Plugging Stuff In...
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Jan 4, 2012 7:31 AM Last Post By: sdub
Dec 29, 2011 8:36 PM
Plugging Stuff In...I'm taking a trip to southern Africa (Namibia, Botswana and South Africa) in a couple of months and am trying to get every reassurance about plugging in devices. I've had such terrible luck with adapters and travel in the past (I blew up a portable DVD player in France and made my laptop smoke in China!). I always think I have the right thing after reading all about it. Anyway, this is my first trip to Africa and my first in the handheld devices all the time age. I can't imagine not taking my Kindle, at the very least and probably the iPad and the iPods too. Will an adapter be enough?
Dec 30, 2011 2:16 AM
1You don't say what country you're from but I think in the case of Kindles and ipads/ipods any possible voltage change doesn't matter. They are designed to accept a wide range of voltages. Just check on the device (or cable/transformer) that it accepts up to 220v (most chargers and devices used by travellers accept a range from about 75v to 240v) or thereabouts and you should be fine.
The European plug (small, round 2 pins) fits into one of the 2 types of South African sockets and can also be forced into the UK sockets used in Botswana.
Dec 31, 2011 12:23 AM
2And I normally travel with one adaptor and a "power board" - a multi plug board from my home country... that way I can charge up to 4 things at once.. very handy when you are travelling to places where you may have limited/no power supply for a period of time.. you can get all things charged up and ready to go all at the one time...
Jan 2, 2012 2:25 PM
3Puffing smoke has nothing got to do with plugs, its voltage! organist's reply says it all. Namibia, South Africa and Botswana uses the "15 Amp Plug White Round Pin" however, some remote places in Botswana uses the same 15 Amp plug but with flat pins simialar used in the UK. But it is rare! rastus0706 has good advice, I do the same however, I will cut off the "home plug" solder the wire tips and add the two plugs with a small screwdriver in a bag for the trip!
Jan 4, 2012 7:31 AM
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