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Travel plug adapters

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Travel plug adapters

Just looking to get a travel plug adapter. I've had some specific ones previously, but have managed to lose them :). I've never used one of these "all in one" models - how do they compare?
https://www.amazon.ca/niceEshop-Univers ... apter+plug

Some of the reviews are worrying saying it damaged their device they plugged in, like a battery charger. How exactly can this be I thought they just are dumb adapters that carry power but don't otherwise modify it? And something like a camera battery charger is definitely dual voltage...

I'll be going to Japan, Thailand and Korea. I believe Japan has US-style plugs but without the 3rd prong (laptop charger) I'd need an adapter for that too.
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Kaitlyn wrote: Just looking to get a travel plug adapter. I've had some specific ones previously, but have managed to lose them :). I've never used one of these "all in one" models - how do they compare?
https://www.amazon.ca/niceEshop-Univers ... apter+plug

Some of the reviews are worrying saying it damaged their device they plugged in, like a battery charger. How exactly can this be I thought they just are dumb adapters that carry power but don't otherwise modify it? And something like a camera battery charger is definitely dual voltage...

I'll be going to Japan, Thailand and Korea. I believe Japan has US-style plugs but without the 3rd prong (laptop charger) I'd need an adapter for that too.
I find the all in ones bulky, but they will do work. I rather have cheap dollar store ones that are one type only - i have a bunch for Europe. Also USB hubs are great - allows charging of multiple devices :)

That being said, you're correct - most electronics state 110V to 220V, however small appliances such as curling irons, hair dryers, shavers may not be. So read the fine print on the device first or you may fry it if it's higher voltage plug. :)
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Don't know about Thailand, but if you're staying at a hotel, Korea and Japan has international sockets so they work with US plug. I bought mine from Canada computers and target (US) and havnt exploded so far.
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I have this which works fabulously
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/aw/d/B0002H4YU ... ref=plSrch

And I have cheap adapters like this that also worked
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/aw/d/B0012S304 ... ref=plSrch

So just buy whatever is reasonably priced and has decent ratings on Amazon (assuming all your devices are rated for 110/220)
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I have a Heys, http://shop.heys.ca/products/all-in-one-travel-adapter, have had it for years on many trips and it works very well.
I have used the cheap dollar store ones but they got hot and I felt they were unsafe.
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hotels - I have always found the wall adapters friendly to the current male North American sockets.
AirBnb - never traveled with Male-to-male adapters to fit international sockets.

Found this as a 'frequently bought together' product on my link below:
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B017TU ... 5467CYR4XC

Purchased this for electronics - no issues. 4 USB slots avoid everyone fighting for the one charger.
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00XVE ... UTF8&psc=1
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Kaitlyn wrote:
Some of the reviews are worrying saying it damaged their device they plugged in, like a battery charger. How exactly can this be I thought they just are dumb adapters that carry power but don't otherwise modify it? And something like a camera battery charger is definitely dual voltage...
yes you are right. the plug is just a dummy. Its just rerouting wires inside to adapt the plug. Its got nothing to do at all with voltage or current.
its really just the same as manually connecting separate wires from one plug to another - though you should never do that!!

If anything is damaged, its probably because the transformer was not rated for 100-240V.
Check all your phone chargers, laptop chargers, etc and make sure they use an input of 100-240V or so.
If they only take input of somewhere between 100-130V, then if you plug them into an asian socket which are all 240V, then then you're going to get damage.

Its pretty simple.

Main thing is: check the fine print on all your transformers / adapters!
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Kaitlyn wrote: Just looking to get a travel plug adapter. I've had some specific ones previously, but have managed to lose them :). I've never used one of these "all in one" models - how do they compare?
https://www.amazon.ca/niceEshop-Univers ... apter+plug

Some of the reviews are worrying saying it damaged their device they plugged in, like a battery charger. How exactly can this be I thought they just are dumb adapters that carry power but don't otherwise modify it? And something like a camera battery charger is definitely dual voltage...

I'll be going to Japan, Thailand and Korea. I believe Japan has US-style plugs but without the 3rd prong (laptop charger) I'd need an adapter for that too.
All the plug adapters work fine.

But one thing I regret is that mine doesn't have built in USB ports (and make sure they are 2.0Amps or greater too - for fast charging!!)

because if you only have one of those plug adapters, then how do you charge your cell phone, battery pack, laptop, ipad, and use the hair straightener at the same time??

trust me, you need those extra USB charging ports

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