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UNDERSTANDING ELECTRICITY AND TRAVEL

Adapter Plugs DO NOT convert electricity; they modify foreign outlets to fit your American appliance.To determine the adaptor plug you need see our guide titled "Is foreign electricity foreign to you" Some countries use more than one type of outlet and you should carry the appropriate adaptor for each outlet listed. Remember, adaptor plugs DO NOT convert electricity; they simply modify foreign outlets.

Voltage Converters In the United States our electricity operates at 110 volts and most appliances sold here are manufactured to operate at 110volts . A voltage Converter converts the voltage of the country you are visiting to the voltage that your appliance accepts. Voltage Converters are designed for use with personal appliances and small electronic devices.

Dual Voltage Travel Appliances are designed so that they can be used across a wide range of voltages from 110/120 volts to 220/240 volts. They don't require a voltage converter. They either switch automatically between the voltages or they have a switch that you manually set to change the voltage.

Traveling with Computers Most laptops, tablets and smart phones are multi-voltage and will operate on voltages ranging from 100-240 volts. Most desktop computers are dual voltage and can be switched from 110/120 to 220/240 volts. However computer peripherals, including monitors, printers and speakers, may require a voltage converter.

Playing It Safe With expensive equipment, you may want to protect from electrical surges in countries that operate with 220/240 volts, use a surge protector designed to operate on 220-240 volt power systems such as Voltage Valet's EuroSurge. Do not attempt to use a 110-120 volt North American surge protector on a 220-240 volt power system, even with a step down transformer. This will damage the 110-120 volt surge protector and may damage your computer.

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