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.

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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.

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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.

Have you visited these awesome Christmas destinations?

Christmas season officially started after Thanksgiving day. Winter is already here, so what’s better than a getaway? Take your family or friends, make your research about your ideal destination, book your tickets and have fun!

Santa Claus Village And Santa Park, Napapiiri In Lapland, Finland

(image via www.visitrovaniemi.fi)

(image via www.visitrovaniemi.fi)

 

Many people from all over the world tour, every year, the two different Santa-themed attractions, Santa Claus Village and Santa Park. This amusement park in Rovaniemi, in the Lapland region of Finland, is full of fun for both kids and parents. The existing rides are awesome as well as Santa Claus’ office where you have the opportunity to meet him in person. But do not forget before your trip to take with you your finland-plug-adapter since in Finland there are flowing plug adapters.

New York City, N.Y.

(image via theotherspot.com)

(image via theotherspot.com)

 

In New York City , there are a lot attractions during Christmas. You know Christmas is just around the corner when the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is all lit up. The big tree is there since 1931 and is now boasting 45.000 LED lights. It’s definitely a must see. Don’t forget to see a classical Christmas music concert like “Brandenburg Concertos” and also, visit Taste of Home Gingerbread Boulevard houses, the proof that life-size gingerbread houses exist outside of fairytales.

Cologne, Germany

(image via thestar.ie)

(image via thestar.ie)

 

Cologne is definitely a Christmas destination since it boasts eight(!) different Christmas markets. The atmosphere is unique and millions visitors from around the world spend their holidays there every year. The larger markets are situated in downtown but also the smaller ones have plenty to offer. Since Cologne is in Germany you will need voltage-converter considering that the United States and Canada operate on 110V to 120V electric current, whereas most countries in the world run on 220V, 230V and even as high as 240V.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

(image via www.thetravelmagazine.net)

(image via www.thetravelmagazine.net)

Do you like ice skating or just walking around the Christmas markets? Whatever you are up to, this period in Amsterdam is truly a festive season. On Dam Square there is the biggest Christmas tree which is 20 meters and is definitely amazing. All the lights in the streets brighten up the cold and long nights of winter. Be careful when packing though and remember that in Netherlands we have the flowing plug adapters and if your items will work on 220-250 volts then one netherlands-plug-adapter is all you will need.

Travel Voltage Converters for 2016

Traveling is incredibly exciting, whether you are leaving the country for the first time, or are a seasoned professional when it comes to packing up and exploring the world around you. Travel is not, however, inexpensive, and it comes with many challenges and surprises. One of those challenges is using electronics from your home country, abroad. And for that, you’re going to need a travel voltage converter.

So, what is a voltage converter? A voltage converter is a device that can change the electrical output of a power source. Typically, when traveling abroad, we are bringing devices with us that are built for a specific voltage. A voltage converter converts the power up or down to the correct level needed to safely operate the appliance. Usually, voltage converters change the voltage from 220 to 110, or vise versa. Sounds simple enough, but it’s important to have the right converter. There are many types, and many sizes. Before selecting a converter, though, you need to determine the voltage standards of your travel destination.

If you are bringing appliances suited for a 110 volt country to a 220 volt country, you will need what’s called a “step-down converter”. And if you plan to bring 220 volt appliances abroad with you to a 110 volt country, you’ll need to buy a “step-up converter”. A step-down converter can cover an appliance rated anywhere from 110 volts to about 127 volts, and a step-up converter will work on appliances with a 220-240 voltage rating. These two types of converters then vary in size depending on wattage or wattages of the devices that you’re bringing along with you on your travels. After searching the label on your appliance for the wattage, or amps, you’ll want to find a converter that operates up to two to three times higher than what is listed. This is to cover a possible surge when the converter and appliance are first plugged in, and protects both the electronic and the converter.

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Speaking of protecting your appliances, a worthwhile investment is a voltage converter with a built-in voltage stabilizer that maintains the output levels, even if the input levels suddenly fluctuate, which can happen in some regions. Regardless of whether or not you need a voltage converter or what kind, you will most definitely want to invest in a foreign plug adapter. Different countries have different electrical outlets, so even if you have a device that is dual voltage, or can operate around both the 110 and 220 volt range, it may not have the correct plug to be able to operate.

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Photo Credit – Different Types of Plugs Around the World

Power Outlets and Moving Overseas

Whether you are an American looking for a change of scenery in Europe, a student studying abroad for an extended period of time, or a member of the military, getting adjusted to living overseas can be overwhelming. One of the main problems that trips up those moving to a new country is power conversion. The fact is, when you go on a vacation in your home country, it is easy to grab your chargers and have everything you need. However, moving overseas requires you to learn about various voltages and the types of power outlets you will find so that you can get the necessary adapters and converters. Voltage converters allow you to use your devices purchased in North America overseas and should be at the top of your list of needs for moving overseas.

Plug Shapes and Outlet Sizes

The first thing that you will notice when traveling outside of the United States is that the shapes and sizes of outlets can vary from country to country. For example, you will find that you need a different type of plug for North America, Europe, the UK, Australia, and Africa. Some countries offer crossover, where you can use the same plug to charge your devices. However, you can see that moving to a new country and visiting other countries after you move can create a predicament if you do not have the right types of chargers.

When you are in the process of moving, be sure to create a checklist and know which converter you need to buy in order to get your phone, computer and other electricity-powered items to work in your new home. Learn more about converters and other items you will need for your move overseas by contacting a representative at Overseas Best Buy today at (800) 827-9978.

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European Outlets

European Outlets

Does My MacBook, iPad and iPhone Need a Voltage Convertor?

You’re heading overseas, which means that your Apple devices are, too. Unfortunately, though, your trusty American plugs won’t work when you reach your far-off destination, so you need to plan ahead in order to keep your MacBook, iPad and iPhone charged and ready for the trip. Some devices require a convertor box in order to transform the voltage that an outlet delivers — outside of the U.S., it’s often somewhere between 220 and 240 volts — so that they only receive the 110 watts that they can handle. Is your MacBook, iPad, or iPhone one such device? The answer is yes it is so all you need is a plug adapter.

MacBook

The MacBook was designed for users who live life on the go, so it’s no surprise that your laptop is ready to travel without much fuss. Unless your model is incredibly old, it probably has built-in dual voltage. This means that your MacBook will function on the United States’ 110-volt system, Europe’s 220-volt system, and Australia’s system, which can reach up to 240 volts. Furthermore, the entire world’s voltage ranks somewhere between this 110-240 range, so your computer is good to go without a convertor. Check the battery pack for verification of its voltage range.

iPad

The iPad’s charging system works much the same way as a MacBook. It can take voltage anywhere between the 110 and 240 range, too, which means you won’t need a convertor. It doesn’t matter what type of connector you have, either; simply get an adapter to change the shape of your iPad’s plug so that you can charge it at your final destination.

iPhone

By now, you probably know Apple’s policy on voltage capabilities; the iPhone can handle all of the world’s voltage, too, so long as you have the proper adapter for your plug.

Both the iPhone and the iPad have more charging potential than the MacBook because their charging cables are USB cords. You’ll find that many seats on public transportation, as well as many airports and hotels, have USB charging docks built into seats. You could also ditch your Apple plugs at home for the duration of your trip and invest in a USB-charging device with the plug of the area to which you are traveling. This sort of gadget should be easily accessible no matter where you’re traveling, too, so no worries if you forget your plugs at home in the first place — your Apple electronics will be just fine no matter where you’re jetting off to.

 

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