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World Travel Electrical Issues

Quick Analysis:

  • If your appliances are all multi voltage or dual voltage then you probably will just need plug adapters. We show the recommended plug adapters for all countries in the world in our World Electric Guide. Many U.S. electrical appliances are what they call "multi-voltage" or "dual-voltage".

  • Multi voltage means that the appliance will say somewhere on its body or on a charger “input 100-240 volts, 50/60 Hz...” or something very similar to that (it varies from manufacturer to manufacturer).

  • Dual voltage means that the appliance will say somewhere on its body or on a charger “input 125/250 volts, 50/60 Hz...” or something very similar to that (it varies from manufacturer to manufacturer). Some dual voltage appliances have small switches on them for switching from one voltage to another but many are self-sensing and the switching is automatic.

  • Some U.S. appliances that appear to be dual or multi voltage (from the input info provided) may not actually be rated for use outside of the U.S.. If you are not positive about the suitability of an appliance for use outside of the U.S. please be sure to contact the manufacture and have them verify its suitability

  • More in-depth info at World Travel Guide #2

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Click on the world travel category below that best describes your situation, concerns or applications for more information:

WORLD TRAVEL GUIDE #1 - Help! What do I really need?

A quickie, "down 'n dirty", analysis of your situation

WORLD TRAVEL GUIDE #2 - In-depth analysis of your needs

An elaboration on the more abridged world travel guide #1 but still easy to comprehend

WORLD TRAVEL GUIDE #3 - Quick overview of International Electricity Issues

This world travel guide is important and contains some very helpful world travel information but it may be more information than you need or want. It includes the issues of surge, frequency, and outlet configurations that may affect you as you travel the world.

WORLD TRAVEL GUIDE #4 - To and from certain countries with electrical standards similar to the U.S.

Many countries, especially in Central America and Caribbean, have electrical standards very similar to the U.S. and Canada. The following countries have some special requirements: Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guam, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Micronesia, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Palau, Puerto Rico, Saba and Saba (St. Eustatius), Taiwan, Trinidad, Tobago, Turks/Caicos Islands, United States of America, Venezuela, and Virgin Islands

WORLD TRAVEL GUIDE #5 - Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

You are not alone in your confusion about International Electricity and what it means to you when you travel. This world travel guide contains some very common questions that should prove helpful in determining what you actually may or may not need.

WORLD TRAVEL GUIDE #6 - Relocating to 220/230/240 volt countries with US/Canada 110/120 volt household appliances

World travel guide you will want to review if moving US/Canada 110/120 volt appliances to a 220/230/240 volt country. This world travel guide covers those issues necessary for you to decide which appliances make sense to be relocated with you.