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Its very simple really: An adapter is when the cable you are carrying doesn't fit in the wall socket. These adapters do not do any current stepping or conversion. They are cheap and portable. A converter is an appliance that takes a specific voltage and coverts it for a different purpose. These are typically rated and are almost always heavy and bulky to ...


Several quick rules of thumb: Almost everything has a sticker or imprint that lists the input voltage. Look at that. For the more electronics savvy: if you're just trying to do a quick inventory in your head you can usually just go on whether the device already requires voltage conversion. Computers, phones, and other things with charging batteries almost ...


It's not normal--the plug should work in either orientation. Since it doesn't, I imagine that there is some lack of contact occurring inside the adapter, perhaps because your plug pins are a bit bent or misaligned. If you have another adapter, try it. If not, you can plug your Type C plug directly into the Type G outlet if you first defeat the safety ...


If you are going to use a non-universal (110-240v / 50-60hz), your safest option is to use a step-up or step-down transformer. The small adapters as you showed are good for low amp power adapters, for example cell phones. As long as you don't want to use a hair dryer, then a small transformer is great. However all laptop chargers are universal.


Some shavers may work with just an adapter. A clock may need a frequency converter, which is a far more expensive and bulky piece of equipment than the voltage converter you show here. Look at the existing power supply (i.e. the inline brick or "wall wart" plug used to plug into a US outlet). It will say the range of voltage it allows for input. If it says ...


General rule: read the sticker on the item you want to use, although in some cases it is a text area molded into the plastic of the transformer of the charger. Most laptops, phones, camera chargers and such these days are made to run off 100 as well as 240 volt, and can handle 50 as well as 60 hertz. If something is made to run on 240 volt, it will ...


I purchased an earthed adapter in England. I haven't found it online, but I did find some that look like it. Some of these state they are not earthed and some don't say: http://www.go-distribution.co.uk/travel-adapters-and-usb-chargers.html


It's relatively easy to find country specific grounded adapters (search for Schuko grounded adapter http://www.amazon.com/Grounded-Universal-Schuko-Adapter-Germany/dp/B004SY5O5K ) but as far as I am aware there is only one universal (rebranded by Tumi) the Skross World Adapter PRO+ .


Your laptop is unlikely to require electrical ground. For one, it would make it difficult to operate when on batteries. Various people are disagreeing with me here, very well, the main content of my answer remains unchanged below: Poland uses type E Euro sockets: http://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/poland/ The ground "pin" is actually part of the socket ...


Based on the logo on the socket, this is an "EmPower" socket - which isn't surprising as they are the most common type of these sockets on airplanes. You can find a datasheet for these types of sockets here, that claims they are "Compatible with plugs from over 170 countries", and then specifically shows compatibility with multiple forms of 2-plug European ...


Yes, the German type plug will fit in there, if you look closely you will notice a curved notch in the outlet made for round pins. Check the end of the arrow: Actually, plugs with round pins are the standard in Qatar the country, along with the UK type.


Both Worldstandards.eu and the IEC maintain pages on the types of sockets in use around the world. The UK uses Type G almost universally (there's the odd exceptions of "Shaver sockets" in bathrooms and some hotels have a strange, round 3 pin setup for lighting only). So you need something that will take your Nowergian C/F plugs and convert them to G. You'll ...

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