You might be wondering, "What is a travel voltage converter, and why do I need one?" Since some countries like the USA and Canada run on 110 volts of electricity while others run on 220 volts, a voltage converter
changes the voltage so your device runs properly and doesn't overheat from too much electricity.
Travel power converters typically have two settings: hi and lo
. Hi settings are for things using lots of electricity, like hair dryers. For simple items like electric shavers, a lo setting is more appropriate. Luckily, there are even converters that change the hi-lo setting for you!
Also, some devices don't require converters.
If your appliance is dual-voltage, which runs on 110v and 220v, a converter isn't necessary. Check your device's instructions to see what voltage your device can handle.
Still mystified? To see if you need a converter for your destination, see our Global Electricity Guide
. For more information on electronic accessories such as converters, transformers, and plug adapters, visit our guide to travel electronics