Phones, Plugs, and other Stuff for Travel

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hi everyone today we're going to be talking about some accessory electronic devices that you can bring with you while you're traveling and hopefully they'll help to make your life a little bit easier instead of more complicated the first thing I'm gonna be talking about is plugs and chargers now to the best of my knowledge the United States Canada some Caribbean islands Japan and Taiwan use 110 voltage everywhere else uses 220 now if you're from the United States and you go and plug something in into a outlet in say Spain at best you're gonna get a short at worst you're gonna have your thing blow up and you're gonna have a fire on your hands so what you're gonna need for that is you're gonna need a converter which literally looks like a brick you plug that into the socket and then you plug your device into that and what it does is it regulates the current so that your device can handle it however there's a something that you can look at if you have a laptop a digital camera or a cell phone charger for the most part they usually come already regulated so that they can handle both voltages that's not always a given but for the most part you can check on the device itself just look anywhere on the charger and if it says input 110 to 220 sometimes they go a little bit past that for example this laptop charger goes from 100 to 240 if it's within that range then it can handle both voltages so that's my little feel about laptop digital camera and cell phone chargers then all you need is a plug converter so those of you from the States you recognize the little 2 prong plug right here that we see everywhere however you going to notice that the plug sockets look different in other places for example you have the round sockets here this is for Europe and Asia if I can bring this out here there's a cell phone charger meant for Europe and Asia too so you're gonna have this round thing and basically what you're gonna do is you're gonna plug this in here then you plug down the socket no problems here is Australia which looks like ours a little flat sections however they're diagonal and there's another one for Australia as well and then they have that third prong so pretty swollen ours right and then this big honking one for the UK I was wondering why this was so big and then I asked my friends who lived in the UK and actually in school what they learn is there's a fuse in here that's why this is so big compared to ours so if a fuse blows out on their devices they're actually taught in school how to open up the plug and replace the fuse they just go to a hardware store pay like 50 cents replace the fuse close it up and they learn to fix their own electronics whereas ours like if the fuse is inside the device itself and it blows you're gonna end up paying 50 60 bucks trying to repair it or have to throw away the device and get a new one so I mean I think that's pretty cool the disadvantage of that is of course you're gonna probably only be able to fit four or five of these on a power strip so that's what the UK one looks like in terms of buying these adapters you're gonna find a larger one at some of the travel stores and they have all the different plugs in them now if you're traveling around the world that might be a good buy however if you're only gonna go to say the UK you don't need that big bulky one and this is gonna be a lot cheaper the the large adapter will cost you like 25 30 bucks this one will cost you about three fifty four dollars for each of these and usually you can get them all as it's set together for about $15 for all the different countries and you'll save a little bit of weight in a little bit of bulk the only disadvantage to this is because this some of these are so small when you plug this into that outlet and then you plug yours in sometimes you won't get that stability because it is so thin versus if you have like a big brick to hold it stable up against the wall so that's something to think about however if you're gonna go on the cheap these little tiny ones are the way to go especially if you're only gonna stick to one region if you only gonna stick to Europe you're only going to need this you're not gonna need that huge one with all the different little plugs on it but if you're on a round-the-world trip you might want to give that a shot also another little thing I have right here any of you who have an iPod or a digital camera or some other device that powers itself by USB device and you don't have access to a laptop or you don't can't get away to a internet cafe to plug it in they have these little charges here and by the way this also is dual voltage this can handle from 90 to 260 volts so this is cool to be used in any country all you do is change the plug adapter this lets you plug this into a socket and then anything that gets charged by USB you can just plug it into this is really convenient so if you have an iPod then you don't need a computer you can just plug this in and you don't have to worry about it you can get these on amazon.com or eBay these run anywhere from five to six dollars so really good buy especially if you use a lot of electronics that are powered by USB and that brings me to cell phones that's the last thing if you want to call home or you just want to have a cell phone handy when you're walking around in whatever country you're in you're gonna realize that if you're from the States your phone doesn't work basically the United States and Canada the cell phones they're run off of 850 or 1900 megahertz whereas the rest of the world runs off a GSM which is 900 and 1800 megahertz so any phone from the United States is the u.s. a phone this is a phone for another region if you take your phone from the States over its not going to work what you can do is you can buy a tri-band or quad band phone which has both american signals and one or both of the European or world signals and that'll work that gets a little bit expensive what I do is I usually go online to eBay and just get myself a cheap little $20 phone that is set for 900 / 1800 megahertz for example this phone won't work in the States that's fine and there's a nice little chief knocking on the phone if it breaks on me I'm not going to cry it's only 20 bucks so your best bet if I were you if you're coming from the States or North America go online get yourself one of these cheap little phones that are meant for those signals you have to make sure that it's either 900 or 1800 megahertz once you get that cheap phone when you land in your country of choice for example if you land in Australia or Thailand or the UK basically what you do is you go into a phone shop and some places have it in convenience stores and supermarkets what you can do is you can buy a replacement SIM card replace the SIM card and it'll have credit already built into it it's like a prepaid card then you just use it like any other phone and then you have like your own number and then when you want to recharge it you can go to any of those shops pay by credit card or by cash they'll give you a phone number and then you can dial it in and what happens it recharges the amount of time that you have left on your card and then when you move on you can either sell the car to just give it away to a friend and so that's probably the easiest option in turn if you want to use a cell phone when you're traveling so that's my little spiel about all these little electronic doodads hope it's helped and thanks for watching and have a good day guys sorry for all the wires hope you guys have a good way of keeping these or more organized than I do alright thanks for watching take it easy bye hi everyone today we're going to be talking about some accessory electronic devices that you can bring with you while you're traveling and hopefully they all help to make your life a little bit easier instead of more complicated the first thing I'm going to be talking about is plugs and chargers now to the best of my knowledge the United States Canada some Caribbean islands Japan and Taiwan use 110 voltage everywhere else uses 220 now if you're from the United States and you go and plug something in into a outlet in say Spain at best you're gonna get a short at worst you're gonna have your thing blow up and you're gonna have a fire on your hands so what you're going to need for that is you're going to need a converter which literally looks like a brick you plug that into the socket and then you plug your device


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