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Electric Travel Adapters: Best Ones to Buy in 2018

We’re so attached to our electronic devices – tablets, phones, laptops – and for good reason. Everything we do today seems to involve them in one way or another. Whether it’s work or leisure time, most of us spend a minimum of a few hours messing with our phones or computers every day. For those who travel internationally, this can get to be a bit tricky.
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Electricity Travel Adapters

In our home country, we don’t have to worry about compatibility between outlets, chargers, and power adapters. But flying overseas means you may encounter difficult situations when trying to charge your phone or plug in your laptop. This is why it’s a necessity to prepare for international travel by purchasing an electric travel adapter. The market is so flooded with them that it can be difficult to pick the right one. From our research, here are the top 10 electric travel adapters you can buy:


Monoprice Compact Cube Universal Travel Adapter

The Monoprice Compact Cube adapter is a great option for anyone who needs a barebones, simple electricity travel adapter on a budget. The cube is built stiletto-style with power plugs that are compatible with US, UK, EU, China, and Australian outlets. The best part? You can fit the thing in your pocket. It makes it a great solution for day-travelling through a foreign city.

The device can handle 8 amps, 830 watts of power at 110VAC, or 1750 watts of power at 230VAC.

Supported Socket Styles: NEMA 1-15 (US), CEE 7/16 Europlug (EU), BS 1363 (UK), AS/NZS 3112 (Australia, New Zealand, China)

Syncwire USB Charger Plug

This charger, aptly named the “USB Charger Plug” is created specifically with the smartphone and tablet in mind. It’s a great solution for people traveling with a group of friends or family, since it comes with 4 USB ports. The charger has inputs of 100 volts and 240 volts that automatically switch, making it a budget-friendly option (since you don’t have to purchase an additional converter.)

Supported Socket Styles: US, UK, EU

Liansing Travel Adapter

The Liansing Travel Adapter is a must-have for travel enthusiasts. This adapter’s wall plug and ports are both suited to work in over 150 countries, making it significantly different that a classic “U.S. port to foreign-wall plug” adapter. The Liansing Travel Adapter is also a budget-friendly option, running at approximately $10-$15 depending on where you purchase it.

Supported Socket Styles: US, UK, EU, AUS/NZ

OREI 7 Travel Adapter

The OREI 7 Travel Adapter is a bit larger than the rest of the adapters on this list, but it’s a good choice for those who travel frequently. This adapter is larger than most, but comes with a set of 7 different components, making it one of the most versatile electric travel adapters out there. They all come in a neatly labeled and packaged zip-up case, making it easy to keep the various plugs organized. The OREI runs a bit steeper (but not unreasonable) in price at around $25.

Support Socket Styles: US, UK, EU, AUS/NZ, Type D (India & Africa), Type EF (Germany, Greece, Romania, Poland, & France), Type M (South Africa)


Amir Travel Power Strip with USB

As implied by the name, this travel adapter is a power strip with multiple outlets for larger groups of people. It supports classic sockets such as the U.S., UK, and EU that come as separate components rather than being built into the device. The device is built with heat-protection, keeping it from short-circuiting and causing any fires; an unfortunately common issue with smaller travel adapter manufacturers.

Supported Socket Styles: US, UK, & EU

Travel Smart All-In-One Adapter

The Travel Smart All-In-One Adapter is one of the best options for international power solutions. Although it’s just a bit too large for a pocket, the adapter is still portable enough to slip into a small space in a backpack or carry-on bag. It also supports multiple-device charging, making it great one-stop solution for small groups. A total of 4 appliances can be plugged in at the same time.

Supported Socket Styles: US, UK, EU, & AUS/NZ

Epicka Universal USB Travel Power Adapter

It’s hard to beat the Epicka Universal USB travel adapter. The adapter has multiple ports, allowing for up to 4 USB devices and 1 wall plug appliance to all be used at the same time. It is also one of the most versatile electricity travel adapters on this list, with socket support for over 160 countries. The device is only 2.8 inches tall, making it a rather portable device.

Support Socket Styles: US, UK, EU, & UAS/NZ

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