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Bringing your Electronics to Europe
There are three things you may need to convert for your North American electronics to work in Europe.
We travel with a notebook computer and a digital camera. We bring plug adapters (to plug in the computer and the camera's battery charger) and phone jack adapters (to plug in the phone line from the modem when highspeed, broadband or wireless access is not available). We do not need voltage converters because both the computer power transformer and the battery charger work with both voltages (it says so on each unit - check yours to be sure).
The plug adapter is a simple and inexpensive item the lets you plug your North American plug into a European wall socket. Most of continental Europe now uses the standard two round pin plug as shown in the photo below. The United Kingdom still uses a different plug. If any of your items have a third prong (for grounding), you will need an adapter that works with it.
Plug and AC Adapter for my notebook with the Continental European Adapter plug.
Plug and AC Adapter for my notebook with the United Kingdom Adapter plug.
Phone Jack Adapter
The shapes of the phone sockets vary by country in Europe and are different from those in the US. You will need an adapter for each country you are going to if you plan to use your computer to access the Internet through a phone modem (dialup). We also travel with a few extra phone things: a long wire, in case the phone socket is a long way from the table; a splitter, so you can plug the computer and the phone into the phone socket at the same time (to save you having to always unplug one and plug in the other); an extender and a second phone wire (just in case).
Note: Many countries are now switching over to the North American format for phone plugs. Bring a North American phone wire too.
North American phone plug and the adapter to work with Italian phone plugs.
North American phone plug and England phone plugs. This photo shows one phone cord with England plug on one end and North American plug on the other end, so this can be used to plug your computer modem into the UK phone socket.
Where to Buy Phone Jack Adapters
www.kropla.com: Steve Kropla's Help for World Travelers, comprehensive listings of worldwide electrical and telephone information.
www.voltagevalet.com: Voltage Valet, detailed information about electronics in other countries.
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