With my trip to Europe just two weeks way, I have become completely consumed with planning for the awesomeness that will ensue.
While thinking about the places I will visit, the food I will eat or how cool I am going to look in my dirndl (more on that later) is more fun, thinking about how I can charge my phone without shorting out the hotel is a necessity. With a little help from my local travel store, Edwards Luggage, I got the goods on traveling abroad with electronics.
These days most digital cameras, laptops, video consoles and other devices come with power supplies that can be used worldwide. To identify whether your device can be used over a wide range of voltage levels and electronic frequencies, look for a label like this:
INPUT: AC 100V-240V~1.0A 50/60 Hz
This example shows that the device can accept anywhere from 100-240 volts and can operate on a 50 or 60 Hz system. The store did note that appliances are designed for alternating current (AC), but should not be used for a direct current (DC). Apparently, DC systems are not common, which is good because it could get tricky.
So, what do you need to buy in preparation to go abroad? Some devices/appliances may require a travel-size dual-voltage valet, which can run both 110 and 220-volt currents. Most of all be sure to carry adapter plugs that fit into the outlets in the countries you are visiting.
That concludes my helpfulness…we will now return to the regularly scheduled shenanigans.