When traveling overseas you should be asking yourself the following:
How do I select the correct voltage converter/transformer for my equipment? ( Step down or step up) How many watts/amps do I need for my converter to work with the equipment I have? Should I purchase a voltage converter/transformer that is more powerful than my equipment?If so, how much more power (watts/amps) should my converter be able to handle? Because these questions should be on your mind when planing a trip overseas, 110220 volts has created a tool that will help you answer these questions. Go to our Voltage Converter Help page answer a simple 4 question questionnaire about your equipment, and get a list of what are the voltage converter/transformers that will work for your specific needs.
All the voltage converters listed on the chart above, have the ability to step up, which means allowing 220-240 Volt personal care products (Europe, Asian,African Middle east and most South American countries) like: hair dryers, curling Irons, and shavers and other items, with power consumption below 5000 watts, to be used in countries where the power source provides 110-120 Volts (All North American and some Latin American countries).
Other household appliances might also work with these converters include: Laptop and desktop computers, DVD players, home theater systems,kitchen appliances such as microwaves, blenders, mixers, food processors,and refrigerators, power tools,and hair styling tools. Please be aware that the list of items mentioned above are only to give you an idea of the type of items that could work with these converter/transformers. In order ensure that you purchase the correct converter, it's a good idea to learn the power consumption of the equipment you want to take overseas.Power consumption information can be found in watts or amps, and it will help you determine what voltage converter transformer you need to purchase. Still unsure? Visit Voltage Converter Help page for assistance.
Note: voltage converters should NEVER be used at 100% capacity. Please make sure to calculate a 30% slack for you converter to work with for non-motorized equipment, and 100% slack for motorized equipment. Example: a laptop (non-motorized equipment) that consumes 70 watts to work needs a 100 watt converter/transformer (30% Slack). While a small shaver (motorized) that consumes 50 watts also needs a 100 watt converter.transformer(100% slack) to be able to operate properly.