reverse converter purchase

Just arrived today in Prague. English Security at airport lost our USA to Czech electrical converters (3 of them...brand new). How can we get new ones. We really need them! August 19, 2013

Posted by Michael Schneider
New Paltz, NY
6840 posts

Are you sure you even need a converter? Most electronics these days automatically handle all voltages. You probably just need an adapter plug. You can find them at souvenir stores, or at hotel gift shops at the larger hotels.

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
10884 posts

I am with Michael. Are we sure we are talking the same language. It would be very rare to carry or to need three converters. Explain what you are using them for? I am sure the front desk or even a TI would point you to a source.

Posted by Andrea
Sacramento, CA
4877 posts

My guess is she means plug adapters, not converters.

Posted by Lee
Lakewood, Colorado
11276 posts

Receptacles in the Czech Republic need the same plug adapter as in France. Their receptacles are very similar to the German Schuko receptacles except grounding is accomplished by a pin sticking out in the recessed receptacle. A modified Schuko plug has a hole to accept the grounding pin. Actually, the Europlug adapter, which has just 2 5/64" diam pins should be thin enough to fit in the recess along side the grounding pin. Note, however, that this adapter does not provide grounding protection and technically should not be used for a US "3-prong" plug or even a polarized (1 blade wider) US plug (but we do it all the time).

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
17788 posts

Jeannie, Could you clarify what you're referring to? I'm not sure what you mean by a "reverse converter". Are you referring to a Plug Adaptor or a Voltage Converter??? Also, what products are you using these "converters" with? It would be easier to provide specific suggestions with more detailed information. Cheers!

Posted by Lee
Lakewood, Colorado
11276 posts

Unfortunately, Jeanie has never gotten back to us about what she means by "converter", but I find it difficult to imagine someone taking 3 voltage converters to Europe. Also, the CR is not the only country with that voltage, so I don't understand "USA to Czech (voltage) converters". The whole continent is on 220V (going to 230V), so it would just be USA to Continental Europe. But different countries have different receptacle configurations, some, as in France and the Crech Republic, identical, so it could be a "US to Czech plug adapter". So, until we her otherwise, I think we should assume she meant plug adapters, not converters.

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
10884 posts

Then there is English Security? What she referencing? How does security lose the converters. I think we need a translation.

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
17788 posts

@Lee, I assumed it was Plug Adaptors that the OP was referring to, but felt that clarification was needed. There was a slight possibility that it could have been a situation of several family members each packing along their own small Voltage Converters to charge their own electronics, and they packed them all together. This is one reason why I always carry a backup for important travel gear in my carry-on luggage. In any case, I'll await clarification. Cheers!