||[Jun. 11th, 2005|09:55 pm]
When I was in Germany for a month in 2002 I'd planned ahead and brought a plug/voltage converter from Radio Shack. Little did I know that Radio Shack was behind the times and their European plug was useless, not being circular in-set. So while I was in Germany I hunted down an electronics parts store, I found a plug-adapter (not voltage-adapter) that went from Euro plug to American (or Euro!) plug. But on the American plug side it still had the round in-set, so I chiseled away at it with my fingernail clippers. Once I got 3/4 of it off, I was then able to plug in my Radio Shack wall-wart into the now-sticking-out-of-the-hole adapter.
End result: whenever I go to Europe, I now bring my ghetto little piece of chiseled plastic so I can plugin my laptop (which happily accepts 220v) or my crappy Radio Shack power adapter for things like my cellphone.
Wow, you're like Macguyver. Except even he knows not to shop at Radio Shack.
Radio Shack was behind the times? Imagine that.
hmm i wonder if anyone has ever traveled the world only staying with peole from livejournal...
I'm amazed. Every piece of portable equipment I have owned in the last five years has been equally happily to eat US or European voltage...
2005-06-12 10:56 am (UTC)
My laptops, cameras, yes. Not with electric razor, phone charger.
The way those voltage converters are supposed to work is that they're supposed to come with a set of plug adaters (euro/american on the famale side). One of them should have been a Euro(male)/Euro-US-combo(female) much like what you hacked together, except that it's smaller and oval-shaped, so it will fit into outlets such as the weird, diamod-shaped, swiss outlets. Did the one from Radio Shack realy not include them?!? Bastards.
What I do myself, is I'll go to Fry's and get 2 or 3 of the grounded Euro(male) to Universal(female) adapters. Since they are are designed to fit into the circular in-set outlets, they are mechanically much stable (and they will accept an 3-prong US plug without requiring a cheaters). Of course, I'll also carry a set of the cheasier, small, 2-prong outlet for emergencies or for when I'm visiting a country with wierd outlets, such as Switzerland....
2005-06-12 11:21 am (UTC)
That'll do you fine until you come to the UK and have to deal with one of these bad boys:
You know they have these really small ones that you don't have to chisel anything away from, and they're sold at Media Markt (at least in Heidelberg) for 3 euros. They have both versions, the German-US one and US-German one.
2005-06-13 02:48 am (UTC)
funny -- I have one almost EXACTLY like that ;)
HAHAHAHAHAH I had to do the same thing in Paris a month ago- except I just sat on the sidewalk drinking, and scrubbed it in a circle on the ground, sanding the "obstruction edge" off-
haha its radioshack...
make sure when you go to france you save that peice of plastic to throw at someone french.
I did the same exact thing when I was in Ukraine.
Funny tho, I did not purchase it at Radio Shack, rather i bought it for $.50 cents American from some street vendor.
it looks like a piece of dollhouse furniture.