Need Help with What kind of Power Adapter/Converter to get for London
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Nov 30, 2012 3:39 AM Last Post By: neverwinter
Nov 29, 2012 10:11 AM
Need Help with What kind of Power Adapter/Converter to get for LondonI'll be traveling to London in a month and am looking to buy a converter/adapter soon, probably online from Amazon.
Thing is, I don't know if I should get just an adapter, just a converter, or both. Also, the reviews are throwing me off
The things I'll need to power are:
-DSLR Canon Camera
I know that the last two items, flat iron and hair dryer, seem unnecessary, but I'm an African American female and a simply must have these two items in order to stay coiffed and groomed looking.
Could one of you guys/ladies recommend a brand, or give me a suggesting on which of the two to buy?
Nov 29, 2012 11:42 AM
1Depending on how long you're staying in London, it might be better to buy an iron (cheapest approx £25 from a supermarket) and hair dryer (cheapest about £10 from a supermarket) in UK, rather than carry relatively heavy and bulky items. You could probably resell just before you leave or donate to a charity shop.
UK electricity supply is 230v. Plugs have 3 oblong cross sectional pins - live, neutral & earth.
So, you need to convert between 230v supply and 110v appliances, not just an adaptor for different plug / pin shapes. You will not find electric sockets in bathrooms in UK - a safety feature to keep electricity and water apart. However, many bathrooms do have 2 round pin electric shaver sockets.
BS1363 (BS = British Standard in this context) is the definition document for three pin electric plugs & supply, also used in Republic of Ireland, by the way, in case you go there. Other European countries use 230v electricity, but a variety of plug / pin shapes.
Nov 29, 2012 3:16 PM
2Your camera, Ipad, Iphone & Macbook should be dual voltage (should say 110v-240v) on the transformer that you plug in the wall. As said in the post above, forget about bringing a hair straightener (not "flat iron" in the UK) and a hair dryer, you would need a very heavy voltage convertor for those (as the they have high wattage heating elements in them), buy those appliances over here, you just need an adapter for your transformer plug pins so you can plug them into our wall sockets.
Nov 30, 2012 3:20 AM
Nov 30, 2012 3:25 AM
4In the UK you can buy travel hairdryers which have a switch on them to use 110 or 240 Volts and I'm sure you can also buy dual voltage straighteners.
Surely you must be able to buy something similar in the US? If not, you could buy dual voltage appliances when you get here then at least you can use them when you go back.
Nov 30, 2012 3:35 AM
5"UK electricity supply is 230v"
Not strictly true.
"For many years the supply voltage for single-phase supplies in the UK has been 240V +/- 6%, giving a possible spread of voltage from 226V to 254 V. For three-phase supplies the voltage was 415 V +/- 6%, the spread being from 390 V to 440V. Most continental voltage levels have been 220/380V.
In 1988 an agreement was reached that voltage levels across Europe should be unified at 230V single phase and 400V three-phase with effect from January 1st, 1995. In both cases the tolerance levels have become -6% to +10%, giving a single-phase voltage spread of 216 V to 253 V, with three-phase values between 376V and 440 V. It is proposed that on January 1st, 2003 the tolerance levels will be widened to +/- 10%.
Since the present supply voltages in the UK lie within the acceptable spread of values, Supply Companies are not intending to reduce their voltages in the near future. This is hardly surprising, because such action would immediately reduce the energy used by consumers (and the income of the Companies) by more than 8%.
In view of the fact that there will be no change to the actual voltage applied to installations, it has been decided not to make changes to the calculations in this book. All are based on the 240/415V supply voltages which have applied for many years and will continue so to do"
So the uk voltage is 240 v as I thought.
Nov 30, 2012 3:39 AM
6OP, you do realise that it can be quite damp in London? Hair straightening is really a waste of time unless you are going to spend all your time indoors. Your accommodation might provide a hair dryer, ask. If not get a cheapie from a supermarket, and yes, the charity shops will take them.
your electronics should all be dual voltage - check the labels/instructions. If so, all you need is an adapter.
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