Voltage Valet 100 Watt Continuous Use Converter
This step down transformer is designed for continuous use with 110-120 volt North American appliances and electronic devices while traveling in countries with 220-240 volt electricity. Includes a grounded 120 volt North American socket and 6 ft. Cord with grounded schuko type Continental European plug. Note: this transformer may require a different grounded adaptor plug when used in countries outside Continental Europe.
The grounded adaptor plugs and ground collar listed below allow the schuko-type Continental European plug to fit additional grounded foreign outlets. Grounded universal adaptor plugs model country GUC Australia/New Zealand/China, GUD Great Britain/Hong Kong, GUE South Africa/India, 15 AMP GUF India/Middle East, 5 AMP GUI Italy, GUK Denmark, GUL Israel, GUR Russia, GUS Switzerland GGC ground collar must be used with adaptors above to complete ground connection on the v100. Use with 110-120 volt North American appliances and electronic devices such as: AC/DC power adaptors, answering machines, battery chargers, cordless telephones, ink jet printers, oral hygiene devices, portable fax machines, stereo systems, - small VCR/DVD players, video games.
Note: do not use this converter with hair straighteners. Their actual wattage usage during heat up is three to four times the rated wattage and can damage this converter. Remove from outlet to cool down after 30 minutes.
- Use with 110/120 Volt Electronic Devices, motorized or heating appliances
- Use in Mainland China for North American Items
- Designed for Continuous use
- Can be used for Answering machines, battery chargers, computer peripherals, cordless phones, sewing machine
- Accepted North American grounded plugs for use while in mainland China
To see which adaptor and converter you need for your travels, look for the countries you will be visiting at this link: https://www.voltagevalet.com/pages/electricity-guide
Remember, adaptor plugs DO NOT convert electricity; they simply change the shape of the plug to fit into foreign outlets. If your device is dual voltage, you only need an adaptor. If your device is only rated to handle 120V, you will need an adaptor AND a converter. Please reference the guide below.
BASIC ADAPTOR AND CONVERTER INFO
When traveling abroad there are 2 items that you may need in order to make use of your electrical appliances.
- Plug Adapter---changes the shape of the plug to be able to fit in foreign outlets.
- Voltage converter---changes power input from the 220 volts that much of the world uses to our 110 volts. If your appliances are ‘Dual Voltage’ or ‘Worldwide Voltage’, then they will convert the voltage automatically. If not, then a converter is necessary.
Appliances must have a stamp, sticker or molding that lists the specifications for the item. Below is a listing of what you are likely to see when looking for a voltage input rating as well as the places to look on common appliances.
|Needs an Adaptor AND a Converter||Needs ONLY an Adaptor|
|Input: 110 V||Input: 100/240 V|
|Input: 110 VAC||Input: 100/240 VAC|
|Input: 120 V||Input: 110/220 V|
|Input: 125 VAC||Input: 120/240 VAC|
|If there is only a one-hundred number and no two-hundred number, then the device is NOT dual-voltage||Any one-hundred number slash two-hundred number is dual-voltage|
Most basic converters are only made to run for 30 minutes before they will overheat. If your converter is not a grounded/continuous use one, make sure you take it out of the outlet to cool down after 30 minutes of being plugged in, even if it wasn’t being used.
Do not use a converter “just to be safe.” If a device is already dual-voltage, using a converter will increase the risk of fire. ONLY use converters with devices that need it and can handle it.
Do not use converters with hair straighteners. The converter and the flat iron do not communicate well and can lead to a fire.
Most electronics, computers, cell phones, digital camera batteries, E-readers and electric razors have the listing on the charging units that plug into the wall, not the item itself. Curling irons and flat irons are marked on the device itself. If it’s dual-voltage, it will switch automatically.
Hair dryers can be auto-switching or might have a switch. If it is dual voltage, look for a small switch on the handle that says “125” and “250”. Before traveling, it will need to be flipped to the 250 setting.
CPAP Breathing Machines can be marked on the plug or on the unit itself. Be aware that if it is not dual-voltage a larger ‘grounded converter’ will be necessary due to the machine’s need to run continuously for a long period of time. Do not use a regular non-grounded converter for a device like this.
Most power strips and extension cords purchased in the U.S. are not rated for 220 volts. Find a travel one.