The 8 Best Travel Adapters to Buy in 2017

Charging and using your electronics abroad is easier with these travel adapters

Keeping gadgets charged up has become a necessity while traveling. If you’re staying close to home, there are some adapters and chargers that prove very useful, but if you’re going abroad, you should know that voltage and outlets work a little differently. In many cases, travelers will need an adapter to fit the plug into a different shaped outlet, as well as a voltage converter so you don’t fry your electronics. Voltage required depends on the device (usually clearly printed on the item) and country, so depending on where you’re traveling to (and what you’re plugging in) you may want a single adapter, several or a universal adapter with many types built in. Here are the eight best travel adapters.

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    The OREI set of seven international travel adapters are compatible in over 150 countries and come in a fitted zip-up case that’s small enough to tuck into a backpack or carry-on. To easily find the right outlet, the set is labeled with both the outlet type (B, E/F etc.) and the country it is commonly used in, so travelers can just take the one they need from the set. Each adapter comes with two-outlet plugs, so it is possible to charge two devices at once, and because the adapters are grounded, you can plug in a three-pronged power cord. It is important to note that this is just an adapter set and does not convert voltage. Be sure to check on each device before plugging in.

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    Cell phone battery life rapidly declines on a road trip with the GPS on, occasional photo stops and music playing. Recharge several devices on-the-go with the BESTEK Advantage adapter, which converts DC power from a cigarette lighter to AC power (note that it does not convert voltage). The adapter comes with three AC outlets and four USB charging ports ideal for powering seven devices simultaneously, whether it’s a smartphone, laptop, tablet or other small electronic device. Some Amazon users noted that the device is noisy, but works like a charm. Weighing just 9.6 ounces, the inverter can easily fit into travel bags and has a green and red light to easily tell when it’s on or off.

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    Whether it’s a short trip across the pond or a worldwide adventure, having a universal adapter along for the ride is an absolute must. 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 for simultaneous 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. 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. 

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    While many adapters are designed like an oversized plug, Amir makes a power strip that works in most countries. The power strip is designed to input 100 to 250 volts and has four AC outlets and four USB charging ports, plus three specific adapters for the United Kingdom, Australia and the European Union. Weighing almost a 1.5 pounds, the strip is larger than some of the other adapters, but is ideal for cruise ship cabins or any other room that has a limited number of outlets. Amazon users stated that because the adapter can plug into U.S. outlets, they also used it after returning from their travels. The adapter does not convert voltage.

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    If your devices are all equipped with a USB port, then the Syncwire USB Charger Plug is a great choice. While other international adapters include U.S. outlets built in to the device for electronics to plug in, instead, the Syncwire has four USB ports to connect and charge phones, iPads and more. The charge plug inputs 100 and 240 volts and will automatically adjust, so no converter is needed for devices within that voltage, plus, it is compact enough to easily fit into small carry-on bags. The plug has three, removable United States, United Kingdom and European Union adapters (that work for numerous countries). The device comes with a lifetime warranty.

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

    At 6A total for charging, the Liansing 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 four ounces, the Liansing can neatly tuck away in any corner of a suitcase or carry-on.

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    Traveling outside the U.S. with high-powered devices is always a bit tricky as you need to convert the voltage from 220 volts to 110 volts. Fortunately, there are options like the Hyted 2000 Watts Travel Adapter and Converter that does the trick for you, making travel in more than 120 countries that much easier. This all-in-one option offers the comfort of knowing you can use higher-powered devices such as a hair dryer without risking a blowout or blown fuse.

    Beyond hair dryers, the Hyted is suitable for use with popular items such as iOS devices, laptops, MacBooks and more. For the input itself, the Hyted only accepts U.S. standard type plugs and not international varieties. Covered by a lifetime warranty and customer service that promises to resolve problems in 12 hours or less, the Hyted is a great choice. 

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    Widely regarded as one of the best products in the space, the Bestek Travel Adapter is a superb combination product that offers 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 doubles as a 220v to 110v converter for reducing load and avoiding overheating of your most precious travel items.

    Capable of charging seven 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 is not only compact at 6 x 3 x 1.57-inches, but it comes complete with a travel-ready bag for easy storage and a five-foot power cable. Offered with a 24-month warranty, the Bestek is handily the best travel converter combo product available today and purchasing it won’t break the bank.

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