What is an Electrical Adapter?
It’s important to realize that an adapter merely changes the shape of a plug to match the shape of an outlet. In no way does an electrical adapter alter the voltage or electrical output being supplied from the power source.
Why do we Need Electrical Adapters?
Technology has drastically increased the quality of living around the world, but electrical standardization has been largely stagnant. Most countries continue to use the standards associated with the electrical systems they originally developed.
Some common electrical system standards around the world include:
- United States, Canada, and Mexico use an electrical system that relies on 100-127 volt, 60 hertz power, and identical physical connectors.
- The United Kingdom uses a 230 volt, 50 hertz system with a British 3-pin plug and outlet.
- Argentina uses a 220 volt, 50 hertz system with a European 2-pin plug and outlet.
- A full directory of countries and the voltages, frequencies, plugs, and outlets they used can be found at www.kropla.com.
One glance at a world voltage map quickly drives home the point that electrical standards vary significantly across the world:
Which Adapter Should I Get?
Shopping for an electrical adapter can be overwhelming. Many stores, particularly those you will find abroad, will sell adapters that work strictly for a single country. For this reason, you should always plan ahead when traveling internationally and carry a world adapter set that will make sure you stay powered up wherever your travels take you. Everyone knows the feeling of showing up at the airport realizing they forgot something, only to find that an inferior version on the road costs an arm and a leg.
A good world travel adapter kit will provide users with a variety of plugs to use depending on their destination. Make sure the adapter you choose supports the voltage and outlets of your destination country.
Don’t Get Caught Without One
In today’s connected world, traveling without access to power can leave you unable to use your favorite devices, and disconnected from friends, family, and work. Make sure to plan ahead for international travel by securing a world electrical adapter kit.