This is a common question with travelers today as we have so many gadgets and devices. What actually are adapters/converters anyway? Here is a breakdown to hopefully ease your mind when it comes to plugging in your appliances!
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ADAPTER AND A CONVERTER:
An adapter allows your devices to be plugged into a different type of wall socket. It does not change the electricity supplied to the appliance. If the appliance that you are using supports dual voltage and dual frequency, you will not need a converter, only an adapter. To see if your appliance supports dual-frequency, check for a plate/tag that will be located on the item stating “120/240v or 50/60Hz”.
A power converter steps down the voltage of the appliance from 240v to 120v, allowing equipment that is not dual voltage to operate at the voltage for which it was designed (basically-this prevents you from sending your appliance into smoke). Converters do not alter the frequency at which electricity is delivered and should be used a maximum of 1-2 hours at a time.
Keep in mind:
- Items that normally require converters are mainly larger appliances such as computers, hairdryers, hair tools, sleep machines, etc.
- In order to use a converter, you will need to also use an adapter, so we always recommend bringing both with you while traveling.
PLUG TYPES PER COUNTRY
Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales: Type G plug
France: Type C or E plug
Germany, Greece, Portugal, Spain: Type C or F plug
Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden: Type C or F plug
Denmark: Type C, F, E or K plug
Switzerland: Type C or J plug