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getting U.S. electric devices to work in France

post #1 of 10
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for The 3 Valleys area, is it just a matter of getting an adapter plug at Radio Shack or do you need a special converter to change the voltage around.
post #2 of 10
Depends on the device.

Yes, you'll need an adapter plug for pretty much everything. Most computers and phone/camera battery/etc chargers are universal voltage so will be able to cope with 220V - just check on the unit itself.
post #3 of 10

Also I can't recall whether europe has flat or round pins. if they have round then you will need a flat to round converter.

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Originally Posted by Marty View Post

Also I can't recall whether europe has flat or round pins. if they have round then you will need a flat to round converter.


Get one of those "universal" adoptors in Radio Shack. It has different holes on all sides of the cube, which pretty much covers all of the known plug configuration seen anywhere in the world.
post #5 of 10
UK has three flat pins
Most of Europe has two round pins and may have a hole for the earth pin (which comes out of the wall). Here's a picture showing several of them (the ticks and crosses are for compatibility with French sockets)

france-socketfit.jpg
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
I was looking at my electrical items and all but one will work on 240V 50 Hz using an adapter. I'll probably go ahead and get a voltage converter just to play it safe.

Thanks a lot for your help =)
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Originally Posted by Wear The Fox Hat View Post

Depends on the device.

Yes, you'll need an adapter plug for pretty much everything. Most computers and phone/camera battery/etc chargers are universal voltage so will be able to cope with 220V - just check on the unit itself.
post #7 of 10
If they are 240V then you'll be fine.

Is there a way of powering the other device without buying a transformer for it? (e.g. charging it off a computer?)
post #8 of 10
Wear the Fox Hat is right about finding an alternative power source, PC or even re-chargable batteries or do without the device ;-)
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Originally Posted by Wear The Fox Hat View Post

Is there a way of powering the other device without buying a transformer for it? (e.g. charging it off a computer?)

unfortunately not. I picked up a 50 watt converter for 19 bucks so I should be all set.
post #10 of 10
I always carry a convertor and mutli-adapter.
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