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What Electric Adapters and Converters Do I Need?

Planning which electric adapters and converters you need for international travel should be done well in advance of your trip to avoid hassle and frustration. The first step is to understand the various types of electrical outlet plugs and power adapters used throughout the world, which will inform your decisions about purchasing adapter plugs and electric converters.

Do I Need an Adapter, a Converter or Both?

Travel adapter plugs simply allow the appliance to fit into the wall plug in another country. Converters are used to step up or down the voltage – they convert the electricity. As you can see from the 15 different types of world plugs outlined below, the most common voltage range in your travels is likely to be 200-240V. Therefore, it is possible you may only need an adapter, depending on where you plan to travel. A European adapter is a cost-effective and commonly used option.

Adapters tend to be much cheaper than converters; however, a benefit of purchasing a converter is that it typically has adapter prongs built in, so it can be used for both purposes.

Some of your electronic gadgets are already equipped to handle different voltages. This is typically the case with computers/tablets, cameras, and smart phones, so you will most likely only need an adapter for the majority of your travel gear. Check your items to see if they are ‘multi-voltage’ or ‘dual-voltage’ which means you may only need an adapter to use them while traveling abroad. Converters are used more for items with motors, such as hair dryers, electric toothbrushers and electric shavers, and even many of those already have dual voltage built in. For US travelers, most of your travel gear are two prong or USB, and not three prong, which is good as most adapters and coverters only accept a two prong plug. An adapter/converter that accepts a three prong US plug is difficult to find.

A step-down voltage converter allows a European traveler to easily use their appliances in the US, for example; and a step-up voltage converter allows an American traveler to use theirs in Europe.

Electric Adapters and Converters Top Picks

Do you need an adapter, converter or both?

  • An adapter changes the shape of the prongs on your plug so they fit the plug in your destination.
  • A converter actually changes the voltage and current to match the local electricity type.

There are plenty of each type of available as well as combinations. I recommend taking options on the road since there are often outlets too small or placed oddly and won’t fit a converter, so you’ll only be able to use an adapter.

