The Best Universal Travel Adapter Under $5

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If you travel internationally with electronics, you need to be aware of any voltage differences and the type of plugs used at your international destination.  The US uses the 100 volt standard, while most of Europe uses the 240 volt standard.  In the US, most modern electronics are capable of supporting 100 volts through 240 volts.  My laptop, iPhone, and iPad are all compatible in Europe.  Look at the small print on your battery chargers or power adapters to see what the voltage requirements are (see photo below).  If they look like this photo, all you need is an adapter to plug into European outlets. 100-240-volts But first, a warning…

If your electronics say 100 volts only, then stop reading this post and get a step up/down voltage converter.  I don’t have a voltage converter to recommend, but I think I got mine at Radio Shack a few years ago.  Don’t get a cheap voltage converter, since a cheap one might kill your electronics.

Now back to the best travel adapter under $5…

The name is a mouthful, but it is so simple to use and it works amazing well.  If you want to purchase or learn more about the product, click here. Universal-Travel-Charger-Adapter-Plug Here is a (sloppy) YouTube video I made about this wonderful adapter:

Front View (compatible with multiple power plugs and inputs):

Travel Adapter Front

Back View (all plugs enabled):

Travel Adapter Plugs Out

United States / Australia / Japan / Thailand (prongs rotate to fit international outlets):

Travel Adapter US

Europe (should work in most countries in the European Union):

Travel Adapter Europe

UK / Great Britain:

Travel Adapter UK

I purchased 2 of these adapters on Amazon years ago, and both have worked great.  I’ve never had any problems with either one.  They are very small, lightweight, and portable.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

11 thoughts on “The Best Universal Travel Adapter Under $5

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  2. Simon

    I picked up one of these before a recent trip to Europe; I already a couple of other models + a hodgepodge of bits & pieces. I was very happy with it. Great price too, as you mentioned!

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  3. Ed Chandler

    The only problem with adapters like that is that some European wall sockets are recessed too far to make contact. (It happened to me several times in Spain.) Honestly, all of the single-use adapters together (the ones you have crossed out in the image above) take up about as much space and weigh about as much as the universal adapter — and you can leave most of them at home once you know where you’re going.

    So, if you don’t want to have to think about which ones you need, or don’t know, or if you’re going to visit countries with several different sockets, then yeah, … the universal is a good choice. Otherwise, I really prefer the lightweight simplicity of the single-use adapters.

    (Just my $.02)

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