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Editorial #119: Traveling OverseasI-Not Enough Plugs for Your Devices?

Dr. Z is on vacation in Scotland.

When traveling overseas, there is always the issue of not having enough plugs (outlets) for your devices. From previous experience, Dr. Z has seen how many old hotels do not have enough outlets for your devices. To make things worse, most outlets are not compatible with American two-prong outlets, so you need an adapter to be able to use your American plugs in other countries. The outlets are different in various regions of the world–Europe is different from Asia, South America is different from Ireland and the United Kingdom. We like to stay at small hotels, bed and breakfasts and many do not have enough outlets in our rooms. I have my iPhone, iPad and a Flip camcorder. My wife has a Blackberry. That is four devices. With most hotels having one outlet or two, we had to juggle between devices to be sure they were charged. With only one adapter for to share among those devices was not easy.

(in America we have 110/120 volts) (Overseas most outlets run at 220/240 volts). The adapters for most mobile devices today are “intelligent”–they are able to switch between 120 and 240 volts without having to change any switches or settings.

What did Dr. Z do? Dr. Z in planning for this trip came up with a solution and my wife and I are happy! Here’s the solution:

– buy an universal adapter that is designed for international travel. It does not have to have voltage converter capability. (you cannot use a hair dryer with such adapters)

– buy a small power strip with a built in circuit breaker

And you shall travel happily ever after!

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Disclosure: Dr. Z (Philip W. Bravin) is associated with CSDVRS, currently its Vice-President of Business Development

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