The 8 Best Travel Adapters of 2021

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The Rundown

Best Overall: Epicka Universal Travel Adapter at Amazon

"The universal design allows a multitude of plug options."

Best Value: Conair Travel Smart All-In-One Adapter at Amazon

"It can charge up to four devices at a time, making it great for families or those traveling in a group."

Best Converter Combo: Bonazza All-in-One World Travel Plug at Amazon

"Offers the comfort of knowing you can use higher-powered devices without blowing a fuse."

Runner-Up, Best Converter Combo: BESTEK Travel Adapter Converter at Amazon

"The converter reduces your load and avoids overheating precious travel items."

Best Universal: Newvanga Travel Adapter at Amazon

"It's perfectly designed to work with five different types of input plugs."

Best USB Wall Charger: Syncwire USB Wall Charger at Syncwire

"Connect and charge all your electronics with the USB ports."

Most Portable: Pac2Go Universal Travel Adapter at Amazon

"The included nylon carrying case makes it all the more convenient to travel with."

Best User-Friendly: Flight 001 5-in-1 Adapter at Amazon

"It breaks apart into four colored adapters, so you can easily tell which one to use based on the country you're in."

Best Compact: Ceptics International Worldwide Travel Plug Adapter Set at Amazon

"When bag space is at a premium, this set from Ceptics International is a great choice."

Travel overseas comes with its share of logistical challenges. Charging your smartphone in Greece or Sweden shouldn’t be one of them. Travel adapters allow an electronic device from one country to plug into a differently shaped outlet. For example, U.S. wall outlets require a plug with two flat vertical prongs, while outlets in the U.K. require a plug with a top vertical prong and two bottom horizontal ones. And one major heads up: the adapter may not convert electricity, which you may also need. Lydia Mansel of Just Packed learned this the hard way.

"North American devices are designed to function with a lower electrical voltage (110/120V) than devices from most other parts of the world (220/240V). Not knowing this, I have blown out electrical devices immediately upon plugging them into my regular adapter—including my favorite hairdryer moments before a wedding in Italy."

You should also be mindful of the space you'll be staying in once you arrive. "Because some hotels and homes have outlets in the most unusual locations, make sure that the adapter is not too large or heavy to fit into sunken sockets," says Charlie Cotton, Head of Operations at millennial group travel company FTLO Travel.

Read on to learn about the best travel adapters.

Best Overall: Epicka Universal Travel Adapter

5
What We Like
  • Compact design

  • Fast-charging USB ports

  • Compatible in more than 100 countries

What We Don't Like
  • Noisy when charging

A travel adapter helps charge your electronic devices on the go, whether you're taking a short trip across the pond or hopping on a worldwide adventure. The Epicka Universal USB Travel Power Adapter offers support for more than 160 countries, including the U.S., Europe, and Australia. It has a universal design that allows a multitude of plug options. The inclusion of four USB ports on its front allows the charging of five devices at a single time. The first set of USB ports charges at 2.4A, making it ideal for tablets, cameras, and phones for faster charging, while the remaining two ports charge at 2.1A, making them better suited for phones only. The versatility of the adapter is what saved our reviewer from overpacking.

As with a number of universal adapters, the Epicka is designed with 110v devices in mind, which means it’s not recommended for higher-powered appliances such as hair dryers or flat irons. 

Size: 2.8 x 2 x 2 in. | Weight: 7.2 oz. | Maximum voltage: 240V | USB ports: 4

“With no additional cords or removable plug adapters, this travel adapter is compact and simple. When it’s in the included storage pouch, you can easily toss it into any bag, from a personal item to a carry-on, and it’ll take up a minimal amount of space.” Erika Owen, Product Tester

Best Value: Conair Travel Smart All-In-One Adapter

Travel Smart All-In-One Adapter w/ USB Port
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What We Like
  • Fast charging time

