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Worldwide converter/adaptor?

Hi all, I know this question has been asked, but in doing a search I could not find what I wanted. We used to have this converter/adaptor (which was recommended on this forum) and used it for several trips to Europe. But, in Africa it went KABOOM. Not sure why, but now we need to get another one. Should we get the same one or is there something better? We take 2 iphones and an ipad on our trips. We would like something that works everywhere!
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XFZPQSM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1

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Tammy, if either of your iPhones or iPads are using a USB-C connection, it pays to get a converter that has at least one of those if not more. I just got this one from Amazon with two USB-A and one USB-C connectors, plus A/C connectors as well. But I’m sure there’s others out there that will work just as well. https://www.amazon.com/Adapter-TESSAN-Converter-Charger-Scotland/dp/B09WVPZGMM

ETA: oops, I forgot that mine is for the UK for my Scotland trip. But they have others that are for Europe as well. But the key piece of information is to get one, if possible, that has one or more USB-C connections.

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If all you are doing is charging 2 iPhones and an iPad, do you really need a power strip with 2 receptacles for American type B grounding plugs? Do you really need the 5 ft cord?

Your old power strip had 4 USB-A ports and it worked for you. You probably already have the USB-A to Lightning or to USB-C connector cords, so stick with a charger with USB-A ports.

The other issue is, you need a plug for European receptacles. Where are you going? The one shown in the middle of Mardee's link (the one with 3 USB-A ports), with a type C Europlug, will work anywhere on the European continent. They also sell the same unit with a type G plug for the UK.

If you get a charger with USB-B ports, you will have to get all new connector cords for each of your iDevices.

Everywhere on the European continent and for most African countries you can use the type C Europlug. UK, Ireland, and a handful of African countries use the British type G plug. If you're going to all these places, and you already have type C to US and type G to US adapters, then you might want to get one with a US type A (2 flat blades) plug and use your existing adapters.

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If you only need a device to charge multiple electronic devices, then you don't need a converter, since modern electronics are dual voltage. You only need adaptors. What you are showing is neither a converter nor an adaptor. It's just a multi outlet power strip with a North American plug. You still need adapters, which marry your power strip plug to a plug that fits the electric outlets in the countries you are visiting. You can buy those at just about any place that sells travel accessories.

PS, the item in your link is not a converter. It's a power cord rated for 110-240v, but nowhere does it say that it converts one voltage to another

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I got something that looked like this from Amazon a few years ago and it was worthless. Usbs didn't work, for one thing.
Also, this isn't an adapter. It is just an extension cord.
I needed some strange plig types for India recently and got the 13 piece...every country in the world...version of the Ceptics world adapter https://www.ceptics.com/products/ceptics-world-travel-adapter-kit-2-usb-2-us-outlets
It does need to have access to a socket, but I always seemed to find one.

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I’ve had other types, but wow, these cheap ones save room in the suitcase, and they’re inexpensive. I’ve been leaving my bulky ones at home on the shelf in my “Travel Box”.

https://store.ricksteves.com/shop/p/european-power-adapter
https://store.ricksteves.com/shop/p/uk-power-adapter

Tip! I have wrapped all of my power adapters and phone charger blocks in bright neon striped tape years ago. After numerous vacation & work trips, I’ve never accidentally left one behind.

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I've used Ceptics adapters and like them, they are sturdy

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Actually, a USB charger IS a converter. It converts 100-240 Volts AC to 5 Volts DC. Just because it's output isn't AC, doesn't mean it isn't a converter.

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Thank you. I was hoping to get something that charges with a long cord, because we all know those European hotel rooms do not always have outlets near the bed. Sorry, but I’m still confused on what I should get. Links are helpful.

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Tammy: Get a longer USB charging cable to plug into the adapter, as opposed to an adapter with a long cord; it will also be useful in airports!!!

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I brought some extension cords that look like an octopus, you can get a 2fer or a 3fer or a 5fer. Or an outlet strip.

Electricity is so much easier these days since there is no more converting.

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European hotel rooms do not always have outlets near the bed

In my travel over the last 20+ years, I've never had any trouble accessing a receptacle (that's an outlet where you plug things in, as opposed to an outlet which is a switch or a light fixture). Most of my stays have been in Germany (a relatively advanced country), but they have also been in some pretty small places (pensions and private rooms). If there hasn't been one next to the bed, there's been one on the wall next to a desk.

I used to carry an extension cord, but never needed it and quickly stopped.

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I am always battling the 8kg carryon limit so there is no way I will give up a clean shirt for one of those 1 pound fits everything in the world adapters. 90% of where I go uses the schuklo and on the rare ocassion I go to Italy (although the last time I went the hotel had schuklo outlets), or Switzerland or the UK, I will spring for the cheapest, lightest adapter I can find for the particular need. And I have 1 USB cord that is 2m long and a couple of 6 inchers and its worked so far.

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Those 1 fits everything in the world adapters are for people who fear (there must be a name for this fear) that they will go to sleep in Italy and wake up in India.

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Maybe there's something you didn't tell us, but why are you looking at a device that has a male USA parallel blade [male] plug? Depending on your sort of travel, I'd lean towards a multi-plug with a Shuco 240V male plug.

You're also not telling us if you mostly plug in electronics wall warts that all say "100-240 Volts" molded into their covers? The risk is that the plugs on your adapter will have 240 volts, and I once fried a toothbrush charger that I KNEW was ONLY 120 volts. I always write "240V !!!" on a box I know will invariably have 240 V coming out of it.

I bought a Shuco 240 volt multi box, and a Shuco 4-meter extension cord once, and it often works out fine for me. I don't blame you for wanting a surge protector, but you don't know (I presume) whether it was the surge protector or the USB power supply that exploded on you. Also note that the newest phones and tablets may not get enough current from a "generic" USB receptacle. And some devices today really need USB-C, with much more power. That includes the newest Iphone, I think.

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Okay, I looked at the OPs link. He/she is looking for a power strip surge protector that includes USB output that will operate 120 to 240v at 50 to 60hz. Has nothing to do with plug adapters. He/she will also need plug adapters to go with it, but that's a different question.

My answer: get the highest rated one on Amazon that meets the specs. As long as it is rated for 120 to 240v at 50 to 60hz it will work everywhere with the proper plug adapter.

Seems like overkill, but what the hay ....

I am assuming the OP realizes that this thing doesn't change the outlet voltage so anything he/she plugs into it needs to be rated at 220v 50hz or it will go boom. The USB ports will be fine no matter what.

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He/she is looking for a power strip

A power strip is overkill.

We take 2 iphones and an ipad on our trips.

If those three USB divices are all you will use, if you have no 115V± devices with US plugs, you don't need a power strip, you only need a USB charger (voltage converter). The charger should have multiple USB-A ports, and you can use your existing USB to device cords.