Travellers these days pack a bunch of electronics with them wherever they go, but when they get to a country that uses different voltages or different plug styles from what they know back home, problems ensue.
Fortunately, chargers for most devices these days will work at either 110 or 220 volts, but if you’ve got the wrong plug for the socket in your hotel room, it feels like you’re trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. That’s where a power adapter comes in handy. They don’t convert voltages, but they allow you to plug your square peg into that round hole. Here are three highly-rated options for you to pack on your next trip:
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Flight 001 4-in-1 Travel Plug Adapter
The Flight 001 4-in-1 Adapter is a set of colour-coded plugs that allows you to easily adapt your electronics to over 150 countries. This is the first product utilizing the JA/C READY Adapter system. The JA/C Ready Adapter System is a colour-coded world adapter system, that makes finding the right plug for your trip as simple as matching the colours. The 4-in-1 Adapter is packaged in a box that has the top 48 countries printed on the inside for easy reference.
Five-star review: “Most plug adapters are one piece units with fiddly buttons that extend or retract the various plugs. They all seem pretty flimsy and don’t seem very safe. They also mostly flop around in a wall socket and are only really usable in an extension cord. Because this one has no moving parts it is safer and makes a more secure connection. In addition, you can take only the ones that you need and leave the others behind. While there are some that have individual plugs, they don’t fit together so nicely.”
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Maximal Power Universal Travel Adapter
You can’t go wrong with this universal travel adapter that includes three plugs for 150 countries. The plugs can be fit together into one piece to make them easier to carry.
Five-star review: “I bought it in 2017 for a holiday, and to date I keep using it. it’s small so you can take it anywhere, it works super well, I’ve used it many times since and always ended up using it and sharing it with other people when their adapters for some reason did not work. If you plan to go on a trip and want something that works well and is practical I recommend it! ”
Ceptics World Travel Dual USB Power Plug Adapter
Everything is built in with this travel adapter. It has one universal input that will accept plugs from any country, then there are three plugs for the wall side that can be popped out by using a slider on the side. One of the added selling points for this adapter is it includes 2 USB (2.4a) and one Type C USB port that lets you charge your mobile phones, iPhones, tablets, iPads, and other devices.
Five-star review: “They did exactly what they were supposed to do. We travelled to Portugal and Spain for 3 weeks. Didn’t fry any electronics at all. As long as you’re plugging in a charger that can take 100-240v then it’s perfect. I was worried because I thought I’d need a traditional converter but that’s in the past. Most chargers for cameras, tablets, phones, headphones have a built in converted. In fact, most of the current electronics plug into a USB charger which you plug into these things. The charger is the converted.”