If you are planning to travel overseas and you want to use a small appliance such as a curling iron, hair straightener, hair dryer, electric razor, etc. there are things you need to know. You won’t be able to just plug your appliance in and use it.
The appliance must be dual-voltage. Here in the US we run on a 110V system. Most countries run on a 220-240V system. Unless something is marked as dual-voltage it is not built to sustain 220 volts and will fry. I shut down an entire section of a hotel in my early days of traveling. So before you take it with you make sure it can handle 220 volts. If you already have the appliance and are not sure if it is dual-voltage it is best to error on the safe side and leave it at home.
Now that you have an appliance that will handle 220 volts you need to be able to plug it into the wall socket. Wall sockets differ throughout the world. You will need an adapter in order to use your type A (two pins) or type B (three pins) plug. The type of adapter you will need varies by country. We have found the cheap ones work the best. You can find very inexpensive ones on amazon. To find out which adapter you need follow the link below.
You should not have any issues charging small electronics such as smart phones, kindles, tablets, laptops, charging bricks, cameras, etc.
NOTE: We have never had luck with step-down converters. This is something you can buy that will convert the 220 volts down to 110 volts. We have tried 3 different brands and all have melted within the first 72 hours. Don’t waste your money.
*Use this site for reference: http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plug-voltage-by-country/
*As of 3.19.2017
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