Whenever you are traveling, there are a lot of important factors to consider like the cost, the duration of your stay, and places to visit. However, it’s crucial to keep in touch and stay connected when you’re traveling. If you’ve never traveled outside of the country, remember that different countries have different electrical sockets and plugs.
This also means that some countries have a different voltage output in their sockets. American devices typically use 110/120V, while 220/240V is more common in other countries. Now you can’t convert your 110V device to use it with a 220V socket, that will just destroy the device. Instead, most appliances need a step-down converter which simply reduces the voltage coming from the socket.
Most travel adapters don’t have a voltage converter these days, as a lot of devices are multi-voltage these days. Appliances like older hair straighteners, steam irons, or even proprietary laptop charger might need voltage converters. Remember to factor in the number of ports and AC outlets you need as well.
We hope that clears up at least some of the confusion. With all that through, let’s look at the best travel voltage converters in 2020.
If you are planning a long trip or stay in a foreign country, you are most likely taking a lot of electronics along with you. A normal adapter/converter might do the trick, but maybe you need more ports and AC sockets. The BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter has all the functionality of a voltage converter, while also getting the job done as an extension board.
It works like a charm when it comes to voltage conversion. The adapter is patented to seamlessly work with 110V, so if the socket has and output above that number, this converter will handle it with ease. It has 4 USB ports, of which 2 are 2.4 amps and the other two are 1 amp. If you are planning to work while traveling, this is the converter to go for.
As I mentioned before, it works perfectly as a surge protector/extension board as well. Plug your laptop in, your phone, and maybe even an iPad to get things done without worrying. You even get two plug adapters to use elsewhere. The US plug adapter has rotatable prongs so you can use it with an AU socket.
The USB ports are isolated from the AC power outlets, it has a compact size, and a 24-month warranty. The only downside is that it has a max output of 250W, so you can’t use it with a hairdryer or anything above that wattage.
If you are short on luggage space, yet absolutely need a compact voltage converter/travel adapter, finding one can be difficult. Fortunately, this travel voltage converter from DOACE is one that we can easily recommend. It also feels quite premium for what is such a simple product.
This small converter can easily fit in the palm of your hand. It comes with US/EU/UK/AU plugs you can just pop one of them on it and be good to go. It has plenty of different outlets. One is a regular AC outlet, which is works as an adapter only, so don’t plug in any hairdryers here.
The second outlet is the converter, and this is where you can plug in your steam iron or hairdryer with ease. The two USB ports have a 5V/2.4A output and are compatible with any smartphone or tablet. The entire unit is dead silent, and you get excellent customer support.
The only con is the fact that it is not the most intuitive thing in the world to use. For example, it can be easy to accidentally stick a hairdryer’s plug into the top socket and causing damage to it. Just be careful and read the description to avoid this issue.
Let’s say you have mostly modern devices that were made in foreign countries. Most devices are made in China these days, and they have multi-voltage control. You might not need a voltage converter in that case. However, if you are specifically traveling with a hairdryer, steam iron, or anything else without multi-voltage control, that can be a problem.
That is exactly where the Bonazza 2000W Travel Adapter and Voltage Converter comes in. As you can probably guess from the name, this can handle most electrical appliances. It was made for travel, as they have implemented compact design and 134g of weight. It even comes with a travel pouch, which is a nice touch.
To the right, it has a switch to go from one mode to another. The two modes “Adapter” and “Converter” work as you’d expect. If you have a multi-voltage device, use the adapter mode. If you need voltage conversion, use the converter mode. As most people will be buying it for small electric devices, leaving it on converter mode is not a bad idea.
The only downside I can think of is that you can’t use heavier appliances like a coffee machine, a heater, or anything similar. But most people don’t travel with that stuff anyway. The addition of a few USB ports would have made this even better.
Are you a fan of traveling frequently? Well then, you’d want to save yourself the hassle of buying different adapter and voltage converters for different countries. The Foval International Travel Adapter might be the last adapter/voltage converter you’ll ever buy. Well, if you can look past the noise it occasionally makes.
As I said before, this converter is aimed at worldwide use. It includes one EU power cable, and four international adapters (US/UK/AU, and Italy). As you can probably guess, it works well in terms of voltage conversion. So devices with a voltage of 110/120 can work anywhere you take them.
It has 4 USB ports to charge all of your devices and two AC power outlets. There is a very prominent On/Off switch at the top. The converter shuts down in the case of overheating, over-current, and short circuits to keep things safe. Compact size and the detachable power cable makes it very portable and convenient.
In short, if versatility is your concern, this travel adapter/converter is your best bet. However, it only has a max output of 200W. Apart from that, somehow the tiny fan in this can get frustratingly loud. If you can look past those issues, this is a solid product.
Last on our list is the Odoga Voltage Converter. This is a pretty basic travel adapter/converter that should get the job done for most people. It is well built, includes a nice carrying case, and works as expected. However, it does have slight annoyances that could push some people away.
Like most voltage converters, this one maxes out at about 200W. This means that you can’t use it with any electrical device with a higher wattage than 200. It has 4 USB ports that are rated at 5V and 2.1A each. There’s plenty of ports for your phone, power bank, tablet, etc. Build quality is quite solid, and it should hold up between travels.
A lot of international travel plugs are included to make things convenient. It has UK/EU/AU and other international plugs. The carrying case is a big help and makes the entire unit easy to carry around. Unfortunately, the fan does make quite a bit of noise. The LED light is quite bright, which can get annoying after a bit. It’s also a bit pricier, but that’s to be expected because of the build quality.