Electrical Adaptors / USB Plugs

When traveling to another country, you will more than likely need to charge your camera, phone and other devices.  To do this, you will need a plug adaptor that fits the countries electrical outlet allowing you to plug your device into the adaptor for charging.

Thinking back, years ago before the advent of mobile phones, laptops and digital cameras, we would take a trip and never have to charge a single item.  We never had to worry about foreign plugs and electricity.  The only devices we traveled with were our watch and camera, neither requiring a charge.  Today, we would be lost if we did not travel with our Smartphones, digital cameras, notebook computers and more; all usually requiring a daily recharge.

Our advice is to purchase individual plugs for the countries you are visiting.  Think about what you need to charge and how many plugs you actually require.  Today, most electrical devices are charged through a USB Plug, so purchasing a multi-USB Plug allowing you to charge multiple items at the same time could eliminate the need to purchase multiple adapters.

A note on electricity voltage and current conversion

These are simply plug adaptors allowing you to plug your device into it, then the adaptor into the outlet for the country you are visiting.  They do not convert electricity.  Most European electrical outlets run 220V compared to US 110V.  Be sure to read the small print on your camera, charger or device you intend to plug in to be sure it can handle 220V.  Most will, but double check to be sure.  You should find something like: Input: 110V-240V 50/60Hz.

 
Ceptics GP-12PK International Travel Worldwide Grounded Universal Plug Adapter Set, 12 Pieces

This is an example of what is available from one of several different manufactures of plug adaptors.  This 12 piece set includes adaptors for use throughout the world, but depending on your travels, you will probably never use many of the plugs except the most common.

If you are looking for individual plugs and not the entire set, the following website allows you to select your destination country and purchase a single adaptor plug.

Power Plugs and Sockets of the World
https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com

You can also search for individual country plugs on Amazon to only buy the ones you need.

 
USB Plugs

Anker 40W 4-Port USB Wall Charger with Foldable Plug, PowerPort 4 for iPhone X/8/7/6S/6S Plus, iPad Pro/Air 2/mini 2, Samsung Galaxy/Note, LG, Nexus, HTC, and More

Purchasing a multi-port USB charger allows you to charge multiple items at the same time.  This charger is rated as fast charging at 40W and ready for travel having a Folding PlugRemember, this will need to plug into an adaptor for the country you are visiting.

Media's Choice: Recommended by the Wall Street Journal, which remarked that "PowerPort 4 was a godsend"

  • Advanced Charging Technology: PowerIQ and VoltageBoost combine to provide the fastest possible charge up to 8 amps or 2.4 amps per port. (Does not support Qualcomm Quick Charge)
  • Certified Safe: Anker's MultiProtect safety system ensures complete protection for you and your devices
  • Travel Ready: Compact design, foldable plug and 100-240 volt input ideal for worldwide travel

Don't forget your device USB Cables.  As this is a multi-plug charger, you can charge several devices at the same time.  Be sure you bring enough cables to take advantage of the multi-charging capability.  The cables you bring should accommodate charging as well as lengths allowing you to use them on airlines for any devices you want to power on your flight such as a Tablet Notebook for watching pre-downloaded movies.

 
Insten Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Power Plug Wall AC Adapter

We want to mention that we prefer having the individual country plug adaptors rather than a Universal Plug and here is why.  These plugs are heavier, bulkier and may not always have the plug you need for the country you are visiting, requiring you to bring along other adapters for the missing countries.  For Example, if you are traveling to France and Switzerland, this plug will work in France, but there is no plug for Switzerland.  So now you have to bring along this large Universal Plug as well as another plug for Switzerland.

  • ROHS, CE and FC Certified which guarantees safety
  • Fits all electronic appliances that use a USB charging cable
  • Truly universal: with USA, UK, EU and AU/ China plugs, which fits over 150 countries
  • Dual USB ports and one AC socket to charge three devices at one time.
  • Dual USB port compatible with both iOS and Android devices
  • Travel friendly, compact and lightweight
  • Patented circuit board protects your valuable gadgets from short circuits
  • NOTE: This charger does NOT CONVERT electrical output current and voltage
  • Input: 100V-250V, Output: 5V/ 2.5A
  • This charger adapter plug converts the power outlet only, Please don't use it with any high power appliances such as hair dryer, straightener and water heater
  • Please make sure your device will convert electricity to that of another country having a different electrical output
  • Dimensions: 3.1 x 2.6 x 2.4 inches

There are several different Universal Plug Adaptors available for only a few dollars.  Search locations such as Amazon, Walmart and Target to find the best deals.

 

Around the world, there are several different types of electrical wall outlets. A power adapter will let you plug your device into an electrical socket that is different from the type used in your home country. These international travel adapters do not convert electricity, they simply allow your device‚Äôs plug to fit into the foreign outlet.  Below are some of the more common types of electrical outlets.

 
Country Plug Type
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Japan
A B    

  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • Israel
  • Asia
  • South America
  • Iceland
C E F  

  • India
D        

  • United Kingdom
  • Ireland
  • Malta
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
G        

  • Israel
H        

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • China
  • Argentina
I        

  • Switzerland
J        

  • Denmark
  • Greenland
K        

  • Italy
  • Chile
L        
 
Although we are showing a group set of plugs, we sill recommend purchasing one or more plugs for the countries you are visiting.