  • Works with dual voltage appliances

What We Don't Like
  • Only one USB port

  • Not compact

For a travel adapter that performs well, can charge more than one device at a time, and is available at a reasonable price, the Conair Travel Smart All-In-One Adapter with USB Port is a must-have travel accessory. The all-in-one universal adapter has three outlets and one USB port, so you can charge up to four devices at one time—making it great for families or those traveling in groups. The device comes with built-in surge protection so it can safely charge iPads, cell phones, tablets, and other electronics. The charge works in Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Europe, Great Britain, the Middle East, as well as North and South America

Size: 7.3 x 5.4 x 2.6 in. | Weight: 5.44 oz. | Maximum voltage: 240V | USB ports:

Best Converter Combo: Bonazza All-in-One World Travel Plug

3.6
What We Like
  • Built-in surge protection

  • Compact

What We Don't Like
  • No USB

Traveling outside the U.S. with high-powered electronic devices is always a bit tricky as you need to convert the voltage from 220-240 volts to 110-120 volts. Fortunately, there are options like the Bonazza All-in-One Adapter and Converter which does the trick for you, making travel in more than 150 countries that much easier. This all-in-one option offers the comfort of knowing you can use higher-powered devices such as a hairdryer, without risking a blown fuse.

Beyond hairdryers, this adapter converter combo is suitable for use with popular items such as iOS devices, laptops, straighteners, and more. For the input itself, the Bonazza only accepts U.S. standard type plugs and not international varieties. At just three inches and 7.2 ounces, it's also an ultra-portable choice. Our reviewer appreciated the compact size and accompanying travel pouch.


Size:
2.3 x 2.5 x 2.8 in. | Weight: 3.66 oz. | Maximum voltage: 240V | USB ports: 0

“The included travel pouch makes it easy to keep the adapter clean, which is always something to think about with accessories that are being tossed in and out of travel bags.” Erika Owen, Product Tester

Runner-Up, Best Converter Combo: BESTEK Travel Adapter Converter

3
What We Like
  • 24-month warranty

  • Charges seven devices simultaneously

What We Don't Like
  • Not compatible with hair appliances

Widely regarded as a great travel adapter, the Bestek Travel Adapter Converter is a superb combination that provides the best of two important worlds. As an all-in-one solution, the Bestek not only offers three separate international travel adapters covering more than 150 countries, but it also doubles as a 220v to 110v converter for reducing load and avoiding overheating your most precious travel items.

Capable of charging multiple devices at once, the Bestek adds four USB charging ports for a combined total of 6A output, plus three AC ports. The travel-ready design comes complete with a bag for easy storage and a five-foot power cable.

Size: 6 x 3 x 1.57 in. | Weight: 1.2 lb. | Maximum voltage: 240V | USB ports:

“Easy to use with a relatively small footprint, Bestek's converter is a must-have when traveling abroad in hotel rooms with minimal outlets. Note that early versions were unbearably loud thanks to the fan, but the company addressed the issue.” Laura Ratliff, Senior Editorial Director

Best Universal: Newvanga Travel Adapter

What We Like
  • Fuse protection

  • Affordable

  • Travel-friendly size

What We Don't Like
  • The prongs can feel loose

When it comes to must-have products while traveling internationally, few items are more important than a universal travel adapter. Supporting worldwide charging in more than 150 countries, the Newvanga Travel Adapter is designed to work with five different types of input plugs all in a single adapter. The dual charging ports are capable of working with nearly any USB device, including Android and iOS, as well as tablets, MP3 players, digital cameras, GPS, and more.

At 6A total for charging, the Newvanga supports 100-240V input into any available power outlet but does not convert the electrical output current or voltage. Compact at 3 x 1.4 x 1.9 inches in size and weighing only 4 ounces, this travel adapter can neatly tuck away in any corner of a suitcase or carry-on.

