With phones, laptops, and other tech being so important to the modern traveler. It is important to have the right gear on your trip. When traveling one of the most important things to bring is a power converter, as the wall sockets are much different than the rest of the world. There also aren’t as many electric power socket [เต้าเสียบ ปลั๊กไฟ, which are the term in Thai] in the hotel, because the electricity is very expensive.
Luckily, converters are affordable, but you’ll need a different one depending on which country you’re visiting. Your best bet is to get an all-in-one converter that works all around the world; however, you can also purchase one singular adapter if you only plan on visiting one country or city. Make sure to double check plug types before you leave. Keep in mind that most sockets have high levels of power (typically 220 volts at 50 cycles), twice the voltage of American power systems. It may be way too much for your appliance. Remember: an adapter plug doesn’t convert the voltage. Definitions for Electrical Conversion Devices
Plug Adapter is an interface that attaches between the American two-pronged plug and a specific European socket. This will unite American appliance will be connected to European 220v 50 cycle electrical power.
Voltage is the most important thing to look at; if you try to plug in a high-volt item into a standard line, it could electrocute you, cause a power outage, or fry your adapter. Hair dryers are usually the biggest problem. They take massive amounts of power.
Tips for Europe Travel
- Before you jet off across the pond, make sure you’ve got the right gear for all your devices.
- Determine which countries you’ll be traveling in.
- Take note of what appliances need power converters. Most modern laptops will automatically sense voltage changes and adapt; you may only need a plug adapter—check your owner’s manual. These are readily available as well. Your best bet is to leave the hair dryer at home and make sure to book a room at a hotel that offers one in each bathroom. If you must bring one, make sure you buy a heavy duty converter that will handle as much as 2000 watts (2 kilowatts).