Top Travel Electricity Converters

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Travel Smart by Conair All-in-One Adapter and Converter Combo Unit
430 Reviews
Travel Smart by Conair All-in-One Adapter and Converter Combo Unit
  • ALL-IN-1 ADAPTER COMBO UNIT: Use as an adapter for dual voltage appliances or as an adapter & converter for single voltage appliances. Fits electrical outlets in most commonly visited countries.
  • STAY PLUGGED IN: This all-in-1 adapter/converter combo unit converts foreign electricity (220/240V) to 110/120V, has a built-in surge protector & is appropriate for use with appliances up to 1875 Watts.
  • TRAVEL ACCESSORIES: Conair's Travel Smart travel accessories offer a range of styling tools, luggage accessories, storage solutions, steamers, humidifiers & more, to meet your needs on the go.
  • TRAVEL SMART: From packing cubes, neck rest pillows, & travel size toiletry kits to hair dryers, plug adapters, curling irons & more, Conair's Travel Smart line of products helps you arrive in style.
  • GO SEE THE WORLD: Since 1959, we have made high-quality small appliances, hair styling tools, & more for consumers & professionals. Our Travel Smart Line lets you bring Conair quality wherever you go!
Mobimann 25W/1875W Dual Wattage Universal World Travel Adapter and Voltage Converter - 220V to 110V Transformer for Hair Dryer Cell Phone - with 4 Adapter US/AU/UK/EU2.5A Plugs Included
108 Reviews
Mobimann 25W/1875W Dual Wattage Universal World Travel Adapter and Voltage Converter - 220V to 110V Transformer for Hair Dryer Cell Phone - with 4 Adapter US/AU/UK/EU2.5A Plugs Included
  • Mobimann 25W/1875W Dual Wattage converter is for use with U.S. and Canada appliances abroad like hair dryers, curling iron brush, etc. This voltage converter converts foreign electricity from 220/240V to 110/120V.
  • Simply set the LO/HI selector switch and plug your appliance up rated 1875W into the converter to work with single voltage and dual voltage appliances.
  • Equipped with a PTC for overheat and overload protection.
  • 4 universal travel plugs are included for use in Europe, Australia, UK, the Middle East, Africa, Caribbean and many Asia-Pacific countries and the Americas
  • travel pouch is included.
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FOVAL Power Step Down 220V to 110V Voltage Converter with 4-Port USB International Power Travel Adapter in China UK European Italy Asia etc, More Than 150 Countries Over The World
3,177 Reviews
FOVAL Power Step Down 220V to 110V Voltage Converter with 4-Port USB International Power Travel Adapter in China UK European Italy Asia etc, More Than 150 Countries Over The World
  • Worldwide Use: 1 EU power cable and 4 international adapters (China US/UK/AU/IT adapter), step down voltage converts 220/240V to 110/120V, so you could use American electronics in 220V / 240V countries such United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Italy, Australia, Thailand, Japan, China etc, more than 150 countries over the world.
  • Supply 200 watts power converter with two standard US plugs and four 5V / 2.4A (2.4A per port max) capable of simultaneously charging multiple devices for your hair straightener breast pump, CPAP machine, electric shaver, electric toothbrush or curling Wand, laptop, breast pump, CPAP machine, electric toothbrush, fan, nebulizer, game console, TV, DVD players, portable, lights, and other electronic devices
  • Protect Eelectronics Stable: Fan work silent and Converter will auto shutdown for surge protection, over-heating, short circuiting, over-current, over temperature, short-circuit and overload, keep you and your devices very well with small 200W power
  • Travel Size Design: compact small size (4.8x3.1x1.5 inches) with 5 feet detachable power cable makes this power converter easy to pack and take anywhere you go
  • Warranty And Support: FOVAL 7*24 online support standing by, worry-free 100% money-back guarantee, we supply this adapter 24 months warranty.
BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter 220V to 110V Voltage Converter with 6A 4-Port USB Charging and UK/AU/US/EU Worldwide Plug Adapter (Black)
7,612 Reviews
BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter 220V to 110V Voltage Converter with 6A 4-Port USB Charging and UK/AU/US/EU Worldwide Plug Adapter (Black)
  • BESTEK converter for 110V devices: Patented technology converts voltage in different countries including Australia (100-240V, 50/60Hz) to US/Japan voltage (110V, 60Hz), ideal for charging various small devices less than 250W
  • Charges 7 devices simultaneously: 4 USB charging ports with a combined 6A output, 3 AC sockets support Max 200W power
  • 24-month warranty & safety guaranteed: NRTL safety tested and upgraded hardware provides complete protection for you and your devices. Comes with over-current, over-load, over-heat and short-circuit protections. Note: USB outputs are completely isolated from the AC power to prevent all your devices from being damaged
  • Worldwide use: 1 EU power cable and 3 international adapters (US/UK/AU plug) support outlets in Australia, North America, United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Japan, China, more than 150 countries all over the world
  • Travel design: Compact size (6x3x1.57 inches) with 5 foot detachable power cable makes this power converter easy to pack and take anywhere you go

Top Travel Adapters

The newest adapters are all-in-one that work for almost any device any where in the world, no matter where you are traveling to or from. You’ll want to check the number of USB or Type C ports (Android users) and confirm your adapter offers surge protection.

