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Electronics and Travel

A Note of Caution: Lewis N. Clark converters and transformers are designed to operate with small personal appliances for short periods of time. They should never be used continuously, and never used with medical or industrial equipment.

-mg-0236.jpgNorth American electrical appliances are designed to operate using 110 – 125 volts AC (Alternating Current), while appliances in most other countries operate using 220 – 250 volts AC. Additionally, the shape of electrical outlets differs throughout the world. If you are traveling with an electrical appliance, it is likely you will need an adapter, converter, or transformer, depending on the appliances you take. This page has been prepared as a general guide to help explain electrical requirements around the world.

Note to Canadian consumers: Product offerings may be slightly different in your market. Please check with your local retailer for details.

Cycles (50Hz or 60Hz)

Electric current alternates direction (AC) at 60Hz (cycles per second) in North America, but at a slower 50Hz in many other parts of the world. There are even some areas with a direct current (DC), which does not alternate at all. However, converters and transformers are designed to operate in AC areas ONLY.

The difference in cycles may cause your North American appliance to operate slightly slower when used at 50Hz. This cycle difference can also cause analog clocks and timing devices to keep incorrect time. Most modern electronic equipment such as battery chargers, computers and CD players will not be affected by the difference in cycles. However, because converters and transformers will not adjust cycles, it is very important to check each product's specifications and requirements before using them, or to contact the manufacturer if in doubt.

Voltage and Wattage

You must also determine the voltage and wattage ratings of your appliances in order to select the appropriate converter, transformer and/or adapter plug required. This information is usually listed on the appliance manufacturer's label located on the back or bottom of the appliance, or in the product specifications section of the instruction manual. The label or manual will show the following items: voltage, wattage, or amperage. If only the amperage rating is shown, simply multiply the voltage by the amperage to find the appliance's wattage rating. Volts x Amps = Watts (i.e. 120V x .5A = 60W)

NOTE: If your appliance is dual-voltage (120/240V), it will NOT require a converter or transformer for use overseas, although you may need an adapter plug.

Electric vs. Electronic

It is critical to know if the appliances you intend to use are electric or electronic. This will determine if you need a converter, transformer, or in some instances, both. Electric appliances operate with simple heating elements or motors (hot pots, travel irons, hair dryers, heating pads, etc.). These appliances may be used with either a converter or a transformer of the appropriate wattage range for short periods of time, less than 1 hour.

Electronic appliances operate with electronic motors, circuits or chips (computers, clocks, radios, battery chargers, appliances equipped with timers or automatic shut-off devices). These appliances should be used ONLY with a transformer of the appropriate wattage range for short periods of time of less than three hours.

NOTE: Computers are typically dual-voltage and do not usually require a transformer, but always check the manufacturer's specifications first.

European Shaver Sockets

IMPORTANT: The 220-240VAC electrical outlets found in the bathrooms of many foreign countries are designed for use ONLY with low wattage appliances rated 5–10 watts maximum, such as electric shavers, contact lens disinfectors, etc. Using a hair dryer or other high wattage appliance on this outlet can blow the circuit breaker and may damage both the converter and appliance.

 

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Adapter Plugs

Adapter plugs do not convert electricity. They simply allow an appliance plug to fit into an outlet with a different plug configuration. Adapter plugs may be used with converters, transformers or dual-voltage appliances. Please refer to the Voltage Chart below for a detailed list of the most commonly used adapter types throughout the world.

Lewis N. Clark offers three types of adapter plugs:

Standard
 (E105E106E107E108EK58): These adapters are the most commonly used configurations throughout the world, and can accept 2-pin round or flat blades.

Universal
 (EK129VF6VR8): These adapters feature a universal receptacle that accepts any appliance's plug configuration. Also available as an all-in-one design (EK129) with four plug configurations for worldwide use.

Grounded
 (VG3VG10VG12): These adapters are country specific, feature a universal receptacle, and are also grounded for use with grounded appliances.

