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Old Mar 28, 10, 11:34 am
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Traveling abroad, power converter?

I almost never go abroad, but this summer ill be traveling to Spain, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, and Morocco. I'll ofc be traveling with my laptop, iphone, etc, and a friend mentioned to me that i may need adapters to plug everything in over there. while researching it i came across sites listing both "plug adapters" and "power converters" eg:
Plug adaptor
or
Power Converter

i have no idea which ill need....can anyone help advise me? thanks a ton!
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Old Mar 28, 10, 11:37 am
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I doubt you will need power converters for the devices you mentioned. They should accept 110-250 odd volts (and be marked on the charger).

Power adaptors are required. There are plenty of 'universal' ones available, but won't recommend any as I'm yet to find one I really like.
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Old Mar 28, 10, 11:56 am
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alright sweet, much cheaper that way too! thx
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Old Mar 28, 10, 12:29 pm
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Look at the power adapters for any of the devices you are taking. Make sure they are rated up to 240 or so volts and you are fine. I once had a "world phone" that came with only a 120 volt power supply - very annoying.

$65 is way more than you need to spend. I have one like this and it works fine, although I prefer the individual adapters like this, but you would need several different styles based on your itinerary I think.
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Old Mar 28, 10, 12:44 pm
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Originally Posted by xolinlevh View Post
I almost never go abroad, but this summer ill be traveling to Spain, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, and Morocco. I'll ofc be traveling with my laptop, iphone, etc, and a friend mentioned to me that i may need adapters to plug everything in over there. while researching it i came across sites listing both "plug adapters" and "power converters" eg:
Plug adaptor
or
Power Converter

i have no idea which ill need....can anyone help advise me? thanks a ton!
You need plug adapters. The devices you mentioned, usually come with universal power adapters that work on 100-240 V and 50/60Hz. All you need is an adapter that allows your plugs to fit the sockets in those countries.

It's an issue of electrical anatomy, of matching male and female parts.
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Old Mar 28, 10, 1:51 pm
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You can spend as little as $10 on decent adapters, try Amazon or your local Radio Shack. Many people have preferences. I have used and lost many types so now I just get the cheapest. You'll have at least three different types of plugs on your trip so get a universal adapter.
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Old Mar 28, 10, 2:46 pm
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Originally Posted by xolinlevh View Post
I almost never go abroad, but this summer ill be traveling to Spain, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, and Morocco. I'll ofc be traveling with my laptop, iphone, etc, and a friend mentioned to me that i may need adapters to plug everything in over there. while researching it i came across sites listing both "plug adapters" and "power converters" eg:
Plug adaptor
or
Power Converter

i have no idea which ill need....can anyone help advise me? thanks a ton!

Check THIS out. That would be all you need.
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Old Mar 28, 10, 3:10 pm
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Along with the adapter that everyone is recommending I also have this adapter from Belkin which I plug in to the adapter:

http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Mini-Su...9810365&sr=1-1

Most adapter/converter only give you one plug. The Belkin extends that to give you 3 standard US plug as well as 2 usb powered plug. I am able to charge/use - camera, blackberry, netbook, mp3 player. Just perfect for guys with all the toys and the ability to recharge them all.
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Old Mar 28, 10, 3:20 pm
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found This one at bestbuy, i have a gift card there i can use....should work right?
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Wow, you guys make it big and expensive.

I use 50 cent adapters that take no room at all.

Search ebay for item number 190383672364

By having a few in my bag, I don't get in trouble if I leave one in an outlet somewhere.

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Old Mar 28, 10, 7:49 pm
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Originally Posted by roberto99 View Post
Wow, you guys make it big and expensive.

I use 50 cent adapters that take no room at all.

Search ebay for item number 190383672364

By having a few in my bag, I don't get in trouble if I leave one in an outlet somewhere.
Trust me I've used those, and after using them for a while I have to replace them because of loose connection. I agree they are cheaper but for a reason! At least that's my experience.
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Trust me I've used those, and after using them for a while I have to replace them because of loose connection. I agree they are cheaper but for a reason! At least that's my experience.
And conversely even the more expensive ones aren't always good. Have used one like this: http://www.swisstravelproducts.com/i...product_id=162 and one of the flimsy plastic pins broke (the one that holds the bit where you plug things into onto the base)

I also don't trust some of the other multi-adaptors as I suspect they will also wear out quickly too due to the way prongs etc are stored.
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Old Mar 29, 10, 2:37 am
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For the countries you mention, the cheapo eBay adapters will be just fine. Reference here: http://users.telenet.be/worldstandar...city.htm#plugs

(Even if you find yourself travelling to the UK you can use these, with a bit of bravery)
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Old Mar 29, 10, 7:32 am
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Originally Posted by xolinlevh View Post
found This one at bestbuy, i have a gift card there i can use....should work right?
Will work, but still more than you need to spend.
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