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What would you do without a laptop before bed? Where would you store camera footage? How would you update your blog?

So I carry a laptop with me, and therefore I carry a charger as well. As I live in Europe I need to pay attention to a few differences when it comes to electrical connectors and voltages. In North America, 110V AC is used, while in Europe, 220V is used. It used to be a big problem, but modern power supplies and rectifiers automatically use any voltage, but that detail should definitely be checked before setting off. Another difference relates to the type of connector. Get a converter on time because the most expensive converters are sold at airports, and you will almost certainly not be able to buy it once you leave the airport on American soil. Americans just don't need it. ;)

It is not necessary to burden yourself with grounding although it is always safer to be grounded, but you are more likely to find a socket you can plug in if your charger/converter has a type A plug (without a grounding contact).

US Type A US Type B EU Type C EU Type F
  • mainly used in the USA, Canada, Mexico & Japan
  • 2 pins
  • not grounded
  • 15 A
  • almost always 100–127 V
  • mainly used in the USA, Canada & Mexico
  • 3 pins
  • grounded
  • 15 A
  • almost always 100–127 V
  • commonly used in Europe, South America & Asia
  • 2 pins
  • not grounded
  • 2.5 A, 10 A & 16 A
  • almost always 220–240 V
  • used almost everywhere in Europe & Russia, except for the UK & Ireland
  • 2 pins
  • grounded
  • 16 A
  • 220–240 V

More about electrical plug standards around the world you can find on web: worldstandards.eu


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