Converter Travel Kits

Written by Stacy Chbosky
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Converter travel kits allow frequent travelers to use their appliances wherever they travel. Appliances tend to have different plug shapes and to run on different voltage settings from one country to another. For example, in England the plugs are designed with flat pins, like ours, but they are fixed on the horizontal, rather than the vertical plane.

In Europe, they tend to use peg-shaped pins. In Australia, they use flat pins, but tilt them on a diagonal. The differences don't end there. Many countries outside of the U.S. also traditionally use 220 voltage appliances. In America, we use 110 voltage appliances. That's what makes converter travel kits so convenient: they don't just change the shape of the plug, but actually convert the amount of energy the appliance accepts. That's gadgets are also known as "step down voltage converters," because they "step down" the amount of power that flows into your appliance.

Converter Travel Kits and Heavy Appliances

You'll notice that many converter travel kits are for use with small appliances only. That's for a couple of reasons. First, these travel voltage converters are often designed for low-wattage appliances, only. That means that your electric razor is fine, but your stereo is not.

Second, converters don't actually change the amount of power coming out of the outlet. They simply use an electronic on / off switch to halve the time in which your appliance is getting power. For heavier appliances, consider buying a transformer, not a converter.


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