Is it important to have a 220 to 110 voltage converter if you travel internationally on a regular basis? Will you really damage your electronics when you plug them into a wall outlet with a different voltage? The answer to both questions is yes. So if you regularly visit a lot of different countries for work or are planning to spend a holiday in another continent, it’s a good idea to bring along the right voltage converter. It is important to know the electrical requirements of the place that you are going to visit.
When shopping for a voltage converter, you may encounter the terms ‘step-up’ and ‘step-down.’ Step-up voltage converters increase the power voltage of a gadget or appliance from 110 volts to 220 volts. Step-down voltage converters bring down the power of 240, 230, or 220-volt electronic gadgets to 110 volts. The wrong choice of converter can ruin your electronic product. So when buying the right voltage converter, you need to:
1. Check first whether your gadget has dual voltage
For dual voltage electronic products, you don’t need to use a converter anymore. Most digital cameras and laptops are dual voltage, but you may need to buy the right adapter to make them fit different types of wall sockets.
2. Determine the watt rating of your device
If you really need a 220 to 110 voltage converter, look for your electronic product’s watt rating. You may also calculate it using this formula:
voltage x amps = watt rating
For example, your gadget is 110 volts and 2 amps. When you multiply the numbers, you will get 220 watts. Consider the wattage rating of your electronic device when choosing your converter.
3. Look for the right adapter from the world plug adapter chart
Do your research about the electrical requirements of the country that you are going to visit. Check the type of adapter that you will need to make sure that your device’s plug will fit into the wall outlet of the place where you are going to stay.