Choose Travel Power Adapters
It’s a wired, wired world out there. If you plan to explore it with your must-have gadgets like a cellphone, tablet, action cam and more, you need to figure out how to plug each of them into the local power grid. Because so many countries—and even regions within countries—developed their own electricity standards, it’s safe to say that diversity reigns out there.
Here are the steps to figure out if you need an adapter or converter while traveling:
- Verify the plug type that fits outlets at your destination.
- Get the correct adapter plug for that outlet. This isn’t needed if you’re headed to a destination that has U.S.-compatible outlets.
- Verify the voltage in the outlets at your destination.
- Verify the voltage input on each of your devices. Look for this info on its cord, plug or somewhere on the device itself.
- Get the correct voltage conversion accessory: This isn’t needed for dual-voltage devices (many are) or if your single-voltage device matches your destination’s voltage.
Before you go, check with your travel company or lodging providers:
- Ask about specific electricity needs at your destination.
- Ask if plugs (or voltages) used in nearby regions or businesses differ from the outlets at your lodging.
- Ask if they provide appliances like hair dryers, which can be challenging.