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Travel Adapter, Worldwide All in One Universal Travel Adaptor Wall AC Power Plug Adapter Wall Charger with Dual USB Charging Ports for USA EU UK AUS Cell Phone Laptop
4,786 Reviews
Travel Adapter, Worldwide All in One Universal Travel Adaptor Wall AC Power Plug Adapter Wall Charger with Dual USB Charging Ports for USA EU UK AUS Cell Phone Laptop
  • This Travel Adapter with 4 international plug adapters. Cover more than 150 Countries with US/EU/UK/AU plugs, but this adapter cannot be used in South African, India, Swiss and Italy. Please kindly pay attention to avoid any inconvenience.
  • This Charger Adapter Plug Converts the Power Outlet Only, it Does Not Convert Electrical Output Current and Voltage
  • All-in-one Adapter with Fuse protect, Built-in Safety Shutters, LED Power Indicator.
  • Dual USB ports. Ideal for iPhone, iPad, Samsung Tab, iPod, Smartphones, 5V Tablets, Bluetooth Speakers & Headset etc.
  • Rated power: 110V~/650W, 220V~/1300W. Power output: 100-240VAC~50-60HZ 6A Max. Only apply to the use of small power electric appliances when traveling, such as mobile phone, digital products, computer with low power of small household appliances.The travel adapter does not work with high power appliances such as hair straightener, flat iron, hair curler, hair dryer, steam iron, hot water heater, coffee maker, etc.
GLAMFIELDS Travel Adapter Worldwide All in one International Power Adapter Fast Wall Charging Cover 200+ Countries 100V-250V (EU UK USA AU Plug) (3USB+1Type C) (1500W/6A)
901 Reviews
GLAMFIELDS Travel Adapter Worldwide All in one International Power Adapter Fast Wall Charging Cover 200+ Countries 100V-250V (EU UK USA AU Plug) (3USB+1Type C) (1500W/6A)
  • Rated power: 100V~/630W, 250V~/1500W. Power output: 100-250VAC~50-60HZ 6.3A Max. This Charger Adapter Plug Converts the Power Outlet Only, it Does Not Convert Electrical Output Current and Voltage.
  • The universal power adapter built-in the latest self-resetting fuse. When over-current or over-voltage, the fuse will be disconnected at high current and reset automatically after the power returns to normal. No need to change the fuse.
  • Smart fast charging: 3 USB Ports(2.4A), 1 USB TYPE C(3A) and 1 AC Socket to charge 5 devices simultaneously with high speed. Ideal for iPhone, iPad, Samsung Tab, iPod, Smartphones, 5V Tablets, Bluetooth Speakers & Headset etc.
  • This All-in-one Travel Adapter Accepts Plugs from more than 200 countries with US/EU/AU/UK plug like Thailand, New Zealand, Israel, Italy, France, Spain, Canada, China, Australia, Hong Kong, Argentina, Peru, Japan, etc
  • The adapter is CE / ROHS / FCC certified, built-in Safety Shutters, LED Power Indicator. It Only applies to the use of small power electric appliances when traveling, such as mobile phones, digital products, computers with low power, NOT work for high power appliances such as flat iron, hair curler, hairdryer, steam iron, hot water heater, coffee maker, etc.
EPICKA Universal Travel Adapter One International Wall Charger AC Plug Adaptor with 5.6A Smart Power and 3.0A USB Type-C For USA EU UK AUS (Grey)
4,496 Reviews
EPICKA Universal Travel Adapter One International Wall Charger AC Plug Adaptor with 5.6A Smart Power and 3.0A USB Type-C For USA EU UK AUS (Grey)
  • ✈️【WORLDWIDE ADAPTER】- All in one world multi function Travel Adapter covers more than 150 countries with US/EU/AU/UK plugs, Solution for your worldwide traveling.
  • ✈️【SMART FAST CHARGING】- 4 USB Ports, 1 USB TYPE C and 1 AC Socket to charge 6 devices simultaneously with high speed. Max Power 880W at 110Vac 1840W at 230Vac.
  • ✈️【APPLICABLE MULTIPLE DEVICES】- Compatible with all USB Devices like IPhone X/8/7/6, Samsung S8/S7, XiaoMi Mix2, HUAWEI Mate 10, MeiZu, Tablet, Digital Cameras and so on.
  • ✈️【SAFETY CERTIFIED】- 8A Overload Dual Fuse, Safety Shutters, Plug Lock System, ROHS, CE and FC Certified which guarantee safety. NOT CONVERT electrical output current and voltage.
  • ✈️【SATISFACTION SERVICE】- 30 Days Money-Back and if there's anything wrong with the adapter, we will fix the problem for free or send you a new replacement by default (1-Year Limited ) . Please contact us If you have any questions, we will offer you satisfactory solution and we will reply you within 24 hours.

The newest Mogics donuts and bagels get rave reviews from travelers. The Donut is mainly for US travel and the Bagel is for global travel, including the US. Both are compact, offer several outlet/plug choices and have a small extension cord. Click to see the images of how it actually works, as these initial photos don’t show it well.

MOGICS Donut Power Strip-White | Working from Home Essential
51 Reviews
MOGICS Donut Power Strip-White | Working from Home Essential
  • mini sized
  • portable
  • circle
  • more safe with fuse
MOGICS Bagel-(White) Universal Power Strip | Working from Home Essential
42 Reviews
MOGICS Bagel-(White) Universal Power Strip | Working from Home Essential
  • mini sized, portable
  • 4 Universal (UK, EU, AU, US) AC Sockets + 1 US AC Socket + 2 USB Ports (2A Share)
  • circle
  • more safe with fuse

Top Travel Extension Cords

An extension cord is a MUST HAVE for any traveler. I’m constantly shocked at how poorly the outlets are placed in hotels and apartments around the world. Are you supposed to sit on the floor behind a piece of furniture to work on your laptop? Create your room any way you want with a long extension cord (at least 5 feet) with multiple outlets and dedicate one of your converters to it, saving you from buying lots of converters since you’ll have multiple outlets from your home country. Here are our top options for extension cords, some available in 10+ colors. Bonus points for USB charging ports, although you’ll most likely just plug in a USB charger.

