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Old 11-17-2012, 02:19 PM   #1
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Travel Plug Adapters

My friends and I are traveling to Italy, Paris and London this January so we need the adapters. I have been looking at universal ones and they look so cumbersome. Does anyone have any experience using one? It seems as if there were two outlets you wouldn't be able to plug anything into the second outlet. I'd prefer not having to carry out individual ones for each country. I would need three for each country. Any advice or anything would be so appreciated!!
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:21 PM   #2
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A friend of mine just traveled to Paris and had a hard time finding one, but another friend of mine had just been to England over the summer so friend 1 ended up borrowing friend 2's adapter and it was usable in both countries. It wasn't very big (smaller than a timer you would plug into the wall to time lights off and on) and I'm not sure how many things could be plugged in at once, but having to carry more than 1 wouldn't be a bid deal I don't think.

Friend 2 said she got hers at Bed, Bath & Beyond over the summer. Hope that helps some!
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:26 PM   #3
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Wow! Thanks for responding so quickly! They used a universal adapter I am assuming?
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:29 PM   #4
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What do you need the adapters for? Is it hair dryers, curling irons, etc., or is it to plug in electronics (laptops, iPhones, etc.)? Depending on the appliance you may or may not need a converter as well as an adaptor.
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:29 PM   #5
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What about something like this? We bought one like this about 5 years ago - it has travelled to Germany, Spain, France and the Netherlands.

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Old 11-17-2012, 02:37 PM   #6
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What do you need the adapters for? Is it hair dryers, curling irons, etc., or is it to plug in electronics (laptops, iPhones, etc.)? Depending on the appliance you may or may not need a converter as well as an adaptor.
I'm not bringing any hair dryers or curling irons. I would need to charge my cameras and my iPod/Pad from time to time. I have looked into the converters and I don't need those luckily.

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What about something like this? We bought one like this about 5 years ago - it has travelled to Germany, Spain, France and the Netherlands.

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I have seen those; what I was concern about was it being too large and not being able to plug anything else into that outlet. If the outlet has 2 sockets would is the adapter small enough to be able to plug something in to two sockets?
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:45 PM   #7
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I'm not bringing any hair dryers or curling irons. I would need to charge my cameras and my iPod/Pad from time to time. I have looked into the converters and I don't need those luckily.
for iPod/iPad, u can use something like this
http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB...AOS-US-KWG-PLA

Just bring the correct heads with u. You should probably call your hotels head of time though. Most Hotels have multiple head outlets. Also, some hotels will have converters if you need them. As for your camera, u have to worry about the different voltage check to see the brick part of the charge and see if its 110V--240V...
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Old 11-17-2012, 03:09 PM   #8
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When we travel abroad to a country which has different plugs to what we normally use we make up a 6 way adapter with the countries plug we are traveling to on the end of it. That way we can just plug our electronics into the power strip like we usually would at home and they do not need extra adapters. We have made up several of these now during our various travels. We were able to buy the plugs in a local electrical store but I am sure they would be available to buy on line.
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Old 11-17-2012, 03:14 PM   #9
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Wow! Thanks for responding so quickly! They used a universal adapter I am assuming?
I assume so. That one worked in both countries?? I will also say that both ladies said adapters or converters (whatever they are called, if there's a difference) were easily found in the touristy areas.
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You can plug a short extension card, with multiple outlets, into one adapter and have as many outlets as you need. I bought my adapter from Amazon. The correct adapter has two round plugs on one end and the other has the female part that allows you to plug in a USA plug. Buy the narrow kind of adapter, not the large round one, and it should fit plugs all over Europe.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:19 AM   #11
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I did the same thing and just bought an adapter that works any where in Europe. Its only for electronics so it doesn't have to convert currents. It's very small and only cost 10 bucks. I'm a little confused byt the question. I've used the same adapter in England, Sweden, France, Belguim, Egypt...the middle east and anywhere else I've forgotten. It's all the same thing over there.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:12 AM   #12
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You can plug a short extension card, with multiple outlets, into one adapter and have as many outlets as you need. I bought my adapter from Amazon. The correct adapter has two round plugs on one end and the other has the female part that allows you to plug in a USA plug. Buy the narrow kind of adapter, not the large round one, and it should fit plugs all over Europe.
You brought just a regular extension cord and one adapter?
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You brought just a regular extension cord and one adapter?
You can do that. Just get a power bar and then the do-hickey that plugs into to electrical outlet and then plug the power bar into the do-hickey. You can then plug your camera, cell phone and whatever else in all at once.
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:06 AM   #14
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Thanks for the help everyone! I think I am going to end up plugging something into the adapter so there are more outlets.

I appreciate the advice!
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