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Converting electronics for use in Ireland

Waterford, New York
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Converting electronics for use in Ireland

Has anyone ever tried plugging in a US power strip into a voltage converter to power up your phones, ipods, ipads etc... Someone in radio shack said this will work? thanks

Westport, Ireland
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1. Re: Converting electronics for use in Ireland

I have never tried a power strip before...I usually just use a voltage converter only and charge one thing at a time.

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2. Re: Converting electronics for use in Ireland

If you use the appropriate voltage converter I don't see why it wouldn't work. If you use a plug adapter that could be a problem but I am not sure. Converters and adapters look the same. Unless you get a reputable converter I have heard they are prone to problems. I have never had a problem with an adapter on dual voltage devices charging one device at a time. I have never used a converter.

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3. Re: Converting electronics for use in Ireland

Chargers for phones, laptops, ipads etc are usually dual voltage. If this is the case there is no issue using them in Ireland.

Dual Voltage Device will have the following marking:

INPUT 100 - 240V 50-60Hz

Edited: 02 August 2011, 14:34
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4. Re: Converting electronics for use in Ireland

You will be able to tell your adapter from your convertor as the convertor will weigh a couple of pounds whereas the adapter is just a little light piece of plastic. As already stated most electrical items such as phones, camera chargers and laptops are all dual voltage.(just checked all mine and they are - iPhone, Sony and Toshiba) I would weight up the cost of buying a converter and just buying a dual voltage hairdryer/iron or what ever it is you need. It'll probably be cheaper to just buy a new item. I got a dual voltage hair straightener in Walmart a number of years ago for $20.00, it's still going strong, likewise my dual voltage hairdryer was only €25.00 in Boots and as it's a fold up one it comes everywhere with me (well on every holiday!)

Remember if you pack your converter in your luggage, it could put you over the airlines limit and then you will have to pay again! And boy are they heavy!

Incidentally, I recently stayed in Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Club and they had a converter in every room, it got me thinking, perhaps this is something that every hotel would have at least one of at reception, maybe contact your hotel and see.

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