Power PLUGS and ADAPTERS explained | Travel Tips [2019]


In this video, we’ll cover all you need
to know about power plugs and outlet styles around the world, for example, how different
countries use different voltages and frequencies what to look for when you’re buying a power adapter,
and why all that matters when you travel abroad. This video is brought to you by Ceptics,
a number one brand for travel adapters on Amazon. And don’t forget to like this video, subscribe
to our channel, or ask a question about travel adapters in the comments below. Here are our top five recommendations: NUMBER 5. CHECK THE TYPE OF PLUG
FOR YOUR DESTINATION Just like some countries use miles and others
use kilometers, different countries and regions use different plugs to charge their appliances. The types of plugs are distinguished by letters. Here is a list of most areas. See the full
list with all information in the description. Type A and type B are used in North America, some
countries in South America, Japan, and the Philippines. Type C is used in the majority
of continental Europe and some parts of Asia, some parts of Africa, and some parts
of South America. Type D is used, for example, in India. Types E and F are used in most parts of continental Europe and parts of Asia,
and some parts of Africa. Type G is used in the United Kingdom, Ireland,
Arabian Peninsula, parts of Africa, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Type H is used in Israel Type I is used in Australia, New Zealand,
China, and Argentina. Type J: is used in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Type K is used in Denmark and Greenland. Type L is used, for example,
in Italy and Chile. Type M is used in South Africa and Namibia. Type N is used in South Africa and Brazil. And type O is used only in Thailand. So, make sure to always check what outlet
system they use in the countries you are traveling to. For example, if you are traveling to London,
Paris, and Rome, you will need three or even four different plugs, although all these cities
are located in Europe. Check the description for links, or if you
use a world adapter kit like this one from Ceptics, it will usually come
with a list of countries. NUMBER 4. CHECK VOLTAGE AND FREQUENCY Another important thing to know before using your devices abroad is voltage and frequency. While most countries in the Americas and Japan use between 100 and 127 volts and 60 Hz, almost
all other countries use twice the voltage, between 220 and 240 volts and 50 Hz. So why is that important for you?
Your devices must also be compatible with the voltage and frequency of the country you
are traveling to or you can risk damage to your device or even fire.
Most devices we bring to our travels, like cell phones, laptops, or cameras are usually
set up in a way that can be used with different voltages and frequencies. However, there are still some appliances that are not. Hair driers, hair straightness or
and steam irons are some examples. Many of them are designed
for a specific voltage only. Each device should include information about voltage and frequency compatibility. Here is how you can find it. For example, this phone battery charger is compatible with voltages
and frequencies in all regions. NUMBER 3. WHEN TO GET A TRAVEL ADAPTER If your device is compatible with the voltage and frequency of the country you’re traveling
to, but the country uses a different outlet style, you will need a travel adapter. That is basically a device that adapts to fit your
power plug with the country’s power outlet. Adapters can come in all kinds of shapes and
forms, and it’s important to distinguish between grounded and ungrounded adapters. Grounded plugs have three prongs instead of two. The extra prong is used to “ground”
or send any extra power into the ground. Smaller devices such as cell phones don’t
need grounding, while some devices, such as laptops, are designed to be grounded so you
should always use a grounded adapter. NUMBER 2. WHEN TO GET A VOLTAGE CONVERTER If need to bring a device that uses
one voltage or frequency, like a hair dryer, you should consider using
a power converter or transformer instead. Voltage converters and transformers step up or step down the voltage and make it safe
to use your device. Some devices that can be used are, for example,
hair dryers, or curling irons. However, voltage converters and transformers
are only intended for short-term use, and they are not suitable for larger devices such
as microwaves or mixers. Don’t forget to unplug your device after use. NUMBER 1. WHAT TO KNOW
BEFORE BUYING AN ADAPTER? There is nothing worse than being
stuck on your trip with a low battery and no means
to charge your phone or laptop. If you have already arrived at your destination,
buying an adapter can be costly, especially at the airport, or you might not even have
a chance to buy one, so we recommend getting one before your travel to make your trip easier. Additionally, your hotel room might be equipped with only one power outlet, while you might
need to charge multiple devices at the same time so consider buying an adapter with more
than one outlet and additional USB and USB-C slots. If you travel a lot, consider buying an adapter that comes with multiple outlets styles and
you can simply replace it when you arrive in a different country. You can also buy an
all-in-one international adapter. Or a set of individual adapters like this one. It is important to know that
not all adapters might fit well. Some lower quality adapters
might be loose, will have trouble staying in the outlet, or might charge your devices
slower, so be sure to always check the reviews of the adapter you’re buying. The adapter we use the most is Ceptics Mini Travel
Power Strip with multiple attachments. It allows us to charge up to four devices at once, since most hotels only have a few
outlets. And we can just take the right
attachment with us in a pouch. So what adapter is right for you? It all depends on where you travel, how often,
how many devices you need to charge, etc. Keep this in mind when buying one. In this video, we’re partnering with Ceptics,
a number one choice for travelers to and from the US to the world when it comes to travel adapters. Check their easy-to-use website
to find adapters that fit your needs. And don’t forget to like this video,
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