France is a popular tourist destination that requires plug adapters and voltage converters

France is a popular tourist destination, with the Eiffel Tower and other popular landmarks. It is located in Western Europe. In order to use electronics from the United States in France, as well as most other countries outside of the American continent, you need two things, a voltage converter and a plug adapter, unless you have dual-voltage electronics. Dual-voltage electronics will work in other countries that use 220v, without a voltage converter. Most countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia use 220v. North America, most of Central America, and much of South America uses 110v. France is a country that uses 220v. The rest of Europe mostly uses 220v as well. If you are traveling to France, be sure to bring either a voltage converter or dual-voltage appliances. If you try to use single-volt appliances in France, you could cause a fire. But how do you know if your electronics are dual-volt or single-volt?
Look for the voltage rating directly on your appliance. If it says 110v, then it is a single-volt appliance. In this case, find the wattage by either looking on the appliance, or multiplying the voltage by the amp. Then, buy a voltage converter for this appliance that has a wattage at least 25% higher than the appliance. This helps the voltage converter to last longer.
But if you found a voltage rating on your appliance that listed 110v-220v, then it is dual-volt. You do not need a voltage converter for these appliances to function in France and other countries that use 220v electrical current.
However, even if you are bringing dual-voltage electronics with you to Croatia, you still need a plug adapter, because France uses a different type of plug than the Americas. But be careful when buying your plug adapter, because there are six different types of plug adapter corresponding to the six different international plug types, and if if you get the wrong one, it won’t work in France. So be sure to buy the correct one.

References:
France plug adapter
Francevoltage converter

Going to Finland, Need a plug adapter and voltage converter

Finland is a Scandanavian country in Northern Europe. In order to use electronics from the United States in Finland, as well as most other countries outside of the American continent, you need two things, a voltage converter and a plug adapter, unless you have dual-voltage electronics. Dual-voltage electronics will work in other countries that use 220v, without a voltage converter. Most countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia use 220v. North America, most of Central America, and much of South America uses 110v. Finland is a country that uses 220v. The rest of Europe mostly uses 220v as well. If you are traveling to Finland, be sure to bring either a voltage converter or dual-voltage appliances. If you try to use single-volt appliances in Finland, you could cause a fire. But how do you know if your electronics are dual-volt or single-volt?
Look for the voltage rating directly on your appliance. If it says 110v, then it is a single-volt appliance. In this case, find the wattage by either looking on the appliance, or multiplying the voltage by the amp. Then, buy a voltage converter for this appliance that has a wattage at least 25% higher than the appliance. This helps the voltage converter to last longer.
But if you found a voltage rating on your appliance that listed 110v-220v, then it is dual-volt. You do not need a voltage converter for these appliances to function in Finland and other countries that use 220v electrical current.
However, even if you are bringing dual-voltage electronics with you to Finland, you still need a plug adapter, because Finland uses a different type of plug than the Americas. But be careful when buying your plug adapter, because there are six different types of plug adapter corresponding to the six different international plug types, and if if you get the wrong one, it won’t work in Finland. So be sure to buy the correct one.

References:
Finland plug adapter
Finland voltage converter

Every wounder what you need when traveling to Fiji

The Republic of the Fiji Islands is a popular tourist destination. It is located in the South Pacific ocean, North of New Zealand. In order to use electronics from the United States in Fiji, as well as most other countries outside of the American continent, you need two things, a voltage converter and a plug adapter, unless you have dual-voltage electronics. Dual-voltage electronics will work in other countries that use 220v, without a voltage converter. Most countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia use 220v. North America, most of Central America, and much of South America uses 110v. Fiji is a country that uses 220v. The other islands around Fiji mostly use 220v as well. If you are traveling to Fiji, be sure to bring either a voltage converter or dual-voltage appliances. If you try to use single-volt appliances in Fiji, you could cause a fire. But how do you know if your electronics are dual-volt or single-volt?
Look for the voltage rating directly on your appliance. If it says 110v, then it is a single-volt appliance. In this case, find the wattage by either looking on the appliance, or multiplying the voltage by the amp. Then, buy a voltage converter for this appliance that has a wattage at least 25% higher than the appliance. This helps the voltage converter to last longer.
But if you found a voltage rating on your appliance that listed 110v-220v, then it is dual-volt. You do not need a voltage converter for these appliances to function in Fiji and other countries that use 220v electrical current.
However, even if you are bringing dual-voltage electronics with you to Fiji, you still need a plug adapter, because Fiji uses a different type of plug than the Americas. But be careful when buying your plug adapter, because there are six different types of plug adapter corresponding to the six different international plug types, and if if you get the wrong one, it won’t work in Fiji. So be sure to buy the correct one.

