Do I need a voltage converter?

Why would you need a voltage converter?

In Europe and many other countries, AC wall outlets output 220 to 240 volts. In the US, the standard AC outlets output 110 to 120 volts. If you’re a frequent traveler, you need to understand how the different voltage increments can affect your devices. However, most travel electronics are rated for dual voltage use and wouldn't require a converter.

Checking the AC Voltage on Your Device

You can check a device’s AC input voltage range by looking at the spec label. The input voltage reading is a set of numbers followed by a “V” and the word “INPUT.” If the voltage range is a single number like 110V or a range of numers like 110-120V, the device can only handle outlets with that specific voltage.

Single Voltage Label

When the voltage reading is listed as a range of numbers, like 110V–220V or 100-240V, the device can handle AC voltage from all over the world. This is considered a “dual voltage” or "world-wide voltage" device.

Dual Voltage Label

Dual Voltage Devices - No converter required!

When you’re traveling with dual voltage devices, all you need to pack is your Ceptics travel adapter. There’s no need to worry about voltage converters or transformers!

Common Dual Voltage Devices
Chargers for products such as:
Cell Phones
Most Battery Chargers

Single Voltage Devices - converter required!

Single voltage devices require both a travel adapter AND a voltage converter or transformer. To find out how to select the correct voltage converter or transformer, read our Voltage Converter Guide.

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Common single Voltage Devices
Appliances such as:
Other travel electronics:
*Curling Irons
*Hair Dryers
*Many of these devices are only single voltage and require a voltage converter to use in countries abroad. Often times, these devices are also available in dual voltage and marked as world-wide voltage or travel compatible. Refer to the spec rating label of your device to confirm the voltage range.

For more information, check out our video on the difference between single and dual voltage devices!

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