Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Tangled Web We Weave

Our power charging station continues to grow every time we travel overseas.  Every night we now have four cameras, two iPods, two cell phones, and two laptops to recharge, but usually only one or two voltage converters and adapter plugs.  (Electrical voltage in Europe is 220, while American voltage is only 110.  Be sure you have a voltage converter before you travel or you'll fry your electronics.)  Then, of course, if my daughter or I have a need to blow dry or curl our hair, we need power, too.  Even if we had enough converters and adapters, the majority of the centuries-old buildings we stay in in Europe certainly don't have enough electrical outlets.  What to do?  There are some fancy new multi-charger gadgets on the market, but my husband's idea - which works just fine - is to bring along a standard power strip.


  1. My husband has rigged up the same thing for our trips to Europe. Although we no longer have to bring a converter since all our phones/cameras/kindles/flatirons have dual voltage. So we just need the adapter and power strip.

  2. This is what it looks like in my house when the summer storms take out the power and we have to hook the generator up. Is there a fancier way? If so, I don't know of it. But I have heard about solar powered phone chargers. Wish I could find one to fit my model.

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