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FOREIGN ELECTRICITY ISSUES

We know this whole electrical issue is confusing.  Please call us if you have any questions and we'll help you determine what you'll need to take to use your electrical items abroad.
 
To use electrical or electronic appliances in foreign countries, you will need to consider the following:
  • where you are going
  • what you are taking
ELECTRICAL CURRENT
VOLTAGE

Electrical appliances built for use in North America are designed to operate on 110-125 volts AC (Alternating Current). Most of the rest of the world, however, operates on 220-250 volts AC.

When travelling with electrical or electronic appliances to areas of the world with 220-250 volts AC, you will need either

 

SURGES AND SPIKES

As in the United States, but with much greater frequency in many foreign countries, power spikes and surges can affect electrical appliances. It's best to protect your equipment, particularly sensitive (and expensive) electric equipment, from these spikes and surges.

Surges and Spikes

CYCLES

Nothing is known to change cycles but most appliances are unaffected by the differences.  For more information, read about the appliances that are affected and how they are affected.

Cycles

AC/DC

Voltage converters and North American appliances operate on Alternating Current.  They will not operate on Direct Current (DC) and no device will allow these appliances to work on Direct Current.

ADAPTER PLUGS
You will probably also need one or more adapter plugs depending on where you will be using your appliances.

CAUTION:

Shaver Sockets
The 220-250 volt AC electrical outlets found in many foreign bathrooms are only for use with low wattage appliances rated at 5 to 10 watts maximum: i.e., electric shavers, oral hygiene devices, contact lens disinfectors, etc. Using your hair dryer or other high wattage appliance from this outlet, even with a voltage converter, can blow the main fuse or circuit breaker and may damage your converter and appliance.

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