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COUNTRY ADAPTER VOLTAGE HZ

Albania

B

220

50

Algeria

B

127/220

50

American Samoa

A,B,C

120/220

60

Angola

B

220

50

Anguilla

D

240

50

Antigua/Barbuda

A,D

30

60

Argentina

B,C

220

50

Armenia

B

220

50

Aruba

A,B,C

115

60

Australia

C

240

50

Austria

B

230

50

Azerbaijan

B

220

50

Azores

B

220

50

Bahamas

A

120

60

Bahrain

D

220

50

Bali

B

220

50

Bangladesh

B

220

50

Barbados

A

115

50

Belarus

B

220

50

Belgium

B

230

50

Belize

A

110

60

Bermuda

A

120

60

Bhutan

B,D

220

50

Bolivia

A,B

110/220

50

Bosnia-Herzegovina

B

220

50

Botswana

D

220

50

Brazil

A,B

10/220

60

Bulgaria

B

220

50

Burkina

B

220

50

Burma(Myanmar)

D

230

50

Burundi

B

220

50

Cambodia

A,B

120/220

50

Cameroon

B

220

50

Canada

A

120

60

Canary Islands

B

220

50

Cape Verde Islands

B

220

50

Cayman Islands

A

120

60

Central African Republic

B

220

50

Chad

B

220

50

Chile

B

220

50

China

B,C

220

50

Colombia

A

110

60

Comoros

B

220

50

Congo

B

220

50

Costa Rica

A

120

60

Croatia

B

220

50

Cuba

A

120

60

Curacao

A,B

110/220

60

Cyprus

B,D

240

50

Czech Republic

B

220

50

Denmark

B

30

50

Djibouti

B

220

50

Dominica

B,D

230

50

Dominican Republic

A

110

60

Ecuador

A

120

60

Egypt

B

220

50

El Salvador

A

115

60

England

D

240

50

Eritrea

B

220

50

Estonia

B

220

50

Ethiopia

B

220

50

Fiji

C

240

50

Finland

B

230

50

France

B

230

50

Gabon

B

220

50

Gambia

D

220

50

Georgia

B

220

50

Germany

B

230

50

Ghana

B,D

220

50

Greece

B

230

50

Greenland

B

220

50

Grenada

B,D

230

50

Grenadines

B,D

230

50

Guadeloupe

B

220

50

Guam

A

120

60

Guatemala

A

120

60

Guinea

B

220

50

Guyana

A

110

60

Haiti

A

110

60

Honduras

A

110

60

Hong Kong

D

220

50

Hungary

B

220

50

Iceland

B

220

50

India

B

220

50

Indonesia

B

220

50

Iran

B

220

50

Iraq

B,D

220

50

Ireland

D

220

50

Israel

B

230

50

Italy

B

230

50

Ivory Coast

B

220

50

Jamaica

A

110

50

Japan

A

100

50/60

Jordan

B,D

220

50

Kazakhstan

B

220

50

COUNTRY ADAPTER VOLTAGE HZ

Kenya

B,D

240

50

Kirghizia

B

220

50

Korea

A,B

110/220

50/60

Kuwait

B,D

240

50

Laos

A,B

220

50

Latvia

B

220

50

Lebanon

B

220

50

Lesotho

B

240

50

Liberia

A,D

120

60

Libya

B

230

50

Lithuania

B

220

50

Luxembourg

B

230

50

Macao

B

220

50

Macedonia

B

220

50

Madagascar

B

220

50

Malawi

D

230

50

Malaysia

D

240

50

Mali

B

220

50

Malta

D

240

50

Martinique

B

220

50

Mauritania

B

220

50

Mauritius

B, D

230

50

Mexico

A

120

60

Moldova

B

220

50

Monaco

B

220

50

Mongolia

B

220

50

Morocco

B

220

50

Mozambique

B

220

50

Myanmar (Burma)

