When you travel outside the United States, most countries have different power outlets.
- Their outlets don’t fit U.S. plugs
- They may have a different electric current.
Generally I don’t worry about the electric current. Most modern electronics are going to be ‘dual voltage’ so you just have to be able to plug them into the socket, regardless of the current.
Women’s styling devices are a different matter, hair dryers, curling irons, and all sorts of devices I don’t understand require a power converter so athey don’t burn out. You plug the converter into the adapter and the device into the converter.
Fortunately I don’t carry stuff like that with me. I mostly just need to make the power cords for my laptop, cell phone, and wireless internet device plug into the wall.
- I used to use adapters specific to each region. They’re small and cheap. But I had so many of them, they’re cumbersome. I had to pick the right ones. And needing them for every region they turn out to be more expensive than a universal adapter.
- But those universal adapters are usually bulky, the size of several adapters. And often they aren’t well made.
Here’s the one I’ve been using though that I’m very happy with. It was recommended to me by Joe Brancatelli. I carry a couple of them in my laptop bag and they don’t really take up room or add weight. And I don’t have to think about what adapters I’ll need for a given trip.
The adapter is made even more useful because I also carry a compact travel power strip with me. Then I can plug in 3 devices with only one adapter. I’ve carried the Monster Outlets-to-Go power strip for five years.
And I use the power strip:
- in hotel rooms (“this room has too many outlets” said no hotel guest ever)
- in airports (which never have enough outlets, and there’s always someone else using them when I need them, I ask if we can share)
These are basic, inexpensive items I use in my daily travels. Since they’re easily accessible at Amazon I’ve included my Amazon links for them.