Adapters & Converters
Your electronics also have to adapt to a new life abroad
Don't forget adapters and converters before leaving the US. Here at WSA, we go by the philosophy of, "if it needs a plug, it needs an adapter." Check your appliances to see if they need a converter before you hit Europe.
As students prepare for their semester abroad, I often hear them frantically asking if they need a converter, adapter and even transformer. Transformers don't exist in this sense of the word! Read on for a simple breakdown between adapters and converters, and relax.
Converters 'convert' the electrical current so it doesn't blow out your electronics.
Take a close look at whatever you're trying to plug in (computer charger, hair dryer, phone charger etc.). If you see 110-220V, you're golden, you don't need an electrical converter. If you only see 110V, you'll need a converter to downgrade the electric current to something your appliance can handle.
Here's a short list of things for which converters are NOT necessary:
- MacBook Pro
- Sonicare toothbrush
- Most cell phones
- Basic point and shoot cameras (and SLRs)
Adapters 'adapt' your American plugs to physically fit into European outlets.
There are two different types of adapters for Europe, which depend on location: Continental Europe and the UK (England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales). The continental adapter has two round prongs, and the British has 3 rectangular prongs. They do nothing more than allow your American plug to fit into a European outlet.
This past weekend, I traveled to Budapest with WSA with a couple of friends from my university abroad, and I couldn't have asked for a better trip! After arriving at the hostel, we met Bogi, our tour guide for the weekend, who was instantly friendly and welcoming. Throughout the weekend, Bogi was an amazing guide! She showed us some great places for shopping and food, as well as the top sights around the city. You could tell she loved her job and never passed up an opportunity to share about her hometown and some of its history. She was so friendly and was sincerely interested in us as individuals and did everything she could do accommodate our priorities for the weekend (whether it was food, shopping, nightlife, sightseeing, etc.) I would highly recommend WSA's guided tours for any student studying abroad who wants to explore more than their university's city!Katrina Alford, Concordia University - Irvine ~ AIFS Richmond, Spring 2015
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