A tiny, purple travel adapter perfect for adventuring across Europe
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TripSavvy / Rebekah Joan
Bright color so you won’t forget it
Only works in certain European countries
Doesn’t convert voltage
The Travel Ready AC Power Adapter is lightweight and small, making it a great adapter to have—as long as you’re only heading to countries that use the European type-C outlet
We purchased the Travel Ready AC Power Adapter so our reviewer could put it to the test and assess it. Keep reading for our full product review.
Most international travelers know that they’ll need an adapter (and possibly a converter) to be able to charge their electronics when they’re far from home. Since there are so many outlet types throughout the world, there’s a plethora of different adapters to suit the needs of different travelers. To see if the Euro-compatible Travel Ready AC Power Adapter was everything we needed, we tried it out on a recent trip. Keep reading for our full review.
The best part about this adapter—in our opinion, anyways—is it’s small, bright design. The 2.7 x 1.5 x 1.5-inch device weighs less than 2 ounces and can be fit into virtually any pocket, purse, or bag.
The Travel Ready can charge two electronics at once with a port on the top and side of the device. It’s also bright purple, which makes it easy to spot when doing a last-minute once-over of your hotel room.
The best part about this adapter—in our opinion, anyways—is it’s small, bright design.
One drawback to this adapter is that it only works in the European Type E/F “Schuko” outlets. So if you’re traveling to places like the UK or Italy, this adapter won’t work. You’re better off getting a pack of European adapters. Keep in mind that you might need a voltage converter as well if you’re visiting from the U.S.
Since we were in Ireland and the voltage was too high, we used this little adapter in conjunction with a converter. It was annoying to have to pack both, but the Travel Ready adapter is so small that it wasn’t a huge issue.
We didn’t notice any lag in charging time, even though we were using two devices in place of one and while the converter made a bit of noise, the adapter was pleasantly silent. Since the Travel Ready also has built-in surge protection that gave us peace of mind that our electronics would be safely charged.
The Travel Ready AC Power Adapter retails for roughly $20. It’s not a really high price, but considering just how little you can do with it, it might not be your best option.
The Travel Ready AC Power Adapter retails for roughly $20. It’s not a really high price, but considering just how little you can do with it, it might not be your best option. Think of it this way: you can buy a different power adapter with multiple outlet options for $20 or less. So why spend the same amount for just one plug type?
HAOZI Universal Travel Adapter: This adapter can do more than the Travel Ready Adapter, and it comes at a similar price. The HAOZI comes with four different plugs: US, AUS, EU, and UK. It can be used in over 150 countries, and it has a multi-plug outlet, along with two USB ports. To sweeten the deal, it’s not that much bigger than the Travel Ready Adapter, because the different plugs slide in and out of the adapter.
PowerBear Travel Adapter and Surge Protection Strip: Possibly the best part about PowerBear’s power strip is that it has a US plug attached to the cord, so it can be used at home as an extension cord. It comes with three little adapters that you can attach to the end—EU, AUS, and UK, so it’s compatible with outlets in more than 150 countries. Sure, it’s bulkier than the Travel Ready, but it also offers four USB charging ports and two US outlets for charging the rest of your electronics.
Foval Power Step Down Voltage Converter: If you happen to need a two-in-one adapter and a converter, look no further. The $35 Foval converts electricity from 220 volts to 110 volts, which is what most small US electronics, like phones, take. With a press of a button, the little unit comes to life, converting voltage and charging your devices safely. It comes with two US outlets and four USB charging ports, and three international adapters so it’s compatible with US, EU, UK, and AUS power sources.
Save your money and get a more versatile adapter.
If you plan to travel anywhere outside Europe, this adapter will prove useless. Look instead for a more versatile adapter or even a two-in-one adapter/converter which generally only costs $10 more.
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