Cordinate Designer 3-Outlet Extension Cord, 8 Ft Braided Cable, 2-Prong Power Strip, Slide-to-Lock Safety, Low-Profile Flat Plug, Polarized, ETL Listed, White/Gray, 39980
4,889 Reviews
Cordinate Designer 3-Outlet Extension Cord, 8 Ft Braided Cable, 2-Prong Power Strip, Slide-to-Lock Safety, Low-Profile Flat Plug, Polarized, ETL Listed, White/Gray, 39980
  • Décor – The braided fabric extension cord comes in a braided pattern and adds a personalized, decorative touch to any home or office space while also keeping your cord tangle-free and your cables organized
  • Flat Plug – The sleek design of the low-profile flat plug allows your furniture and media to sit closer to the wall
  • Power More – Three 2-prong outlets are perfect for table and floor lamps, appliances, phone chargers and other electronic equipment
  • Extended Reach – Power strip provides optimal reach with the extra-long, 8-foot power cable
  • Safety – Slide-to-lock safety outlets protect you from electrical shock when outlets are not in use. Do not plug in more than 1625 watts into this cord
Globe Electric 22810 Designer Series 9ft Fabric Extension Cord, 3 Polarized Outlets, Right Angle Plug, 125 Volts, Black
4,315 Reviews
Globe Electric 22810 Designer Series 9ft Fabric Extension Cord, 3 Polarized Outlets, Right Angle Plug, 125 Volts, Black
  • THE ORIGINAL DESIGNER SERIES: decorate your space with Globe Electric's designer series extension cord. Patent pending. Power strips also available!
  • EXTRA OUTLETS: convert one socket into three polarized outlets - an easy way to increase the number of items you can plug into one area
  • RIGHT ANGLE PLUG: furniture can sit flush to the wall with Globe Electric's slim space saving right angle plug
  • MAXIMUM WATTAGE: with a maximum of 1, 625 watt usage, you can plug in your nightlight, alarm clock and phone charger with ease. Total Outlet: 3
  • INDOOOR USE: designed specifically for indoor use
Globe Electric 22816 Designer Series 9ft Fabric Extension Cord, 3 Polarized Outlets, Right Angle Plug, 125 Volts, Gold
4,312 Reviews
Globe Electric 22816 Designer Series 9ft Fabric Extension Cord, 3 Polarized Outlets, Right Angle Plug, 125 Volts, Gold
  • THE ORIGINAL DESIGNER SERIES: decorate your space with Globe Electric's designer series extension cord. Patent pending. Power strips also available!
  • EXTRA OUTLETS: convert one socket into three polarized outlets - an easy way to increase the number of items you can plug into one area
  • RIGHT ANGLE PLUG: furniture can sit flush to the wall with Globe Electric's slim space saving right angle plug
  • MAXIMUM WATTAGE: with a maximum of 1, 625 watt usage, you can plug in your nightlight, alarm clock and phone charger with ease. Total Outlet: 3
  • INDOOOR USE: designed specifically for indoor use
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Anker Power Strip with USB C, PowerExtend USB-C 3 Cube with 3 Outlets and USB (30W USB C), 5 ft Extension Cord, Power Delivery High-Speed Charging for iPhone 12/12 Pro / 12 Pro Max, Travel Friendly
1,232 Reviews
Anker Power Strip with USB C, PowerExtend USB-C 3 Cube with 3 Outlets and USB (30W USB C), 5 ft Extension Cord, Power Delivery High-Speed Charging for iPhone 12/12 Pro / 12 Pro Max, Travel Friendly
  • High-Speed Charging: The 30W USB-C port is equipped with Power Delivery to charge phones, tablets, and even some laptops at high speed.
  • One for All: 3 AC outlets, 2 USB-A ports, and 1 USB-C port deliver power for up to 6 devices.
  • Compact and Portable: Less than 2 ½ cubic inches, this compact power strip is perfect on your nightstand or in your travel bag.
  • Superior Safety: Our exclusive 7-point safety system includes a fire-retardant casing, internal safety shutters, grounded protection, and more to keep you and your devices safe.
  • What You Get: PowerExtend USB-C 3 Cube with 5 ft cable, welcome guide, worry-free 18-month warranty, lifetime* $25,000 connected equipment warranty, and friendly customer service.

