Every person who travels has made the mistake (at least once) of not bringing an adapter to a country that uses a different voltage standard. Purchasing a 220 volt plug adapter makes it possible for you to use your trusted hair dryer and camera or laptop charger in another country that has 220 volt plugs instead of the 110 or 120 volt standard in the United States. Here are a few things to consider when buying a volt plug adapter:
• Research on the country you are going to
If you travel a lot, then carrying around various volt plug adapter can be useful. Countries in Asia such as China, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Korea carry 220 volt plugs—and so do most countries in Africa. In countries like Colombia, Taiwan, Guam and Belize, they have 110 volt plugs, which means that a 110 volt adapter could come in handy.
Not all plugs are the same, and sometimes people find themselves unable to charge or use their phones or cameras because the openings are different from the plugs of their chargers. While the standard in some countries such as United States and Japan is two unevenly shaped, flat prongs or the Type A plug, in most European countries, the standard plug is two round prongs or the Type C plug.
• Purchase online
Most hardware stores carry only the most basic adapters. Buying online gives you more options minus the leg work. But of course, you have to make sure that your personal information is kept confidential and safe by the shop you buy from. Look for the symbol for SSL Encryption Protection which means the information you send online is safe from hackers. Some of the best shops online even go as far as putting up safeguards that make their website hack-proof.
The best place to by a 220 volt plug adapter is an online store that specializes in 220 volt appliances and accessories. They should ship fast to anywhere in the country.