Loading, please wait...
Using your Electrics Abroad
Get reliable cover as an under-18 for your next trip from only *
Are you planning to travel abroad soon? If so, you need to decide in advance on how you will charge your gadgets while overseas as some countries tend to have different voltage requirements. Do not let your batteries fail you as far as using your electrics abroad goes. Do equip yourself with the right charging equipment for your smart phone, portable media player or other gadget you brought along.
List of Countries with Different Voltage Requirements
While most countries have the same plug, socket, voltage and frequency standards, there are a few countries with completely different ones. In fact, plug, socket, voltage and frequency specifics differ between regions.
A voltage of (nominally) 230 V and a frequency of 50 Hz is used in Australia, Europe most of Asia, most of Africa as well as much of South America. The same goes for the plug and socket specifics, which means a gadget that is manufactured for the European, Australian or other market can be easy to plug and charge in any of these regions.
In the US as well as Canada, however, the plug, socket, voltage and frequency standards are significantly different. The normal voltage and frequency combination is 120 V and 60 Hz. Therefore, if you are travelling to Canada from US or vice versa, powering your gadgets would not be a challenge unlike if you are travelling to other parts of the world from any of these two countries. Other countries have, for instance, a standard voltage of 230 V and a frequency of 60 Hz.
In addition, the standard North American power outlets or sockets, in British English, are slightly different from those commonly used in other countries in terms of design. Designed for a standard voltage of 120 V and a standard frequency is 60 Hz, these sockets feature two pins while most sockets used in other parts of the world feature three. Therefore, if you are planning to travel to Europe, Australia or to other parts of the world from US or Canada, you will need to equip yourself with a converter or an adapter. That is the only way you will be able to charge your phone, iPod or other portable gadget.
How to Decide on a Converter or Adapter
Using your electrics abroad will be easy and seamless if you pack the right charging equipment. You will need the appropriate converter or adapter to charge your phone or other portable gadget. If you are shopping for a converter or adapter, knowing how to pick the right product is crucial. A converter or adapter that is not suited to your gadgets will not serve the purpose, and even if it does, it may damage your batteries, forcing you to budget for new batteries sooner than you had planned.
So how do you obtain the appropriate converter or adapter? Do you walk into a physical store that deals in electric equipment and ask the attendant to find you the appropriate one? Or do you simply rely on your instincts? The answer is simple--you do none of these!
- Check your existing charger's voltage specifications and look for a converter or adapter that matches them. If for example, your charger supplies 5 Watts (5 volts at 1000 mA), when connected to a power outlet, search for a converter or charger with similar specifications.
- Research on the type of AC sockets commonly used in the country you are planning to visit. Once you know, look for an AC adapter that is specifically suited to them. For instance, if you are planning to visit Australia from Canada, narrow your search down to Australian suited AC converters or adapters.
- Ask the seller to try out the converter or adapter to see if it fits the appropriate socket and charges portable gadgets. If you are purchasing online, ask them to send you a video of that process and take note of the item's serial number so that he/she does not show you a false video. Reputable stores selling charging accessories will have various types of plugs and sockets and therefore finding a socket with which to test your converter or adapter need not be a challenge.
Using your electrics abroad need not be a challenge when you equip yourself with the appropriate charging accessories. No matter where you go, charging your smart phone, portable media player or another gadget will not be a problem if you pack the right adapter or converter. Nevertheless, the above tips will help you find the right adapter or converter.
If you found the tips and insights into under-18's travel insurance useful, then check out our other helpful articles on travelling as an under-18.
- Staying Safe as an Under 18 Travelling Alone
- Top 5 destinations for Solo Under 18 Travellers
- How To Save For Your Trip as an Under 18 Solo Traveller
- Is Couch-surfing Recommended for Under-18 Travellers?
- Under 18 solo travelling: Convincing your parents to let you travel
- Can you fly alone under 18 years of age?
- Travel insurance for under-18s
- Interrail travel insurance
- Travel insurance homepage
- Travel insurance FAQs
- Our policies:
- Cheap Travel Insurance
- Single Trip Travel Insurance
- Annual Travel Insurance
- Cruise Travel Insurance
- Our cover levels:
- Bronze cover policy
- Silver cover policy
- Gold cover policy
- Platnium cover policy
- Additional cover:
- Gadget Travel Insurance
- Sports Travel Insurance
- Ski Insurance
- Water Sports Travel Insurance
- Wedding Travel Insurance
- What Happens If You Miss Your Flight?
- Winter Sports Travel Insurance
- Family travel:
- Children's Travel Insurance
- Family Travel Insurance
- Single Parent Travel Insurance
- Over 65's Travel Insurance
- Medical Insurance Homepage
- Allergies Travel Insurance
- Angina Travel Insurance
- Arthritis Travel Insurance
- Asthma Travel Insurance
- Brain Tumour Travel Insurance
- Breast Cancer Travel Insurance
- Broken Bones Travel Insurance
- Cancer Travel Insurance
- COPD Travel Insurance
- Crohn's Disease Travel Insurance
- Dementia Travel Insurance
- Depression Travel Insurance
- Diabetes Travel Insurance
- Disability Travel Insurance
- DVT Travel Insurance
- Epilepsy Travel Insurance
- Heart Condition Travel Insurance
- High Blood Pressure Travel Insurance
- Gall Stones Travel Insurance
- Lupus Travel Insurance
- MS Travel Insurance
- Prostate Cancer Travel Insurance
- Stroke Travel Insurance
- Children with Medical Conditions Travel Insurance
- Cruise Travel Insurance with Medical Conditions
- Senior Travel Insurance with Medical Conditions
- Travelling With Medication
- Travelling With Diabetes
- Adventure Travel Insurance
- Annual Cruise Travel Insurance
- Couple's Travel Insurance
- Extreme Sports Travel Insurance
- Gap Year Travel Insurance
- Group Travel Insurance
- Hiking Insurance
- Interrail Travel Insurance
- International Travel Insurance
- Long Term Travel Insurance
- Off-piste Ski Insurance
- Over 70's Travel Insurance
- Over 80's Travel Insurance
- Pregnancy Travel Insurance
- Sailing Travel Insurance
- Scuba-diving Travel Insurance
- Senior Travel Insurance
- Student Travel Insurance
- Travel Health Travel Insurance
- Under 16 Travel Insurance
- Under 18 Travel Insurance
- Volunteering Abroad Travel Insurance
- Weekend Travel Insurance
- Working Holiday Insurance
- Holiday Cancellation Insurance
- EHIC Information
- Car Hire Excess Cover
- Compare Travel Insurance
- Worldwide Travel Insurance
- European Travel Insurance
- France Travel insurance
- Halong Bay Vietnam
- Indonesia Travel Insurance
- New Orleans
- New York
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- Vietnam Travel Insurance
Holiday Extras Cover Ltd and Holiday Extras Ltd are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Holiday Extras Cover Ltd 05058680 and Holiday Extras Ltd 01693250 are registered in England and Wales. Registered address: Ashford Road, Newingreen, Kent CT21 4JF.
Holiday Extras is underwritten by Travel Insurance Facilities plc which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered address: 2nd Floor, 1 Tower View, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent, ME19 4UY. Company number 03220410.