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Tips for Using Electricity in your Travels

With our increased dependence on electronic gadgets, it is beyond imagination to have a life without them. Whether it is travelling overnight, or overseas, to carry certain electronic gadgets like mobile phones, tablets, or laptops has become an essential. Added to it are shaving and hair styling appliances.

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However, when travelling overseas, you can encounter troubles due to no standardized international electric voltage, and thus you need to be careful before plugging in your appliance. However, leaving your city with certain preparation can help you survive the trip without frying the circuits of your appliances while still keeping them in use.

Here is what you must know about electricity consumption when traveling:

Adapter Plug

You need to first determine the type of sockets and the voltage standards that the destination country uses. You could refer the Internet for such information. Once you are aware of the socket, you could purchase an adapter plug to fit that socket. Once at the destination, you can simply plug in your device into these adapter plugs and these adapter plugs into the sockets or the converters.

However, you must also be sure of the voltage as adapter plugs to not act as voltage converters and will only enable your device to get plugged in to the socket.

Single, multi, and dual-voltage devices

Most countries except the United States tend to use a 220-240 voltage range whereas in the United States the range is 100- 120 V. Determine the voltage by reading the label or manual of your device carefully. If it states that the device is single voltage or has only one number before the V with the voltage range between 100-120, do not attempt to plug it in elsewhere or may end up damaging your device. In cases where you need to travel with these devices carry a converter or buy it locally in an electronics store to ensure that your device remains safe.

Most modern devices, fortunately, are multi-voltage. They are thus capable of adapting to different voltage ranges. In this case you may require just an adapter plug. However, certain devices like the hair dryer or shavers can also be dual voltage, requiring you to switch between the voltages manually. If you do not switch manually, you may end up blowing the fuse for the entire room.


A converter or transformer can help you step up the voltage of your device to suit the higher voltage you may encounter overseas. You will require a converter or a transformer only if you are travelling with devices that are single voltage. To choose the right converter, you will need to check the appliance’s label for the wattage and voltage.

Being aware of the electrical requirements in different countries will not only help you keep your devices safe but also help you come prepared with the needed adapters or converters to not be troubled with the devices once you reach your destination.


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