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Electric plug adaptors

Written by Gail Bjork

You may need a power converter or plug adapter to use an electrical appliance, such as a digital camera battery charger, in another country.

Plug adapterIf you’re going on an extended trip abroad, make certain you can use your digital camera battery charger while away. Electric voltage standards vary from one country to another.

Though countries with different voltages and frequencies may use similar plugs, verify if you need a power converter not just a plug adapter. Plug adapters simply change the shape of the prongs to match an outlet. They do not convert electricity.

Don’t “fry” your battery charger

If your charger is 110-240 50/60 cycle then a plug adapter is all you need. This information can be found on the back of the charger.

charger cycleIt can’t be emphasized enough that it is important to obtain correct information about which adapter or converter to use. If you use the wrong one, you may “fry” your battery charger. Check your digital camera or battery charger manual for detailed instructions. If you’re still uncertain, contact the camera or battery charger manufacturer.

You can buy adapters for a specific country, though it usually doesn’t cost much more to buy an entire set with adapters for all countries. These items can be purchased online, at luggage and travel stores, some airports and in electronic stores such as Radio Shack.

For more information, check the World Electric Power Guide.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.