Top Travel Multiple Outlet Adapter

Not enough outlets? Add on a Multiple Outlet Adapter (make sure it’s 2 prong, not 3 prong). While I wouldn’t plug 5 hair dryers into one set up, it’s just fine for charging multiple devices like laptops, cameras and phones and also fine for using one motorized appliance at a time.

Electriduct 3 Outlet Polarized Power Tap Plug Adapter - 15 Amp, 125-Volt - White - 3 Pack
164 Reviews
Electriduct 3 Outlet Polarized Power Tap Plug Adapter - 15 Amp, 125-Volt - White - 3 Pack
  • Model (5505): 3 Outlet 2 Prong Adapter | Quantity: 3 Pieces w/ Grounding Lug
  • Convert one outlet easily into three making it easier to plug in all your small electrical devices into one socket.
  • For 2 prong plugs.
  • UL Listed: 125 Volt, 15A, 1875W

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Plug and Socket Types by Countries

There are 15 different kinds of plugs used throughout the world, all of which can be used via specific plug adapters or power converters to ensure you can still use all your devices whenever you need to. The US Department of Commerce International Trade Administration identifies these plugs by letter, from Type A through Type O, and a quick overview of each type is listed as follows:

  • Type A: primarily in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Japan. Two pins, not grounded, 15A, usually 100-127 V, compatible with Plug Type A.
  • Type B: primarily in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Japan. Three pins, grounded, 15A, usually 100-127 V, compatible with Plug Types A and B.
  • Type C: primarily in Europe, South America, and Asia. Two pins, not grounded, 2.5A, usually 220-240 V, compatible with Plug Type C.
  • Type D: primarily in India. Three pins, grounded, 5A, 220-240 V, compatible with Plug Type D (may be compatible with Types C, E, and F).
  • Type E: primarily in France, Poland, Belgium, Czechia, and Slovakia. Two pins, grounded, 16A, 220-240 V, compatible with Plug Types C, E, and F.
  • Type F: primarily in Russia and Europe (except for the UK and Ireland). Two pins, grounded, 16A, 220-240 V, compatible with Plug Types C, E, and F.
  • Type G: primarily in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Malta, Malaysia, and Singapore. Three pins, grounded, 13A, 220-240 V, compatible with Plug Type G.
  • Type H: exclusive to Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. Three pins, grounded, 16A, 220-240 V, compatible with Plug Types C and H (may be compatible though unsafe with Plug Types E and F).
  • Type I: primarily in Australia, China, Argentina, and New Zealand. Two or three pins, two pins: not grounded and three pins: grounded, 10A, 220-240 V, compatible with Plug Type I.
  • Type J: primarily in Switzerland, Rwanda, and Liechtenstein. Three pins, grounded, 10A, 220-240 V, compatible with Plug Types C and J.
  • Type K: primarily in Greenland and Denmark. Three pins, grounded, 16A, 220-240 V, compatible with Plug Types C and K (may be compatible though unsafe with Plug Types E and F).
  • Type L: primarily in Chile and Italy. Three pins, grounded, 10A and 16A, 220-240 V, 10 A socket compatible with plug types C and  L (10 A version)  and 16 A socket compatible with plug type L (16 A version).
  • Type M: primarily in South Africa. Three pins, grounded, 15A, 220-240 V, compatible with Plug Type M.
  • Type N: primarily in Brazil. Three pins, grounded, 10A and 20A, 100-240 V, compatible with Plug Types C and N.
  • Type O: primarily in Thailand. Three pins, grounded, 16A, 220-240 V, compatible with Plug Types C and O (may be compatible though unsafe with Plug Types E and F).

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Electric Adapters and Converters

The bottom line is you may wish to play it safe by purchasing a converter with an adapter included to cover all possible scenarios. It may cost a little more than the adapter, but it could save you from the costly mistake of ruining an electronic item damaged by incompatible voltages in another country.

How to choose a voltage converter is based on both the electronics and appliances you plan to use as well as the countries you plan to visit. Therefore, you will need to survey all of the items you plan to take, know the plug and voltage types in each destination, and research all of the scenarios and plan accordingly. Then you are ready to go!

You traveled halfway across the world to a beautiful destination. You enjoy a long-awaited shower, get dressed, and retrieve your hair dryer from your luggage… only to find you missed a crucial step in your travel planning. You can’t plug your hair dryer into the wall outlet and you don’t have any plug adapters, power adapters or electric converters. Needless to say, without a power supply and the right power adapter plugs, your cell phone charger, camera charger, and other important devices will not work in the outlet as well. And there is no way your cell phone will last the whole trip on a single battery charge. This is no way to start an exciting journey abroad.

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