If you are going on your first international trip, you are probably going through a wide range of different emotions. You are scrambling around, trying to decide what needs to be put in your bags and suitcases. One thing you may not have thought about packing is travel adapters. Technology has certainly changed the way things are done across the world, and it may make the world seem smaller than it is. However, there are still big differences in the electrical standards.
Yes there have been several changes and advances in technology and electricity, but standards of electricity has not changed as much. In the United States, the electrical standards are 110-120 volts. Other countries standards are 220-240 volts. Unlike converters, travel adapters do not convert the electricity. Travel adapters modify the different plugs so they can connect to the outlet. Travel adapters basically allow appliances and equipment with dual-voltage to be used in another country.
What Type Of Current Will Be Used?
In a country like Brazil, it uses alternating current to get its electricity. Not every country is going to use AC; some countries will use direct current. When you are in one of those countries, if you plug in any kind of equipment into a plug that is not built for it, your equipment or device will no longer operate. If you will need to charge your phone or your camera, you will more than likely be able to charge it with your computer's USB port. However, you will still need to keep your computer charged. You will still need to do your research on the types of plugs you will see.
What Kind Of Travel Adapter Do You Need?
You will need to find out if your equipment or appliance is grounded or not. You can find this out by looking at your plug. How many prongs are on your device? If your equipment has two pins or two prongs, it is considered to be ungrounded. So, this means that a device with three prongs is grounded. Wen you shop for the travel adapters, it is critically important to know this information. The outlets will not be the same for every country, so you need to make sure you are getting the right kind of adapter.
At Bombay Electronics, we have a number of grounded and ungrounded travel adapters(also known as plug adapters). If you are planning to travel to more than one country, it will be a great choice to purchase a plug adapter that is universal. Contact us for advice on choosing the best travel adapter for your international trip.