D

230

50

Nepal

B

220

50

Netherlands

B

230

50

New Zealand

C

230

50

Nicaragua

A

120

60

Niger

B

220

50

Nigeria

D

230

50

Norway

B

230

50

Oman

D

240

50

Pakistan

B

230

50

Panama

A

120

60

Papua New Guinea

C

240

50

Paraguay

B

220

50

Peru

A, B

110/220

50/60

Philippines

A, B

110/220

60

Poland

B

220

50

Portugal

B

230

50

Puerto Rico

A

120

60

Qatar

D

240

50

Romania

B

220

50

Russian Federation

B

220

50

Rwanda

B

220

50

St. Kitts-Nevis

D

230

60

St. Lucia

D

240

50

St. Vincent

D

230

50

Saudi Arabia

A, B, D

127/220

50/60

Scotland

D

220

50

Senegal

B

220

50

Seychelles

D

240

50

Sierra Leone

D

230

50

Singapore

B, D

230

50

Slovakia

B

220

50

Slovenia

B

220

50

Solomon Islands

C, D

220

50

Somalia

B

220

50

Spain

B

230

50

Sudan

B, D

240

50

Surinam

A, B

110/220

50/60

Sweden

B

230

50

Switzerland

B

230

50

Syria

B

220

50

Tahiti

A, B

127/220

50/60

Taiwan

A

110

60

Tajikistan

B

220

50

Tanzania

D

230

50

Thailand

A, B

220

50

Tonga

A, C

110/220

50/60

Trinidad & Tobago

A, D

115/230

60

Tunisia

B

220

50

Turkey

B

220

50

Turkmenistan

B

220

50

Uganda

D

240

50

Ukraine

B

220

50

United Arab Emirates

D

220

50

United States

A

120

60

Uruguay

B

220

50

Uzbekistan

B

220

50

Venezuela

A

120

60

Vietnam

A, B

120/220

50

Virgin Islands

A

120

60

Wales

D

220

50

Western Samoa

C

230

50

Yemen

B, D

220

50

Yugoslavia

B

220

50

Zaire

B

220

50

Zambia

B, D

220

50

Zimbabwe

D

220

50

Converters

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Converters are for use with single volt Electric appliances ONLY, and should NEVER be used with Electronic or Dual-Voltage appliances. Converters should be used for short periods of time of less than one hour.

Lewis N. Clark offers Dual Wattage converters for use in countries operating on 220V: 

Dual Wattage (E111): Operates as a transformer on the low setting for use with 110V electric or electronic appliances rated 0–50 watts. Operates as a converter on the high setting for use with 110V electric appliances ONLY rated 50–2000 watts. Also sold as a kit (EK121) including four international adapter plugs. 

CONVERTER/ TRANSFORMER TABLE

This table is a general guide to appliances commonly used during travel. It is only a guide.

It is possible that your appliances and other items listed below have different wattage specifications. Always check the wattage of your appliance to ensure it is within the wattage range of the converter or transformer you are using. Electronic appliances should be used with a transformer ONLY.

NOTE: Because of the difference between North American and foreign TV systems, the use of transformers with a TV or VCR will usually not make a North American TV or VCR usable overseas.

● Indicates converter/transformer to be used.

110 Volt Electric Appliances
(Use with converters and/or transformers)

1 - 50W
Transformer

50 - 2000W
Converter

Dual Converter

Electric Shaver (under 25 watts)

 

● LOW

Hot Pots, Coffee Cup Heaters (over 50 watts)

 

● HIGH

Curling Irons & Brushes (under 50 watts)

 

● LOW

Heating Pads (over 50 watts)

 

● HIGH

Irons (under 1000 watts)

 

● HIGH

Clothes Steamers (under 1000 watts)

 

● HIGH

Electric Blankets (under 1000 watts - not continuous use)

 

● HIGH

Portable Hair Dryers (under 1875 watts)

 

● HIGH

110 Volt Electric Appliances
(Use only with transformers)

1 - 50W
Transformer

50 - 2000W
Converter

Dual Converter

Contact Lens Sterilizer (under 25 watts)

 

● LOW

Toothbrushes (under 50 watts)

 

● LOW

CD Players (under 50 watts)

 

● LOW

Camcorder Battery Rechargers (under 50 watts)

 

● LOW

Radios (under 50 watts)

 

● LOW

For more information, contact us.