New Overseas Tech? Converter or Plug Untangling the Mystery

In our home we not only travel a lot, but we also bring stuff back to the states and by stuff, we mean art and tech. While we have no trouble getting the art situated in our home, the tech is another story because of a wee issue with a little thing called electricity.

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If you also love to travel with tech or have a penchant for bringing nifty foreign electronics into your home, take a gander at these handy guidelines which will give you what you need to know to make the gadget work in a country far from where you picked it up.

1. Check the voltage requirements: 110 V? 240 V? In the USA it's 120 V, for Australia it's 230 V, this means that a device rated to work 110- 240 V will work in both places and all you will need is to change the plug. For more information on the voltage requirements of different countries, check out this handy guide.

2. Get the right connections: If you are all set voltage wise and just need to change the plug don't get stuck buying a $40 converter. All you need is a small adapter, like this one, to change the plug and these generally run a mere $5 or less.

3. Go universal: Thankfully USB has made the world a lot smaller. Many small devices have the option of using either AC or USB for power. Use USB and save yourself the hassle of changing the plug and you're good to go. Another thing to look for is to swap out the figure 8 cord for the one appropriate to your region if you meet the voltage requirements. This is a more seamless solution than getting a plug adapter and these figure 8 cords are inexpensive and readily available all over the world.

(Images: Joelle Alcaidinho)

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Joelle loves technology and making things and is in an almost perpetual state of problem solving. She's quite fond of airplanes and coffee and is pretty sure she will eventually read all of the books in her library.