The Best Universal Travel Adapter for International Trip in 2018
Having gadgets charged up has become increasingly important, especially when we are traveling. If you’re staying close to home, there are some adapters and chargers that prove to be of high quality with inexpensive price, but if you’re talking about going abroad, you need the right travel adapter.
Before we list our top pick for travel power adapters, let’s get to know something you should learn when you make a purchase.
The first thing to consider is where you plan to travel. Voltage requirements (and outlet shapes) vary from country to country. For example, you’ll need a different adapter if you’re going to the UK than you would for most of Europe. Also, China’s outlets differ from many other Asian countries.
Secondly consider whether you need an adapter or a converter. Many units operate as both. In general, if you are using a small appliance that includes a heating element, you can use a converter or a transformer. Electronic devices that use chips – such as computers and cell phones – usually require a transformer.
Third, take the wattage of the devices you need to use into consideration. Usually voltage will be clearly printed on the item. Typically, hair dryers and other electrical devices with a heating element have a high wattage, so you need to make sure that the adapter you bring with will work for your particular needs.
Last but not least, think about the size and weight of the adapter you buy. Some of the items on our list are kits that include adapters for many countries. Since you’ll have to carry what you buy, make sure to take a look at the product’s specifications before you commit.
So based on the above considerations, today our special recommendation is Zendure Passport Pro. From its name we can also see that it’s designed for traveling internationally. Remarkably, it is the world’s 1st resettable grounded Travel Adapter with USB-C PD fast charging. Let’s find out distinguishing features from other adapters.
#1: Auto-Resetting Fuse
Many travel adapters on the market are designed with single-use fuses to protect electronics from power surges and overloads, but replacing them and lugging spares around can be a hassle. To combat this annoyance, Zendure launched Passport in 2017, which was the world’s first travel adapter with an auto-resetting fuse. Thanks to its revolutionary innovation and beautiful industrial design, it won the Good Design Award by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.
How Does Passport Pro Work?
In the previous version of Passport with the auto-resetting fuse, you'd have to wait a minute for the adapter to recover itself if there’s an overload. However with the new one-push resetting fuse, whenever the current flow exceeds safety levels, the power will be interrupted automatically, and with just one push of the fuse button, Passport Pro can be reset immediately. There’s no need to wait, much less carry spares with you, or rush out to buy replacement fuses.
#2: New Grounding System for Safety
A top priority in electrical safety is keeping electricity grounded. Passport Pro has four plugs and each is equipped with a ground connection. A ground wire is an essential safety feature for many electrical systems. In the event of high voltage, short, or irregular electrical currents, the grounding wire provides a path for the electricity, transferring energy to the ground rather than the electrical system. This keeps you and your devices safe, reducing the risk of electrical shock, fires and, other dangers.
#3: Adopts Highest International Standards
Zendure always keeps safety a priority and ensures safe compatibility for consumers worldwide. Passport Pro is compliant with national and international regulations and standards. It is the first travel adaptor which achieves both IEC60884-2-5 Certification and BS8546 Certification. With the increasing complexity of plug and socket designs by different countries worldwide and in order to provide standardization for safe usage, the IEC published the latest version of its standard for plugs and socket in 2017- IEC60884-2-5.