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andii

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Hello,

I am planning to do Camino this year, and I was wondering how much you are allowed access in albergues to 220VAC plugs, in order to recharge your phone or your photo camera batteries or a netbook. I suppose that there aren't too many plugs in a full room, and half of the people may want the same plug.

Thx,

Andii
 
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You suppose right!
And, it is worth keeping an eye on your equipment - don't leave it charging because it might not be there when you come back! A friend lost her cell phone in the new albergue in Pamplona doing that.
 

cecelia

Wandering for the love and growth of it
Past OR future Camino
2013
Hello,
It was suggested on another thread that anyone who has more than one thing to charge should try to carry one of those converters that changes the plug-in from a one plug connection to a three plug connection. I've never seen one in Canada for a European plug-in but I'm sure going to look before my next camino. I thought that was a brilliant suggestion and if most people had them it would sure help to get everything charged.
Cecelia
 

andii

New Member
Thank for your replies. I'm probably going to get a solar charger, it should do the job for mobile and camera, as one will walk a lot in sunlight, so the device can be fixed on the backpack and do his job. Maybe some of you already used this solution?

Thx,

Andii
 

anniethenurse

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Hello!
No problem at all in charging either my camera, ipod or cell phone. E.g. Yesus and Maria (the albergue in Logroño) every bunk had its own plug in the wall right by your bunk.
annie
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elzi

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Hi, I have a power monkey (a universal charger) to charge most of my devices. It charges from power sockets, usb or solar.
I find solar charging will just about keep my phone going along the camino but i wouldn't rely on it exclusively, useful when camping and for days when you can't get to a plug socket in the albergue but if you end up walking in very cloudy/rainy weather it won't get a lot of power.
bascially the rule is to charge up when you can and keep and eye on your stuff!
be sure to stay in the albergue in the huts in atapuerca with a plug socket for every bed - total luxury! :)
 

jhelman

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by the way, what do the plugs look like in Spain? i just bought an adapter kit that has plugs for "the whole world". i know i don't need all of these fancy plugs, if i can figure out the correct one, then that is all i bring. this kit has 2 round prongs (1 thick, 1 thin) 1 square prongs in a triangular configuration (pretty sure i remember these in england) and one last one with 2 flat prongs on an angle to each other.

almost wish they would make ipod batteries out of some high powered nuclear fusion. then i wouldn't have to worry about being without tunes.
 

NaKwendaSafari

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Spain uses the to round pin sockets .. it may pay you to get a double adaptor where you can share the same socket and charge two devices at the same time. iPod do not allow you to carry and change a spare battery which can be done with other non-Apple devices, perhaps Apple can be advised to go the nuclear way.
 

jeploss

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I have looked in vain online for double adapters which allow you to plug in a couple to things into one outlet. Since I'm an American, I'm looking for the US-European version. Since sockets are at a preium, this seems like such a great idea. Does anyone have a link?

Janet
 
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NaKwendaSafari

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Janet,

You can see pictures of the items at:

http://electrical.hardwarestore.com/12- ... pters.aspx

You can get the adapters (US$ 5.45) from Aubuchon hardware by calling them in US at 800-431-2712. You can plug in 2, 4 or 6 pieces of US flat pin plugs into the adapter. You then need to get a male 2 pin European to US flat pin converter/adapter to get your adapter to plug into the Spanish socket.

These 2pin European to US convertor/adapters are readily available at most departure and arrival airports, I bought mine from the local 99cent store. Other US stores which should have them would be Walmart or Best Buy. Hope this helps. As an aside sockets in China have multiple holes, round, square, flat pin parallel US, flat pin triangular (OZ and Kiwi) so charging is less problematic, hope Spain takes note of this.
 

dislp38

Member
One thing I did was buy an extension cord with three plug-in, and an adapter for the extension cord... it worked really well and I could plug a few things in at once. I never had an issue finding outlets. IN fact, I was very popular with some of the pilgrims when they figured out that I could charge their ipods.


Buen Camino,
Deborah
 

mustbjones

Active Member
Past OR future Camino
Fall 2013
I know this is an old topic but poster mentioned a "world universal charger." I picked up one that had two adapters for Europe; both round, but one ever so slightly larger. One was marked Northern Europe and the other Southern Europe. Is it safe to assume that Spain is in Southern Europe?
 

C clearly

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Regarding the two very slightly different round pins, last year my companion and I travelled with both and found that they both worked. The larger one was a tighter fit but once I was confident it would work, I had no problem. I was puzzled too, as one was labelled Northern Europe and the other Europe/Asia.
 

D.Matthew

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Camino Frances 2012 (St Jean to Finisterre), Camino Portuguese 2018 (Central Route from Porto)
One slight bit of advice if you don't mind the extra weight of a pack item is an extension cord. I brought along a 4 ft extension cord that allowed me to plug in and keep things on or close to my bed most of the time while I slept. It was the type of cord that has one male plug for the wall and 3 female outlets to charge gear. It was a great deal of help to others from the States as well, since I was taking one outlet and offering two.
 
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NicoZ

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Past OR future Camino
2013
Most phones and tablets these days use USB chargers. You can get USB chargers with two or even four USB outlets. One potential problem is they tend to be bulky and might block a whole outlet. Makes the idea of an extension cord even better.

Browse Amazon you should be able to find USB chargers for little more then an adapter plug.
 

mustbjones

Active Member
Past OR future Camino
Fall 2013
Hi, I bought a "universal" converter and it came with TWO plugs for Europe, one for Northern, and one for Southern. Both are round, with the Northern being ever so slightly larger. Is it safe to assume that Spain is in the Southern part of Europe?
 
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whariwharangi

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cecelia said:
Hello,
It was suggested on another thread that anyone who has more than one thing to charge should try to carry one of those converters that changes the plug-in from a one plug connection to a three plug connection. I've never seen one in Canada for a European plug-in but I'm sure going to look before my next camino. I thought that was a brilliant suggestion and if most people had them it would sure help to get everything charged.
Cecelia

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t2andreo

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Past OR future Camino
2022
Wait until you are here. I bought a 3-in-1 adapter in a general store in SJPDP before starting out. Once I hit the first large town - small city in Spain (Logrono) I think, I found a more compact version in a local electrical store. Forget about large, home improvement stores in most of Spain. Along the Camino, each type of product has it's own small shop. It is just how it is done here,

Another good tip for nearly all purposes, most large towns - small cities have at least one "Oriental" or "China" Bazaar store. You can find inexpensive hardware, electrical and household devices here. I also found life-saving micro-fleece "buffs" for € 1.20 each. I bought half-dozen and gave them to people who got caught in the May "winter" and needed a warm hat. Check it out.
 
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