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Do you have travel plugs? So you can plug in devices around the world?

Over the many years I traveled, I always wondered about plugs. I understand that in some parts of the world, the voltage provided to a home, and then within the home is 220 volts. In the US, it is 110 volts, but 220 is provided to the house panel. The thing that I never understand was the reality of the different plugs used around the world. You see, a power supply, the brick, can modulate the power. It can use the power in full (220) or stepped down (110), so why the different plugs? One of the things a good friend of mine says is that (and he loves starting conspiracy theories) that the various TV, toaster oven and Microwave manufacturers wanted to sell different ones to different countries.

We both, when he says that laugh because that isn’t a good business model. The reality of a Microwave bound for Indonesia is that in the end, it operates the same as a Microsoft sent to the US.  The difference is the plug. I’ve been to Malaysia, Thailand, Korea, Australia, India, and many other Southeast Asian countries, and no one ever used a Microwave differently. Even though, in most cases, there were often different plugs. When I was cleaning my office over the holidays, I realized I had 12 post plugs. Not 12 US plugs, but 12 international power plugs. They adapt to any input. Plug them in and away you go! For the most part, phone lines and phone plugs are similar worldwide.

(except the UK)

I have to admit sometimes I think about strange things. I did decide to keep two of the power plug adapters as we are planning a 2021 trip to Europe and will need them, I did take 10 to the Goodwill facility. That way, ten people that have to travel can do so at a much-reduced cost. Now what I wonder is how long did I carry 12 of those in my bag. One of them I know I purchased in 2016, but the other 11 are all from 2011 or earlier. I guess I was carrying a lot of them for a while. There were times, traveling when I would need two converted plugs (one for my camera, one for my laptop). I could charge my phone via the USB on my laptop, but the cameras of that day changed batteries separately.

There are other things I have multiples of as well, but only power plugs made me stop and wonder!

  • Question of

    do you think i carried at least 10 power converters for more than 5 years?

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  • Question of

    Have you ever needed a power converter?

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    • No
  • Question of

    Asia, Europe and the US all had different plugs when I traveled. interesting?

    • Yes
    • No

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  1. I travel with one adaptor plug and an extension with multiple outputs. For the last couple of decades, all my trips have been to Europe, Africa or West/South Asia, where the current is 220V same as here, and the format is the socket is pretty much identical.

  2. I carry 1 universal plug that works in most countries … (as in it has 3-4 type of plugs in one, I just need to push out the plug type I needed)…

    Usually, the plus are divided into 3 common types – EUR, US, UK. If you have these 3, you USUALLY can go anywhere! That’s what I heard from a guy at the hardware shop! I hope he is not just trying to sell me the plug :p

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