Po-TAY-to, Po-TAH-to; Adapter or Converter?
Now this week's blog has nothing to do with potatoes lol. You're probably thankful for that! We are talking about voltage, however. I know, not sexy at all, but it is important information for you to keep in your back pocket. We may not be traveling, but we certainly are dreaming.
1. Voltage- In simplest terms, thanks to our pal Wikipedia, voltage is the push that makes electrical charges move. That's as much science as I'll get into lol. What you need to know is that not all voltage is made equal when it comes to travel. The standard voltage in the United States is 110/120V. Many other countries use 220-240V. What does this difference mean--you can fry your electronics overseas if you don't look into the proper voltage of where you're visiting.
2. Dual Voltage- I personally like to make sure I purchase electronics with dual voltage-- meaning they can convert the charges within their design between 110-240V. Items that I have with dual voltage include my phone charger and hair dryer. My current flat iron does not have dual voltage, but for my next trip I will be sure to get one with it.
3. Travel Converter- If you can't find something that offers dual voltage, you'll need to make sure you purchase a travel converter. The converter will convert -shocker- your device to the correct voltage of the country you're in.
4. Travel Adapter- Just like different countries have different voltages, they also have different plug types. Our American plugs are vertical flat, but in Europe they are round. Other countries are horizontal flat and some are diagonal. Make sure to bring the correct adapter with you, or all that other stuff about voltage won't even matter since you can't plug in anyways.
That wasn't too painful was it? :) Remember, I do try to give you a good mix of things you need to know, as well as things you want to know. If you ever have a suggestion, please do not hesitate to reach out.
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