Month: January 2011

Nowadays, with the wide spread of consumer electronics being sold all over the world via the Internet as well as increasing international travel, voltage converters are a necessary fact of life for many. Why are voltage converters needed? Here in the United States we use one electric current, whereas most of the rest of the world uses another. If you travel and bring electronic gadgets with you, or have bought electronic devices made for other parts of the world, you may need a voltage converter or deluxe automatic voltage regulator.
What do They do?
Voltage transformers and voltage converters change their electric current from 220/240 volt (used in foreign countries) to 110/120 volt (used in the USA), which is called a step down. There are step up voltage converters that change 110/120 volts to 220/240 volts and voltage regulator converters that can step up and step down, which are 10-220 volts 50/60 HZ that can be used anywhere. Knowing this can help you determine what kind of transformer or converter you will need to buy to fit your needs.
Checking Wattage
You will also need to know the correct wattage of any appliance in order to buy the correct converter. Usually this information is easy to find and is either etched into the device or shown on a sticker. The key is to buy a converter that is rated slightly higher in wattage than what is listed on your appliance.
Small vs. Large Gadgets
Keep in mind that cell phones or iPods will require much less wattage than say your laptop computer. If you are going to be using one converter for multiple gadgets make sure it supports the highest rated wattage item that you have. If you are traveling through multiple countries you will also want to buy international adapters plugs.
Other Things to Consider
International conversion standards are different for TVs and DVDs, which use codes. For these you may want purchase a multisystem TV or region code free DVD players.  Power conversion can also be an issue when it comes to high-power appliances like motors, compressor and generators. If you are planning on using appliances such as these, invest a bit more in deluxe automatic voltage regulator.
It would be great if the world could get together and just decide to use one voltage, but unfortunately this is not the case. If you want to insure that all your gadgets will function properly anywhere you are, be prepared with the proper voltage converter, deluxe automatic voltage regulator, and foreign plug adapters, and you won’t regret it.
We live in a world that is increasingly global.  Whether we are living in the USA or any other country, the likelihood of life or business taking us overseas on vacation or to work is increasingly possible. Wherever anyone may travel, it’s increasingly possible there will be a need to pack a voltage converter or transformer in their luggage.
Overseas Travel and Electronics
Travelling for business purposes usually means taking a variety of electronic equipment. Business travelers often take computers or other essential equipment to prepare for the conference they may be attending.  Vacationers take hair dryers, electric razors and electronic equipment to play games or listen to music.
Voltage Differences between Different Countries
Those who travel regularly know that there are huge differences between the electrical voltages supplied between countries.  Some countries provide 110 volt electrical supplies, while others provide voltage that is 240 volts.
The Frustration of Equipment Not Working
Arriving in a country with electrical equipment and not being able to use it due to voltage differences can be very disheartening and even frustrating.   Packing a voltage converter and foreign plug adaptor is essential when carrying electronic equipment.
Converters and Adaptors
Deluxe automatic voltage regulators are superior converters that provide automatic and safe correction of voltage delivered to electrical equipment that meet the voltage requirements of the computer or other electrical equipment.   
International adaptor plugs are selected to suit the plug shape of the country of destination. Whether a plug is angled, straight, two pronged or three pronged, correct selection of the plug type will enable the transformer to be plugged into the wall socket and supply the correct voltage.
Leaving Home without a Converter
It is easier to purchase converters and adaptors in the country of origin, rather than the country of destination.   Many travelers know the frustration of finding their equipment does not work and being unable to find a suitable plug or converter for their equipment.  Shops and electronic stores usually carry international adaptors and convertors and plugs in stock and buying them well ahead of travel dates is sensible.
Online and store front retailers can provide the necessary advice and purchase assistance to customers, This advice enables the customer to buy the most suitable voltage converter, transformer or foreign adaptor plug necessary for the equipment they’re carrying overseas.