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I am going to China. I plan on taking my regular Xbox. I am buying this travel adapter from BestBuy: Insignia™ - All-In-One Travel Adapter/Converter (Black). The adapter is compatible with 1875W and lower single-voltage devices. In addition, it converts 220/240V to 110/120V.

If utilized in China, will it destroy my Xbox?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's not about travel. – JonathanReez May 5 '16 at 8:07
  • @DavidRicherby xbox is sold to accept the country's voltage only, not with an adapter than can handle multiple voltages, at least this is the one I got. – Nean Der Thal May 5 '16 at 14:11
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    @HeidelBerGensis Wow. "There are no dimensional changes between the 100-110V, 220-240V, and 100-240V versions [of the power supply]. ... PSUs are designed to be used only in the regions where they are sold. Don't try to use an Xbox One PSU that was built for a region that has different power requirements." support.xbox.com – David Richerby May 5 '16 at 15:13
  • I'd buy something with more wattage.. xbox uses a lot of that. – Nean Der Thal May 5 '16 at 17:59
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    No, you will need an actual transformer. They're a lot bigger than just an adapter. What you have there is a converter between plug types, but not a voltage transformer. That's why it says not suitable for hair dryers. – la femme cosmique Jun 19 '16 at 17:10
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As I understand it there are various categories of device that people use when taking equipment abroad.

  • Plug adaptors simply convert the type of the plug, they do not change voltage. So they can only be used if the device is compatible with the voltage of the destination country.
  • Thyrister or Triac based converters, work in a similar way to a lighting dimmer. They reduce the RMS voltage but they do not proportionally reduce the peak voltage (and possibly do not reduce it at all). This is ok for heating elements but use with other devices may cause damage.
  • Autotransformers, these reduce the peak and RMS voltage between live and neutral correctly but in some cases the earth relative voltage may be higher than the live-neutral voltage depending on which way round the autotransformer ends up connected to the mains supply. Autotransformers can also fail in ways that damage the equipment.
  • Isolating transformers, these are the safest option but also the bulkiest, heaviest and often most expensive.

I will assume the product you are referring to is

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/insignia-all-in-one-travel-adapter-converter-black/2431031.p?id=1219540952234&skuId=2431031

Looking at the picture (it's two damn small to be a transformer of that power rating) and reading the 1-star reviews I'm pretty convinced that this device is a thyrister/triac based converter and hence is not safe for use with single voltage electronic devices.

In general I would consider voltage conversion as a last resort option. If we are talking about a 360 or XBox One it should be possible to replace the power brick with a 230V model. Unfortunately it doesn't seem that is an option for the original Xbox.

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