Adapter for Paris
About ten years ago, I spent the summer in Prague. I remember having to get expensive adapters just to use my laptop, but luckily, I didn’t have that many electronics with me.
Now, I have a Kindle, an iPad, a cell phone, and a laptop for starters, and my mother has the same. That’s a lot of electronics to plug in at once! Does that mean I need eight adapters at $50 a pop?
Not at all.
Electronics have changed since those days, and many can handle a range of voltages. So in many cases, all you’ll need is this seven dollar plug converter:
How do you know if you can use this adapter for Paris? Look at the plug for your electronic. If it says “100-240V,” this means it can take a variety of voltages. If it only says 110V, for example, DO NOT plug it into the wall. It will probably start smoking.
Why am I saying an adapter for Paris (or rather, France), and not an adapter for Europe?
France has a prong that comes out if the outlet to ground it. Adapters need to have either a receiver for this prong or empty space so the prong can pass through (it is not necessary to use the prong). Outlets in other countries do not have this prong, so you can use this in most of Europe, but you cannot use the plug adapters for most of Europe in France. I’d recommend getting a French adapter because it is more versatile.
These adapters don’t work for UK, so you’d need to get one of these (which also works in Hong Kong):
But how do you charge multiple items at once? Should I just cover all the outlets in these adapters?
I’m a fan of USB adapters like these:
I can take this almost anywhere and it will work. It has plug adapters for different areas of the world. I can put in my phone and kindle into here, and so can my traveling companion.
Please note that this does not draw enough power to really power up an iPad, but luckily, the iPad’s charger works well with the first adapter.
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