One of the greatest challenges Americans traveling through Europe face is the fact that many of the plugs for their electrical devices cannot be inserted into the various socket types found throughout Europe. In this blogpost, we’ll break down eight different power adapters that will allow you to recharge and use your electronic devices while traveling overseas.
A key difference between American outlets and European outlets is that American outlets typically output in 110/120V, while European outlets output in 220/240V. The Foval Power Step Down 220V to 110V Voltage Converter safely lowers the voltage of European outlets, allowing you to use single voltage American appliances, and comes with a European power cable and three removable adapters.
The High-Quality AC Power Travel Adapter produced by Travel Ready is suitable for most European countries excluding Italy, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. This adapter is lightweight, durable, and easy to spot thanks to its bright purple shell, meaning you’re less likely to accidentally leave it behind.
If you plan to travel frequently, the Iron-M All-in-One Universal Adapter features interchangeable input and outlet sockets that enable its usage in over 150 countries across the world. In addition to one AC power socket, it also features two USB ports, and is certified by the FCC, CE, and RoHS.
The PowerBear Charging Station is perfect for those with lots of gadgets, capable of accommodating two AC devices and up to four USB charging cables at the same time. The design features a grounded US plug but can easily convert to fit European sockets with the included adapter. The charging station accepts voltages between 100V and 250V, but it cannot convert these voltages.
Cost effective and compatible with E/F compatible plugs and the recessed circular plug sockets often found in Europe, the OREI European Schuko Type Plug Adapter has a maximum capacity of 250V/13A and can accommodate devices that need up to 3,000 watts of power. This makes it ideal for devices with high power requirements, like hairdryers. However, it is only suitable for dual-voltage appliances.
Traveling to the British Isles means encountering Type G plugs, which the Ceptics USA to UK Travel Adapter Plug is perfect for. Since Type G plugs are also found in former British colonies and overseas territories, it can also be used in those regions as well.
The ROEI 2-in-1 USA to Switzerland Adapter Plug features a type J plug compatible with sockets in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and countries outside of Europe such as Madagascar, Rwanda, and the Maldives. However, it is only compatible with dual voltage appliances up to 3,000 watts.
Last of the country-specific adapters, the US to Italy Travel Adapter Plug manufactured by Plug In Solutions features a Type L plug for use in Italy, as well as a Type E/F plug for hopping across the border into France, Germany, Austria, or Slovenia. Both adapters have dual inputs, allowing them to accommodate two plugs at a time.