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Which USB charger and power strip to get for travelling?

Old Mar 5, 18, 3:04 am
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Which USB charger and power strip to get for travelling?

What do you guys recommend for a multi-port USB charger and power strip for use when travelling? So this means it needs to be able to accept 110v-240v.
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Old Mar 5, 18, 10:52 am
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I carry this one as it works for domestic and international travel. If international, just slap an adapter on it and go. If domestic, it's ready to go. The outlets on it will accept either plug type, so if I have to unplug a lamp or something to get an outlet to plug it in, I can plug it back into the strip. Some may want one with more outlets (they're available on Amazon) but with the built in USB ports, I find that the only thing I usually plug in is my laptop, and I charge my electronics off the laptop or the USB ports. This one is small enough to pack without taking up any significant space.

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Old Mar 5, 18, 11:38 am
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Here is another one with international socket adapters and a storage case. Unfortunately it does not show the length of the electrical cable.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Simran-SM-9...item2398948737
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You can do a lot better pricewise buying these at your intended destinations with more international AC outlets and USB outlets.
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Old Mar 6, 18, 12:44 pm
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In the past, I traveled w/ one fold out/up type single outlet adapter (maybe from Targus) and plugged an AC power strip into that, then all my various wall warts/charger blocks into the power strip.

Via Amazon I bought this

BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter 220V to 110V Voltage Converter with 6A 4-Port
USB Charging and UK/AU/US/EU Worldwide Plug Adapter

and am going to give it a try in a week or so when in LHR.
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Old Mar 6, 18, 1:12 pm
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Originally Posted by jsnydcsa View Post
Via Amazon I bought this

BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter 220V to 110V Voltage Converter with 6A 4-Port
USB Charging and UK/AU/US/EU Worldwide Plug Adapter

and am going to give it a try in a week or so when in LHR.
I like the look of this. Please report back after your trip.
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Old Mar 6, 18, 2:21 pm
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I have a Mogics dount charger. Works great.
https://www.mogics.com/3824-2
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Old Mar 6, 18, 6:22 pm
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Originally Posted by cliburn View Post
I have a Mogics dount charger. Works great.
https://www.mogics.com/3824-2
Some reviewers are complaining about the reliability and the level of worldwide compatibility of the MA-1 adapter inside the Donut/Bagel. I was hoping that, for it's price, one would not have to carry additional pin converters.
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Old Mar 6, 18, 7:09 pm
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Some reviewers are complaining about the reliability and the level of worldwide compatibility of the MA-1 adapter inside the Donut/Bagel. I was hoping that, for it's price, one would not have to carry additional pin converters.
I have had one since their kickstarter debut. I have had zero issues.... YMMV
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Originally Posted by cliburn View Post
I have had one since their kickstarter debut. I have had zero issues.... YMMV
Good to know.

What types of AC sockets have you used it with?
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Good to know.

What types of AC sockets have you used it with?
I have used it all over the world.
Done UK type sockets, EU type sockets and AUS type.
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Old Mar 7, 18, 8:47 pm
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I did some more reading on compatibility and it appears there is a new version that has added compatibility with Type E electrical sockets.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...al/description

It may not be shipping yet.
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Old Mar 8, 18, 2:26 pm
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Check out these guys: https://www.europlugs.com/ or these: WAT USB, Univer Adapter Manufacturer - Wonpro & Yang Ji Co., Ltd. (they may be the same).

I've bought from them in the past, and they will have what you want, and more.
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Old Mar 10, 18, 10:49 pm
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I currently have an Anker 5 port USB charger, though this one would work too -
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Both are 110-240v. There are similar devices that include a power bank, but those cost more and I have not tried them.

Add an outlet converter and you're all set. Either the $2 single-type, buy one Euro, one UK, etc, or one of the multi-plug ones.

Some of the multi-adapters also have multiple USB ports, but I tend to think these will be fiddly bits of cheap plastic that will die.
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For US to EU plugs, for example, this looks interesting (6 pack, $8)
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I have this one - it's a three pack, and converts one EU plug to two US plugs
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Old Mar 11, 18, 9:29 pm
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Apparently it' s been too long since I had a good long rant against that Bestek, Amazon and in general the people who buy things like that. But I am tired and old so I will just say this: please let me know where you are so I can avoid the place you are about to burn down. Because, frankly, I can't care enough any more you are about to electrocute yourself. Keywords: grounded vs non grounded outlets, IEC C5/C6 max amperage vs NEMA 5-15P/R amperage.

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