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Monday, March 11, 2013

American to German Plug Adapter

It was only 2 weeks before leaving the US for several months that I realized a plug adapter would be a neccessity to live in Germany. Here are my favorite products that I have been using ever since.
I actually prefer the German Schuko outlets. 
When traveling to Germany from the US, you need an outlet adapter. This picture shows the difference between the American plug and outlet (top) and the German plug and outlet (bottom).

If you are bringing a lot of personal electronics (hair straightener, computer/phone/iPod chargers, etc) I find it much easier to just buy one outlet plug adapter for the German power outlet and plug an American power strip into the outlet adapter. 

This outlet adapter by VCT Electronics is definitely my favorite. I have now had it for over 2 years and it still works, which is more than I can say for most electronics. It is also a pretty cheap outlet adapter and can be bought on Amazon. A good thing to note too is that it has the 3rd hole for the ground on the American plug. 

Along with this outlet adapter, I have also been using the  Monster Outlets To Go travel power strip for over 2 years. This power strip is very compact, which makes it great for traveling. The power cord wraps around and plugs into itself as well, so you don't have to worry about extra cords tangling up in your bag. I've definitely used all of the outlets at once (charging my phone and iPod, while on my plugged in computer, and straightening my hair) and it works great.

I know this subject stressed me out a bit before I went to study abroad for the first time, so I hope someone finds my favorite travel power strip and  American to German power plug adapter helpful!

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