Size: 3 x 1.5 x 1.9 in. | Weight: 3.2 oz. | Maximum voltage: 240V | USB ports: 2

Most Portable: Pac2Go Universal Travel Adapter

What We Like
  • Small design

  • Over-charge protection

What We Don't Like
  • Prongs can get stuck and not retract

Ditch bulky devices for the Pac2Go Universal Travel Adapter, a compact adapter that can charge up to five devices simultaneously in over 150 countries. As an all-in-one travel adapter, the Pac2Go features integrated plugs for the U.S., the E.U., the U.K., and Australia, an 8-hole universal input socket, and four USB-A ports. It also provides a safe, quick charge with an AC voltage from 100 to 250 volts and overcharge protection for your smartphones, tablets, cameras, laptops, and other electronics. Even more, the included nylon carrying case makes it all that more convenient to travel with the Pac2Go. 

Size: 3.2 x 3 x 2.7 in. | Weight: 5 oz. | Maximum voltage: 240V | USB ports:

Best User-Friendly: Flight 001 5-in-1 Adapter

What We Like
  • Easy to use

  • Fun, color-coded system

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

Color-coded and lightweight, the Flight 001 travel adapter is as functional as it is attractive. It breaks apart into four different adapters, separated by bright colors, so you can easily tell which adapter to use in which country you're in. Even more, each universal adapter corresponds to plugs for the U.S., the E.U., the U.K., and Australia, and can work in over 150 different countries. The pieces conveniently attach together like a cube, with two USB ports that are capable enough to charge tablets, cameras, and more.

Size: 4.06 x 2.52 x 2.05 in. | Weight: 6.7 oz. | Maximum voltage: 240V | USB ports:

Best Compact: Ceptics International Worldwide Travel Plug Adapter Set

What We Like
  • Each piece is labeled by country

  • Convenient carrying case

What We Don't Like
  • Easy to lose the adapter plugs

  • No USB ports

When bag space is at a premium, this set from Ceptics International is a great choice. It offers a collection of single-country or single-region adapters, for example to Europe or Australia. Selecting the adapter only for the region you’re visiting will allow you to streamline your packing. If you’re embarking on a multi-country tour, however, you may want to opt for a universal adapter. The set comes with a handy pouch to store the five-piece set. Between the items, the set accommodates most countries in the world. It charges most mobile devices, including smartphones, tables, and cameras. Because it doesn’t convert voltage, hairdryers, curling irons, and other high-voltage devices are off limits for these adapters.

Size: 4.5 x 3 x 4 in. | Weight: 4 oz. | Maximum voltage: 240V | USB ports: 0

Final Verdict

If you don’t want to accumulate mounds of travel gear to lug along on your trip, versatility is key. That’s why we love the Epicka Universal Travel Power Adapter (view at Amazon) which supports more than 160 countries. The Bonazza All in One World Travel Plug Power Adapter (view at Amazon) offers wide usability and converts electricity as well.

What to Look for in a Travel Adapter

Your destination

If you want to cut down on bulk, go for a streamlined converter, though it might only work in some regions. On the other hand, universal adapters will be effective no matter where you wind up—so if you’re a frequent jetsetter, this might be the best option.

USB ports

Newer converters now come with USB ports, which eliminates the need for the USB-to-outlet converter for charging tablets and phones. In most cases, this means that you can charge more than one device at a time, which is handy for families—everyone’s gadgets definitely add up on the road—or those traveling with multiple devices.

Price

Forking over a ton of money for a converter that you’ll only use once a year doesn’t make sense, so go for a price that correlates with how often you travel. That being said, it’s almost always cheaper to buy one before you leave for vacation rather than on the ground.

FAQs

How can you check if your adapter will be compatible?

Many countries use a single plug type throughout. To ensure your adapter is compatible, you simply need to identify the plug type used in the country or countries on your itinerary. World Standards shares a map that shares plug types for every country in the world.

What's the difference between a universal adapter and a plug adapter?

A universal adapter allows you to take your devices all over the world with one, compact adapter that fits a variety of outlets. A plug adapter fits a single country’s outlets.

What's the difference between a voltage converter and a plug adapter?

A plug adapter updates the shape of your device’s plug to fit the outlet in the country you’re traveling to. It doesn’t convert voltage. A voltage converter adapts the electrical voltage from the device to the outlet. This is valuable because American devices sometimes operate at different voltages than is available in other countries.

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