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By Katie Mitchell, 20 Dec 2017

Holidays let you get away from it all, but that doesn’t always mean tech-free. Whether you’re on a short break or a long trip, keeping in touch with loved ones and capturing memories means packing your phone, tablet, digital camera or laptop.

Flat batteries, various outlets and confusing differences in voltage and converters can leave you uncharged and out of the loop. Plan ahead so that you can keep your electronics charged and search for the best gelato in Rome or snap photos of a sunset in Bali

Deciphering voltage, frequency and socket type while overseas can be utterly confusing. That’s why we’ve put together our top tips on how to successfully super-charge your holiday.

Travel Adaptors

Don’t waste your money by assuming you need an expensive voltage converter to charge your devices while overseas. These days, many devices including laptops, tablets, mobile phones and rechargeable camera batteries can accept multiple voltages. This means they’ll work with 110 volts (USA and Canada) and 220 volts (Europe and the majority of the rest of the world) in addition to the 240 volts found in Australia. Chances are, they’ll work with electric frequencies between 50 Hertz and 60 Hertz as well.

It’s worth checking before you go, not only to save your money but also your device, as some electronics can be damaged by using the wrong voltage or voltage converter. Just take a look at the small print on the bottom of your device or charger. A multi-voltage device will say something along the lines of ‘Input 100-240V, 50-60Hz’. If your device is multi-voltage, all you need to charge it overseas is a plug adapter.

Our World Travel Pack is ideal for international jetsetters, combining three different plug sizes with 2 x 2.4A USB sockets for faster charging. If you’re a blogger, photographer, or traveling as a family with multiple devices on the go, our 4 Port USB Travelling Charging Station offers a smart solution. The portable charger has 2 x 1A sockets perfect for mobile phones and 2 x 2.4A sockets ideal for tablets. Keep on top of all your charging needs while globetrotting.

Voltage Converts Vs Transformers

In most instances, your portable electronics should easily be taken care of with a plug adapter. However, there are still some instances where you’ll need a voltage converter or transformer to convert a foreign voltage to the native voltage of your device. A voltage converter can change the voltage and the frequency where a transformer can only modify the voltage. It will depend on your device as to which one you will need.

Devices that aren’t designed to be portable generally only support the voltage of the country they’re sold in – think TVs, kitchen appliances and hair dryers. You can’t just pick up a gaming console in Europe and expect to use it back in Oz. The good news is, there’s a workaround. By planning ahead with a voltage converter or transformer, you can ensure your devices will work wherever.

Protect Your Devices

Photos, music, itineraries, important documents and contacts – when you travel, your mobile devices quickly fill up. Don’t risk your data by using a cheap or dodgy adaptor. Poorly constructed chargers run the risk of damaging your devices and can also be a risk to your safety. Don’t wait to get your plug adapters until you get to where you’re going – instead, invest in good quality products before you leave home. Remember to look for the product certification to make sure you’re buying a reputable brand from a reputable outlet.


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