Many regions, including Europe, use 220 to 250-volt AC electrical outlets. In the US, standard AC outlets range from 110 to 120 volts. You may need a 220 volts converter if you frequently travel to the US from any 220-volt country or if you are using 220-volt appliances in a country that uses 110V to 120V. Here are five more reasons why you may need one:
- Use your appliances and electronics safely
Voltage converters allow you to use your appliances and devices safely without worrying about damaging them when plugged into an incompatible outlet. Using a device at a lower or higher voltage can be dangerous and result in a fire, personal injury, or damage. The 220 volts converter steps up the 110/120V electrical outlet to 220V.
- You’re buying appliances or electronics from foreign retailers
Sometimes, you will only find specific brands and models of appliances and devices overseas. You can safely plug and use them in the US with an appropriate 220V converter. You can also consider a converter if you’re plugging 110 or 120-volt appliances in an RV or yacht that uses 220 or 240 volts.
- You’re using power tools
Specialty power tools, such as welders, typically require 220 volts of operating voltage. You may use a 220 volts converter to operate them safely.
- You’re using single-voltage devices
Converters are essential for single-voltage devices in addition to a travel adapter. These devices can include hair dryers, mixers, grinders, blenders, curling irons, and hair straightening irons. Check the spec rating label of the device to ensure voltage compatibility, as some newer models may be dual voltage and can be used anywhere.
- You travel often
If you travel frequently or go on extended trips, you may want to bring some electronics. Make sure you can power them safely and efficiently with a 220 volts converter.