt outlet can result in fire. Using voltage converters helps keep you safe from electronics-related fires.
  • Stay connected. There are few things as disconcerting as being cut off from your normal methods of communication and information access when you’re in a foreign country. Keeping your devices charged gives you a critical lifeline to your friends and loved ones back home.
  • Convenient and easy. Voltage adapters are small and fit in your pocket or purse. They can be easily used at hotels and restaurants, or on planes and trains with electrical outlets. Transformers are a little bigger and clunkier, but these will fit in your luggage and can be used in your hotel room for continuous electronics charging.
  • Inexpensive. Purchasing a converter is cheaper than purchasing temporary devices for use overseas or replacing items damaged by improper voltage.


When traveling abroad, be sure to find out what voltage and frequency electronics they use, and also be aware of how plugs and outlets are configured. The nations of the world have a wide variety of plugs and sockets, so don’t assume all foreign countries use the same standard.

Also, check your electronics to see with what voltages and frequencies they are compatible. Armed with this knowledge, you can get the right voltage converter or other adapter you need to accommodate your device while traveling abroad.

110220Volts sells adapters and transformers that help travelers stay connected by keeping their devices charged while overseas. 110220Volts offers a wide selection of electronics, including region-free DVD players, and much more. For help, or a consultation, call 1-800-827-9978.

CHAPTER 1: How do I select the correct voltage converter?

There are three easy step anyone can follow to determine the most appropriate voltage converter for his/her needs:

  1. Before you choose a voltage converter you need to determine the voltage.
  • Usually the voltage is either 110 volts or 220 volts.
  • Determining your voltage is easy as know your geographical location.
  • Since most North America uses 110 volts while most of the rest world including Europe, Asia, Africa or South America uses 220 volts.
  1. With the knowledge of volts present all that is remaining is knowing the amount of watts. Most genuine products have should have a label or within the product’s manual there should be information clearly explaining the amount of watts needed for your product.
The labels are mostly located on the back of the items  

Selecting correct voltage conveter

Selecting correct voltage converter



  • Watts may be abbreviated as W on your appliance. However if you can’t find Watts or W on the label of your appliance, then you may be able to find Amps, also known as amperage or A. This can be converted to Watts in order to select the correct converter
  • If the information is only represented amps use this simple equation (amps x volts = watts)

e.g. 10 amps x 100 volts = 1000 Watts

  • Identify whether you need a step up or step down voltage convertor? – with the knowledge of volts and watts you need to find out if you need a step up or a step down converter.

we highly recommended you buy a converter with a certain percentage higher wattage capability especially when using motorized equipment such as kitchen appliances We recommend you double the wattage.

(Ex. If your product says 1,100 Watts, then should purchase a converter made for at least2, 200 watts.)

All other electronics: We recommend a converter with a 30% higher wattage capability.

This is important because in doing so, you greatly minimize your chances of overloading the converter, all the while making sure you get your money’s worth because this will help to extend the life of your voltage converter , transformer, or regulator.

With all that knowledge now may a choice on which voltage converter, transformer or regulator best suits your needs from:

  1. 1. Step down Voltage Converters : Made for electronic items that use 110 volts to Converts a 220 volts power source down to 110 volts.
  2. Step up Voltage Converters: Made for electronic items that use 220 volts to operate. Converts a 110 volts power source up to 220 volts to operate.
  3. Deluxe Voltage Converters : This performs both functions.

Made for 110 or 220 voltage electronic items.

Can both Step Down and Step Up and also will work as a Voltage Regulator simultaneously.

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General Rules for Appliance Voltage Compatibility

Whenever you travel to a foreign country or order an electrical or electronic product on the Internet, it is extremely important to understand your appliance’s voltage before use. Without all of the information you need ahead of time, even something as simple as plugging in a charging cable to a wall outlet can fry your device or start a fire. Follow these three general rules for voltage compatibility to ensure safety no matter where you are.

  1. Buy an Adapter Plug – Especially if you are traveling from the United States to another country, you will likely need an adapter plug in order to use your appliance or electronic device. As we’ve covered in other blog posts, there are a variety of outlet plug types, depending on the country or region of the world, so you will need an adapter that works in your location.
  2. Know the Required Voltage – The first step is to check the required voltage for your appliance before plugging in. Depending on where you purchased the item, it will be made for 110 volts (North America) or 220-240 volts (most of the rest of the world). The input voltage information can be found on the appliance itself or its power adapter.
  3. Shop for Voltage ConvertersVoltage converters help ensure that you can safely use products around the world. For example, you will need a converter if your appliance is made in America and you want to use it in England, and vice versa.

Traveling the World

By knowing the type of adapter plug you need and the right converter to use for your product, you will be able to avoid risks and have appliances that are compatible with power sources around the world. Learn more about what you need when you travel or move to another country by calling Overseas Best Buy ( at 800-827-9978.

Why Isn’t There a Universal Electric Plug?

If you’ve ever traveled outside of the country, you are sure to have come across power cords and electrical outlets that look much different than those in use in the United States. However, you may be wondering why there are so many different types of electrical plugs instead of a universal option to connect the entire world. To understand why you need a 220 to 110 converter for your electrical appliances and electronics overseas, look back at the history of electricity and innovation over the years.

Home electricity was first developed after the invention of the light bulb as a way to bring electric lighting to houses. In order to do so, lighting fixtures connected to a specialized light socket to draw electricity from the wiring to the house. As products developed that helped reduce the time it took to get jobs around the house done, there came a need for a connection other than a light socket that could supply power.

With the race on to develop plugs and outlets to fulfill these needs, countries around the world came up with their own solutions. This is why there are at least 15 types of plugs and outlets in use today.

Universal Power Adapter

As the global economy continued to grow and countries became more dependent on one another, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) tried to implement a universal electric plug. In 1986 it introduced the Type N plug but support around the world was not enough to lead to its adoption. Currently Type N is used almost exclusively in Brazil, where it was adopted as the national standard in the early 21st century because the country had been using multiple different types until that point.

Learn more about the history of electric outlets and plugs, and shop for universal adapters and more, by calling Overseas Best Buy ( today at (800) 827-9978.

How Do You Choose the Right Plug Adapter?

In our previous blog post, we talked about the history of electrical outlets and why different regions around the world use different outlet types. Now that you know the reasons behind plug types and the importance of voltage converters, you’ll need to understand how to choose the right plug adapter when you are out of the country. The first thing to know is that a plug adapter is designed to allow you to plug in your devices into a wall socket when you are on vacation or after you’ve moved to a new country. Since the United States has outlets that deliver 110 volts of electricity, be sure to check if you need a voltage adapter to safely plug in at your destination.

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Which Countries Use Which Plugs?

Buying a universal plug adapter allows you to have one solution no matter where you are in the world. If you are moving overseas and want to bring your American electronics with you, you will need adapters for your new home so that you can continue to use your devices. Here is a list of common destinations around the world and the outlet types you may encounter:

  • Types A and B – Japan, Taiwan, Central America, Caribbean, South America
  • Types C, E, F – Europe, Middle East, Israel, parts of Asia and Africa
  • Type G – United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, parts of Africa
  • Type I – China, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji

Use this information and see a picture of what plugs around the world look like so you can choose the perfect adapter for your needs. The experts at Overseas Best Buy will also assist with converters so you can protect not only your electronics but also your home or the hotel where you are staying. Learn more by contacting a representative today at (800) 827-9978.