In Europe and many other countries, AC wall outlets are 220 to 240 volts. In the US, the standard AC outlets are 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.
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 wording “INPUT.” If the voltage range is a single set of numbers, like 110V, the device can only handle outlets with that specific voltage.
When the voltage reading is listed as a range of numbers, like 110V–220V or 100-240V, the device can handle AC voltage outlets from all over the world. This is considered a “dual voltage” or "world-wide voltage" device.
When you’re traveling with dual voltage devices, all you’ll need to pack is your Ceptics travel adapter. There’s no need to worry about voltage converters or transformers!
Single voltage devices, however, 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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