Bringing a host of different gadgets has become the norm when you travel. If only everyone uses the same kind of outlets and voltages everywhere, then the world would be a better place. Till then, traveling cross-continent means they power things up differently. If you don't want to short circuit your devices, then having a reliable travel adapter is a definite must for anyone who does more than stay put at home.
Matching the right outlets and voltage can be tricky, so here are the best travel adapters that can do the thinking for you.
Fair warning, however: travel adapters are usually meant to charge devices. High-powered appliances are rarely compatible with travel adapters.
Travel adapters can have anywhere from 1 to 5 to however many ports. If you don't travel around with lots of devices, then you'll can make do with a few USB ports to keep the adapter small and portable. However, be on the lookout for the amount you will need to simultaneously charge all your devices. Just in case.
Some travel adapters are just that - adapters. The better ones have built-in safety features like fuses, which can be very handy if your equipment is super expensive. This is important especially if you plan to charge several devices simultaneously or plugin a high voltage hairdryer like my girlfriend did a few months ago! Goodbye travel adapter.
Not all adapters are converters. While adapters are convenient, you'll still have to be aware of the power output of the sockets you're plugging into if you're not carrying a travel converter. This is a bigger issue if you travel far and wide and venture outside your own country or continent, where power / voltage changes can be big (120 vs 240 for example).
I come from Australia and we use 240, but the USA uses 120. Just go give you an example
SAUNROCH Universal International Travel Power Adapter is for travelers who can't live with just a smartphone. With four USB ports, you can have your phones and tablets charging all at the same time. It also has one universal AC socket for powering up any other appliance or gizmo you might be bringing along.
The adapter has a Smart IC Chip. It recognizes the devices plugged in and adjusts the right current output automatically The chip boosts charging speed so you can charge several devices simultaneously and quickly. For more safety features, it has a built-in 6.3 Amp fuse and safety shutter design.
The biggest downside is that the adapter is not a converter. It's meant for AC 100-240-Max socket output and cannot convert voltage. It has an 18-month warranty as well in case the adapter doesn't work as well as you would like.
Versatility and lots of power options. These are the best features of the BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter. It charges seven devices simultaneously: 4 USB charging ports with a combined 6A output plus 3 AC ports. The USB outputs are completely isolated from the AC power to keep the adapter from overloading and keeps all devices safely plugged in.
Its Smart ID and quick charge features ensure the most optimal current and speed for any kind of device. The detachable power cord is 5 feet long and fitted with an EU plug. The adapter comes with plug adapters for AUS, US, and UK.
The adapter is only ideal for charging devices. The adapter does convert all countries' voltage to 110 V, but it cannot be used for appliances rated at voltage 220V-240V AC. The adapter is only meant for 100V-120VAC products. Don't fret, though. If you get a bit clumsy, the adapter will keep devices safe with Over-current, Over temperature, Output short-circuit, and Surge protection features.
Here's a sleek adapter that functions as good as it looks. The EPICKA All in One Charger can charge up to five devices in one go. Two USB ports at 2.4A for tablets and cameras and two USB ports at 2.1A for mobile phones, plus an 8-pin AC socket for almost any kind of plug design. It also comes with a nifty travel bag to keep the adapter and its 2-feet detachable power cord.
It's also packed with several safety features. The safe shutter inside the socket is dustproof and is anti-electric shock. The internal spike and surge protection circuitry protects devices and the adapter itself from overloading and overheating.
It has adapters for AUS, EU, US, and UK sockets. There is a slight problem with the UK plug and can come loose from the wall.
As with other travel adapters, this is only meant for 110V devices like gadgets. High-powered appliances are not meant to be plugged to this adapter. If you encounter any problems, you get 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee and 1-Year Limited Warranty.
Out of all the gadget must-haves, a travel converter is the most convenient when traveling internationally. The NEWVANGA Travel Adapter supports is designed to work with five different types of input plugs all in one single adapter. Two USB ports also support charging for any kind of Android and iOS device. It converts the power outlet, but doesn't convert electrical output current and voltage.
Its surge protector keeps the devices charging at a consistent flow. The built-In safety shutters also protect users from live parts on the socket outlet and prevents electric shock.
Its slim and compact design makes it ideal for travel, neatly tucked away in a suit case or carry on. When plugged, however, it tends to get very hot. Nevertheless, service is very good and available 24-7.
You don't always need too many ports and plugs. The JMColo All in One Universal International Power Adapter only charges three devices at once, but it's reliable and handy and enough for what you need. It's very similar to the NEWVANGA version but at half the price.
It has one AC power socket ideal for various plug designs. Two USB ports allow you to charge your mobile devices and tablets as well. Like many adapters, it has built-in safety shutters and keeps users safe from direct touch of live parts on the socket.
Despite the cheaper price, it's still very well-made. If you're not satisfied, it comes with a 12-month warranty. Similarly, it only converts the power outlet and not the input. This adapter is not meant for high-powered appliances like hair dryers and curling irons.
Travel adapters are handy little tools that really make traveling easier. Nowadays, running on empty is just not an option. So these adapters will certainly make your future travels far more fun!
If all you really need to is power your mobile phone or tablet, go with the JMColo All in One Universal International Power Adapter. This no fuss adapter does the job at a very affordable price.
For people carrying around several devices, the best option is the BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter. It's well-built, packed with safety features and certifications, and can take seven devices all in one go. Professional photographers have also given great reviews for this adapter.
If you're always in a hurry, the SAUNROCH Universal International Power Travel Adapter can get you charged quickly. The SMART IC Chip can optimize the current for quick charging and you don't have to carry around extra AC sockets.
Make sure you remain charged on your travels no matter which charger you decide to take. You won't regret it.
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Roger is a little obsessed with travel. He has been to over 40 countries, broken 3 suitcases and owned over 10 backpacks in 12 months. What he doesn't know about travel, ain't worth knowing!