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Type F power strip

It seems most of the Type F adapters do not come with a fuse built into them (and the few that do have 10%+ bad reviews, some even saying it fried their phone charger).

WIth that being the case, I looked for a type F power strip on Amazon. There were only a handful to choose from with not the best reviews.

Can anyone recommend a site to buy a reputable power strip with surge protection and a Type F plug? This is for Iceland.

OR, is there a place where I can buy just the "head" of the cord (like this one, which appears to be out of stock at the moment):

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1382778-REG/planet_waves_pw_iecfa_01_iec_f_plug_adapter.html

That way, I could buy a US power strip and plug directly into it.

Thanks,

Andy

Posted by
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I think the issue is that you do not want a surge protection especially on a US power strip. Do you really need that many outlets. We get by with a short extension cord with multi-outlet cube on the end.

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The referenced plug adapter does have a type F (Schuko) male plug on one end, so it will fit in most European receptacles (ex. Switzerland and Italy), but the other end is an EIC female receptacle. Your US power strip, with a type B plug, will not fit into it.

Here is one that will work.

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OR, is there a place where I can buy just the "head" of the cord (like
this one, which appears to be out of stock at the moment):
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1382778-REG/planet_waves_pw_iecfa_01_iec_f_plug_adapter.html
That way, I could buy a US power strip and plug directly into it.

I would not do that. That means you'd be running 230V through a power strip designed for 110V.

The easiest and cheapest way to get one for Iceland is probably to buy one when you arrive.

Posted by
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1) Do you want a power strip with USB ports?

2) What do you plan to plug into the power strip?

3) How many sockets do you need on the power strip?

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Frank, I don't really need that many outlets, but that was the best power strip I came across with a good joule rating. But then I saw Badgers comment about the power strip only being for 110v US.

Nice catch Lee. I didn't notice that plug was strictly for use in Europe. Thanks!

Badger, I had not thought about that. VERY good point. I went back to look at it and it is NOT dual voltage (it shows "Electrical rating: 15A, 120VAC"). Thanks for bringing that to my attention. That could have been "interesting" plugging that in. lol

Frank II, I really only need power outlets. I don't care about USB ports. I think I just stick with the adapters I bought and not worry about a power strip.

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I have an electrical and electronics background, and I think you are overthinking it. I have traveled to Europe maybe twice a year for the last 10 years, and have taken only a simple adapter picked up at Target or Walmart. Like this: https://www.amazon.com/Ckitze-Europe-Travel-Power-Adapter/dp/B001EB26MO

Most electronics (phones, cameras, tablets) are not grounded (or polarized) so anything that makes the connection is fine, no need for surge protectors, fuses, conversion, or other complications.

You may have a computer with a grounded or polarized plug, but still, I take a simple adapter. You can get grounded ones like the Schuko ones (works for Polarized plugs as well) But the means for grounding outlets seems to be the one thing that is not uniform among EU countries, plus not all hotels have "upgraded" to grounded outlets. The very basic adapter fits all outlets.

If you have a bunch of devices and anticipate limited outlets, look int a USB power block, plugs in and offers multiple USB ports.

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You can get grounded ones like the Schuko ones (works for Polarized plugs as well)

A lot of Schuko adapters do allow you to plug in a polarized plug (have the wider slot), but because they can be inserted into a Schuko receptacle either of two ways, they are not always polarized. In fact, 50% of the time they will be oppositely polarized. Appliances with polarized plugs rely for safety on a polarized power source, which is not provided by a Schuko adapter, so the safety feature mandated by UL is defeated.

Preferably you should not use appliances with polarized plugs in Europe (accept maybe in Switzerland, but those are not Schuko). If you do use them, make sure they are unplugged when not in use.