References:
Fiji plug adapter
Fiji voltage converter

Brazil : Why make it easier if we can make it harder?

I’m Brazilian and have been living in the US for the last 6 years. Once you remove yourself from a certain environment and experience new things, you start to realize how screwed up some things are where you came from. We all know and are frustrated everyday with the “jeitinhu brasileiro” (“brazilian way”) to do things and 9 out of 10 times it is NOT the easier way.

I’ve been working for a company in the U.S that specializes in 220 volts (2 phase) overseas appliances. Being in this field got me interested in researching why Brazil has 110V in some places and 220V in others, and I realized that the reason makes no sense whatsoever.

According to my research, in the 1920’s when the first electricity provider companies were starting to establish themselves in Brazil, there were no guidelines in what type of electricity the country should use, so each company did whatever they wanted. That is why if you go to some of the states in the north east or to the country side you might find the power outlets to be 220 volts. But if you go to a major city they will probably be 110 volts, but this is definitely not a rule. The rule is that there is no rule when talking about Brazilian electricity.

Something else I thought it was interesting, is that Brazil is one of the very few countries that uses 220 volts 60 hz when the majority of the countries that operate in 220 volts use 50 hz, the latter is a much more efficient way of using electricity. But of course Brazil has to be different. So a good advice for my fellow Brazilian friends is that, if you live in America and you are trying to take any motorized equipment overseas, make sure to check the hertz on your equipment. American 220 volts appliances are 3 phase 220 volts 60 hz. Models made to operate overseas are 2 phase 220 volts 50hz . Be aware because these 2 types of electricity are completely different from each other, and in this case there is no voltage converter that will do the job.

To make things even better, I found out that in 2010 Inmetro, the company that regulates electricity in Brazil, required the “Standardizing” of all power plugs and outlets in the country, but not to one of the ones that we already had which was the type C (European 2 round pin plug) or B American style plug. They decided to go “wild” and change to a Switzerland style plug type J.

Globalization? No! let’s be unique!

References:

http://blogln.ning.com/profiles/blogs/a-energia-eletrica-no-brasil-i

http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energia_el%C3%A9trica

https://www.110220volts.com/adapters/adapters.html

When you travel to Falkland Islands you will need

The Falkland Islands are a British territory consisting of an archipeligo. But, in order to use electronics from the United States in the Falkland Islands, as well as most other countries outside of the American continent, you need two things, a voltage converter and a plug adapter, unless you have dual-voltage electronics. Dual-voltage electronics will work in other countries that use 220v, without a voltage converter. Most countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia use 220v. North America, most of Central America, and much of South America uses 110v. The Falkland Islands are an archipeligo that uses 220v. The rest of South America however, mostly uses 110v. If you are traveling to Falkland Islands, be sure to bring either a voltage converter or dual-voltage appliances. If you try to use single-volt appliances in Falkland Islands, you could cause a fire. But how do you know if your electronics are dual-volt or single-volt?
Look for the voltage rating directly on your appliance. If it says 110v, then it is a single-volt appliance. In this case, find the wattage by either looking on the appliance, or multiplying the voltage by the amp. Then, buy a voltage converter for this appliance that has a wattage at least 25% higher than the appliance. This helps the voltage converter to last longer.
But if you found a voltage rating on your appliance that listed 110v-220v, then it is dual-volt. You do not need a voltage converter for these appliances to function in Denmark and other countries that use 220v electrical current.
However, even if you are bringing dual-voltage electronics with you to Falkland Islands, you still need a plug adapter, because Falkland Islands uses a different type of plug than the rest of the Americas. But be careful when buying your plug adapter, because there are six different types of plug adapter corresponding to the six different international plug types, and if if you get the wrong one, it won’t work in Falkland Islands. So be sure to buy the correct one.

References:
Falkland Islands plug adapter
Falkland Islands voltage converter