My daughter is going to France as part of an HS school exchange
Here's what I know:
Her camera has a charger that can be used abroad without a voltage
converter, just a plug adapter. Per the manual:
"The charger can be used in regions that have 100 - 240 V (50/60 Hz)
AC power. Do not use electrical transformers for foreign travel as
they will cause damage."
The charger itself has input ratings on the label that say 100 - 240 V
(50/60 Hz) AC.
Here's what I'm curious about:
The charger for her iPod is the type with the transformer that plugs
into a receptacle and uses a removable USB cable to connect to the
The input specs on that charger also say 100 - 240 V (50/60 Hz) AC.
I'm pretty sure that means that she can use that charger with just an
adapter, i.e. no converter is needed, but I figured I'd ask just to be
Am I correct?
They are all universal input voltage switching power supply. Just get
plug adaopter. My daughter is travelling europe right now after
finishing her 3 month course in London.. She has MacBook. Canon dSLR
camera, and iPhone with her. No problem. Good luck with her trip.
Hope your daughter is bilingual. My kids are.
What Tony said is my experience as well. Be sure you have adapters for
your plugs. In most of Europe they use plugs with 2 round pins for hot
and neutral, and "weird" grounding connectors of different kinds. Buy
the adapters here (US), because they're difficult to find over there.
Make provisions for emergency cash. There are pickpockets. DAMHIKT.
And when I was in India for a few months a few decades ago I was told
that (a) pickpockets like to hang out near the signs that say "Beware of
Pickpockets": people will see the sign and pat the pocket where their
wallet is to make sure it's still there, so the pickpocket knows which
pocket to go for; and (b) some pickpockets are highly skilled, having
been trained to slash with a razor or other implement and cut through a
specific number of sheets of paper and thus can slash your pocket and
get the wallet without you feeling it.
Somehow I doubt that the daughter is going to carry a wallet in her
rear pocket, but the overall pickpocket warning is VERY true. Also,
arrange a code word to be used if she really gets in trouble, there
are many many scams where supposedly abroad students e-mail home for $
$ to be sent/wired to a third party address and which are total scams.
I carry two wallets in Europe. One in the back pocket that has maybe $2 in
it and a couple of useless cards with no names on them. The other is
carried elsewhere, be it a front pocket or inside a jacket. Cash is always
split between us.
The best exchange rate is the ATM in most cases. My bank charges 1%.
When I was in the Navy the street kids in Naples were pretty good at
mobbing you and trying to pick your pocket.
After the first time you got burned you learned to smack one so they
My first time after I got pissed and chased them off I felt a breeze.
They had unbuttoned my pea coat and got my smokes from the inside
pocket. Never knew when it happened.
After that I'd seriously try to smack one right off and they left me
Since I was forewarned by mates I kept my ID and cash in my zippered
inside jumper pocket. Custom blues. Left my wallet on the ship.
I never carry a wallet in dicey circumstances.
Plenty of places to hide the jewels from pickpockets.
Small inconvenience compared to possible loss.
When I read the OP's message, I started remembering my time in the Navy
back in the late 50s. Of all the ports I visited in the Med over a
period of 2 years, Naples was the only one where you had to worry about
pickpockets, and like you said, they were the kids.
I walked alone, in a US Navy uniform, in many ports, just to see the way
people lived, this included Beirut Lebanon, Istanbul Turkey, Split
Yugoslavia, Tripoli Libya, Genoa Italy, Barcelona Spain.
I never had a problem, in any way, in any of those ports.
On Sat, 9 Apr 2011 17:40:24 -0700 (PDT), DerbyDad03
Reminds of the guy who told me not to use hot water to put out a fire,
Because it was HOT water.
I thought just about everybody knows what happens when you freeze
milk. And most have tasted powdered milk too.
We were docked in Palermo, Sicily once and that was the only place I
ever saw a public demonstration against the U.S.
I went back to the fantail and the demonstrators were real close.
They were peaceful, but they were singing and shouting some slogans
in unison. I didn't understand the lingo.
But their numerous signs were in English and said things like,
"Yankee Imperialist Pigs Go Home!"
"Running Dogs of Capitalism Be Gone."
Typical commie stuff in the '60's.
The hot water guy was there staring at the demonstration, and I came
up next to him and said something. Can't remember what.
