Power Question

I've been to England many times, but my last visit involved trying to figure out how to recharge all the electronics (cameras, phones, and netbook) with only two outlets in my room. I didn't have to use a converter because all of my electronics go from 110 to 250. But, it still was a pain to have to try to figure out how to get everything charged with three of us in a room and only two outlets. My husband suggested I get one of those small power strips of three outlets, which I could plug into my adapter and get three outlets at once. My question is - will this work over there? I don't want to fry my electronic equipment. Hopefully someone will know. Thanks!!

Posted by Ed
Pensacola
7976 posts

The most simple thing to do is get a buck sixty-five outlet multiplier or two. Piggyback them onto the adapter and have at it. Everything you own draws a fractional amp each. The circuit will handle at least fifteen amps so you can't hurt anything.

Posted by Pauline
BROADSTAIRS, Kent, United Kingdom
81 posts

Be very careful plugging in anything other than a single plug into socekts, those multi gang things are fine at home but I would be extremely careful in any hotel you may blow the lot

Posted by Pauline
BROADSTAIRS, Kent, United Kingdom
81 posts

Be very careful plugging in anything other than a single plug into socekts, those multi gang things are fine at home but I would be extremely careful in any hotel you may blow the lot

Posted by Geor
Seattle, Wa, USA
170 posts

When I went to England last year I brought several electronic devices, all 120 - 220 v, 50 - 60 Hz, that needed to be charged overnight (note: some of these used lithium ion batteries which I refuse, for safety reasons, to recharge when I am not present). I purchased a six outlet power surge protector which has six universal jacks so that your devices with American plugs can be plugged right in. I needed to purchase one adapter (came free with surge protector) so that the American plug would fit into the UK jack. http://www.amazon.com/VCT-USP600-Universal-Built--Protector/dp/B0036ZE6V0/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1368811646&sr=8-8&keywords=220+volt+power+surge+protector If you are traveling throughout the Continent all you will need is a plug adapter for every type of jack that you will encounter. I would not use any type of device that increased the number of jacks unless it was certified to handle 220 volts.

Posted by Ed
Pensacola
7976 posts

You can't hurt your own stuff since they only draw what they draw. They can't draw more than they need and you can't force more electricity down a preconnected wire from the front end except by changing the voltage, which is set by the power company. You can't blow the fuse/cb because you're not pulling the high amps. An ipad pulls one point five amps, everything else electronic much less. It would take ten ipads to pop a fifteen amp fuse if that's all that were on the circuit. To equal one 100 watt light bulb, you'd have to hook up twenty iphones. Amps is what hurts stuff. Conductors and circuits are rated by amps (capacity). Voltage is immaterial except to the end product. Newer electronics are dual voltage and draw the same amperage regardless of voltage (wattage changes).

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
17780 posts

Kristie, One solution might be to pack along something like a Power Bar like this one from Magellan's. It's designed for dual-voltage operation, and also provides a USB port. This product is supplied with a grounding pin, so you may wish to use that with a grounded-type Plug Adaptor. Some appliances (Netbook?) are designed to be grounded, and while they may work without the grounding pin connected, I always prefer to use the ground if the appliance is designed for that. DO NOT use a Power Bar that contains Surge Suppression, RFI filtering or other features UNLESS it's designed for operation on 220 VAC electrical systems. A couple of points to mention....... Electrical outlets in the U.K. are not usually fused at 15-amps. These are often wired in a "ring bus" configuration and a group of receptacles may be fused at 13A, however each outlet may also contain an internal 3-amp ceramic Fuse. Also, the current drawn by electrical devices will be somewhat proportional to the voltage. For example, with a Camera Charger rated for operation from 100-240 VAC, current at 100V will be 0.085 amps while at 240V it will be 0.05 amps. Happy travels!

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
7683 posts

I carry a netbook. When I get to my room at night, I plug it in to charge. Then I plug my phones, iPod, or whatever into the netbook and charge them all on one outlet.