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You Have The Power, or Do You?

In today’s electronics heavy world, traveling abroad can be a bit tricky. In the “old days” when you went abroad you left all your electrical items behind. Mobile devices? They were the things of science fiction. However, nowadays we travel around the globe with a number of devices, all of which require periodic recharging. Whether you’re traveling abroad on business or taking advantage of a luxury vacation home swap, you need to know a bit about how to safely charge your devices.

It may not be enough to have a plug adapter. While the adapter may fit into the wall receptacle and the plug for your device fits into the adapter, that is no indicator that everything is going to work properly. In fact, depending on where you are, you can seriously damage your devices and even put yourself and others at risk.

You see, it’s not just about getting things to plug into the socket. It’s also about whether you’re taking in the correct voltage. To complicate matters further, you need to know what to use as adapters for electrical devices and which to use for electronic devices. Seniors looking for travel savings may want to take along some convenient and familiar appliances. If you use the wrong adaptor, you may find yourself doing some unexpected shopping to replace it.

So how do you prevent these kinds of mishaps? Let’s take a brief look and, if you still have questions, you can access this useful link from REI or this worldwide plug and power resource.

To begin with you need to know whether you need a converter or a transformer. The difference is determined by what you’re going to use with each of them. Both adjust the voltage up or down according to the device’s needs but, a converter is going to be useful for electrical appliances. For example, blow dryers, electric razors, and other devices which incorporate electric motors or heating elements.

A transformer, while doing the same action of increasing or decreasing voltage as needed is suited for devices with delicate electronic chips and circuitry. These devices might be smart phones, laptops, tablets and other similar devices.

And remember, these standards are not just for when you’re taking advantage of house swapping for your vacation. They may also apply if you’re planning to use a power cord while flying, taking the train, or on a ship. Contact your travel agent or carrier and make sure you know the power rating of your conveyance before plugging in.

Well, there you have it, some useful things to consider when traveling abroad. Being prepared with the right adapters will make your trip a lot more enjoyable and safer. Until next time; happy traveling. 

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Update - you might find the related post useful on power and convertors 
Thank you to the writing team which is MA Scott


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