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kjntgr
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European power converter
Will I need to buy one to charge phones etc?

What’s the best brand?

Price?

Thanks

Oh I’ll be in Germany Italy and Greece


speckledawg
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re: European power converter
https://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plug-voltage-by-country/

ETA: I've got one just like this that I take everywhere, but I have no use for a real converter (no hair dryers, electric shavers, etc.).

Amazon - $12
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Fezzik
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re: European power converter
Toshi Station has plenty of them


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Zappas Stache
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re: European power converter
Just need a plug adapter. Most electronics work on both voltages these days. Hair Dryers and curling irons are 2 exceptions I know of where you need a converter or just buy one over there if you need it.


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Globetrotter747
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re: European power converter
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Will I need to buy one to charge phones etc?


Yes.

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Oh I’ll be in Germany Italy and Greece


Been to all those countries. You need Type C.

ETA

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Just need a plug adapter. Most electronics work on both voltages these days. Hair Dryers and curling irons are 2 exceptions I know of where you need a converter or just buy one over there if you need it.


Yeah, I meant plug adapter. I can't speak for hair dryers and all that, but if all you want to do is charge up your phone and whatnot the Type C plug adapter I linked above will work for your trip.
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kjntgr
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re: European power converter
Thanks!!


hungryone
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re: European power converter
Most big box stores will sell a multi plug converter--it has the US receptacle on one end, and several different wall plug adapters to clip to the other end. Should be $20/less at Walmart, etc.


TigerAlumni2010
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re: European power converter
LINK

I bought one of these before going over there, worked in Italy, France and UK.


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baldona
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re: European power converter
There's two different things: different voltage and different plug styles.

Europe uses 240volts we use 120volts. Things like phones, laptops, etc. mostly run on both. So all you need is a plug adapter so your plug can go into the receptor.

Then as said there are other items, usually cheaper things like hair dryers, that only run on 120volts so you need a 240 converter.

So just understand the difference. Some things work better like phones charge faster on 240volt. Other things like a hair dryer can over heat if your converter doesn't work well.


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PNW
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re: European power converter
I use a converter made by Eagle Creek and it works great. I used it in Asia. It retails for around $60 but I got a pro deal on it for like $26.

LINK
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harro
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re: European power converter
Everyone else has answered your question, but another tip I can give you is to buy one or two external battery chargers. You can get them anywhere from $15 on up, depending how big of one you get. I just got back from there and it saved me a few times from dying, which would have been bad because all of our tickets were on my phone and we were using the phone's maps to get around the cities. A lot of places over there only give you one key to the room that you have to insert near the door to power up the room. Once you leave the room, you have to take that key with you, so it does not allow you to charge anything when you are not in the room. We did not spend too much time in the room, so this was a huge problem. Another tip if you have to charge multiple devices (I had my phone, iPad and wife's phone) and run low on USB/power outlets, there is a USB outlet on your room TV, but it does charge much slower.


Pettifogger
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re: European power converter
Agreed, having a good power bank or two makes any travel easier, but especially international travel.


Globetrotter747
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re: European power converter
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A lot of places over there only give you one key to the room that you have to insert near the door to power up the room. Once you leave the room, you have to take that key with you, so it does not allow you to charge anything when you are not in the room. We did not spend too much time in the room, so this was a huge problem.


I figured out a way around this. I have an old company card that I take on European trips and stick in the power slot (or whatever it is called) when I leave the room. That way the power stays on in my room when I am away and I can charge my big charger. Then when I get back to my hotel for the night I can charge my phone and small charger (that I take with me when I am out) simultaneously on my big charger.


speckledawg
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re: European power converter
Yeah, I always use an extra card or pretty much anything I can get to fit in there. Hate coming back to a steaming hot hotel room.


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cave canem
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re: European power converter
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Agreed, having a good power bank or two makes any travel easier, but especially international travel.


Why in the world would a person need all that?

I stopped toting a power bank 5 years ago when plugs became widespread on aircraft.

To the OP just go buy a 4 way adapter, you have no need for a convertor for your application.

Also a tip, lots and lots of Euro hotel bathrooms have a single 120V outlet, look next to the hair dryer usually.


speckledawg
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re: European power converter
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Why in the world would a person need all that?

I stopped toting a power bank 5 years ago when plugs became widespread on aircraft.


I get what you’re saying and often don’t need mine, but I always pack one that weighs only a few ounces and can charge my phone 2-3x. It’s great when you’re out and about all day and not sitting next to a plug.


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Teddy Ruxpin
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re: European power converter
I bring a power bank. It weighs almost nothing and doesn't take up much room.

But I'm obnoxious and take a lot of video going through markets and stuff, climbing Machu Picchu etc. So its mostly to keep that camera powered up.

And since my cell phone works pretty much in any country I go to, having back up power just in case the perfect storm arises is nice.
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harro
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re: European power converter
I carry one in my backpack at all times when I travel. Between constantly using my phone to use the maps to get around/finding our destinations and my wife taking pictures 24/7, our phone battery life goes down.


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Motorboat
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re: European power converter
I believe all the converters have fuses. bring an extra in case you blow one. I did this, rendering my converter useless.


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