A lot of tourist and frequent travelers would agree when having a European power converter packed in your luggage is a necessity when traveling. For the benefit of those who are not familiar with this device here's quick tips and information that you need and why you should buy one and always carry it around in your travel suitcases.
America's standard electricity voltage makes use of 110 volts while Europe uses a bigger 220-electricity voltage. Hence, the need for a European power converter, this device works by reducing those 220 volts to a 110 voltage for gadgets that is not equipped with a dual voltage system. A dual voltage system is a feature in which it's electricity consumption and needed input can be adjusted and reduced to 110 volts or vice versa. It is quite an advantage to have a converter with you when traveling because it avoids your devices from frying and sending some much-unwanted fireworks. This happens mostly when an American power voltage gadget is plugged into a European electrical socket.
A friendly reminder though for those new to this, a power adapter is different from power converters. Power adapters is use to make any plug of an appliance or gadgets to be able to fit in the standard sockets of Europe, especially in the shape and size of their prongs. Power converters on the other hand as the name implies is the one responsible for reducing and converting the 220 volts to 110. If your devices and appliances don't have a dual voltage system feature, then buying a European converter is highly recommended.
Frequent travelers and most tourists would suggest buying a 150 watts or a 1600 watts European converter. The 150 watts is the practical one that you should buy if most of your devices would require less than or exactly 150 watts such as hair irons and dryers, digital camera's, chargers, electric shavers and other similar devices. The 1600 watts mini power converters are for tourists and travelers who plans to stay long and uses heavy duty devices that consumes more electricity like mixers and laptops. These two European power converters are light, don't take much space and can be bought with reasonable prizes.
If you don't know whether your devices can handle European electrical systems check the capacity of your devices and appliances before traveling. A gadget that has a dual voltage system usually indicates a 110-220 voltage, which means that you can use it in both American and European plugs and sockets.