I'll never forget what he said.
"Smith, I've been watching these people for a while.
I've got them figured out. You know what they are?"
"What are they?" says I.
He looks at me all seriously, and says,
"These people are communists."
I mean he was all proud of his deductive skills.
I did what I usually did with him.
Turned around and walked away.
Thing about guys like this that get positions of power is they have
mothers that love them, and/or some mentor similar to them in some
respect, so they manage to do stupid stuff repeatedly. Not just once.
The ones I've known just won't be told they're wrong either.
I happened to come across a site that lists the CO's of just about
every Loran Station over the years.
Our "let them drink frozen milk" CO was a pretty young guy when he
became our CO. Younger than many Chiefs and even a few 1st Class
enlisted men. He is now listed as "deceased" but it can't be from old-
If I found out that he died a violent death at the hands of an
enlisted man, I would not be surprised at all.
During the winter I was in Germany, one of the enlisted men built a
snow woman, in a kneeling position - and saluting - right in front of
the CO's parking spot. We hid by a window watching when he pulled in.
He whipped into his spot as usual, looked up at the snow woman and
paused for a second. Then he backed out, pulled into the second-in-
command's spot and went directly into his office. He called the Chief
of the maintenance crew and issued 2 orders:
1 - Destroy the snow woman.
2 - Switch the 2 parking signs, swapping his spot and the second-in-
He was one strange dude.
I agree that both your devices will work with an adapter.
I bought a kit with adapters that are said to include one for every
configuration in the world. I bought it at a travel store and it was
not inexpensive. I travel a lot and have used only one adapter from the
kit other than the two prong continental adapter. Radio Shack sells the
two prong continental adapter at a reasonable price. I'd suggest
getting two or three, so you can do multiple devices at the same time.
OR ELSE the UK plugs make US plugs look as if they belong in a 24V 5A
system. And don't forget the UK "ring main" system, so every outlet has
two paths back to the supply point. And the shuttered outlets into which
junior can't stick a paperclip. And the device-appropriate fuse in each
plug. And I bet they don't use "wire nuts" either.
Gee. I wonder which system is safer?
My pet peeve as well - GFCIs on hairdryers. The vast majority of housing in the
US has had GFCI or AFCIs on bath circuits for decades. Yet we're paying a
premium to day to cover the one idiot who lives in substandard housing from
electrocuting hiimself while drying hair in the shower.
I'd have to see some good stats to believe that claim. GFCI/AFCI
protection may be the norm on post-1970 or so houses, but a large
fraction, perhaps even a majority, of the housing stock in this country
is older than that. Unless upgraded by an owner (and how often does that
happen in non-DIY world?) or remodeled and brought up to current code,
odds are the bath outlets are still as-built.
This 1960 house still had miswired 2-hole outlets in half the positions,
but the boxes were grounded, so I replaced those with modern outlets,
and tested every one. The original bath had a GFCI, but it was hung off
the old 2-wire medicine cabinet feed, so I replaced the run for that
one. But I grew up in the business (even though I'm not an
electrician), so it wasn't a big deal for me. Most owners of older
starter houses don't have the skill set or awareness of the dangers, and
Same here. House built in '59. Not a single GFCI except about 6
still in the box. I should really put them in. (-:
I've replaced about half the 2-hole outlets with 3-hole.
Actually, my son did them.. It's all conduit and he used self-tappers
to wire the receptacle ground to the boxes.
No testing, just that the work.
What do you recommend for testing?
What always gets me is switches breaking the neutral.
I never trust a switch to kill power.
When a plumber replaced my lift system pump he said just turning off
the pump wall switch should do when he started pulling the wires from
the old pump.
I told him I wouldn't trust the wall switch and suggested I run
lighting to another circuit and flip the breaker supplying the pump.
The lights we had on were the same circuit as the pump.
But he said "No, this is fine."
Then he got zapped.
"Vic, go ahead and plug the lights in somewhere else and flip this
Live there for few years. If it doesn't burn down, they're okay.
When I was 19 I came across that in the big house that was our
fraternity house. I was so young I wasn't 100% positive it was wrong.
It was the porch light, in the ceiling of the porch very substantial
porch, with part of the second floor over it. I assume it came with
the house originally.
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