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What Type of Cell Phone Adapter Do I Need?

Camino(s) past & future
Walking Jun 29 - Aug 18, 2018. If we get done early, we'll tour Spain by rail
#1
I read an old post about the cell phone adapters to be able to charge my iphone SE, but the last post was a year ago. Most of the links people provided no longer worked. I get confused on what I need. Just an adapter that plugs into the cord that came with my phone? I would like to get one that allows at least two people to share the same outlet. I will also be bringing a small solar charger as a back up. I am really getting excited as it now less than a month before we leave for Paris. Thanks for your help. Ann
 

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Camino(s) past & future
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#2
You need a USB port with a Spanish plug (two circular poles). I can find them on eBay or in China stores in Spain. There are models with up to four ports. No voltage adjuster is required since your charging cord and port will take either 110v or 220v.

Leave the solar charger at home. You won't need it, and it will be just one more thing to keep track of!!
 
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 to 2018
#4
Tomnorth's solution is heavier than mine. He is correct that your adapter / charger should be dual voltage. Look at the fine print on the casing. It should say something like 110 -0 240 VAC, 50 - 60 Hz.

If it does not, or if it says "110-120, 60 Hz," your adapter will FRY if you try to plug it in in Europe.

Here is my lightweight solution, I order them 10-at-a-time here, and carry a spare:

http://www.world-import.com/WMU5.htm

All you really need is the prong-to-pin converter, NOT a power transformer. The charger for your device should accomplish that. These are so cheap that I usually give away my spare one to someone who did not plan ahead.

This is the cheapest you will find these plug adapters ANYWHERE. FYI, the same site also has the reverse item, to convert an EU multi-voltage adapter to the two-flat prongs we use in North America.

Hope this helps.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Seville-Astorga (Mar 2017). Mozarabe (Apr-May 2018)
#5
Some electrical appliances (e.g. some hair dryers) from the US will fry if you plug them into the higher European voltage. However, that is virtually never an issue for modern electronics, which are designed for the full range of voltages. To be certain, check the fine print as @t2andreo said: It should say something like 110-240 V and not 110-120.

You can use your current US charger, but you will need a small adaptor (@t2andreo provides an example) so it can be plugged into a European outlet with round pins. Once you get that adaptor, it's a good idea to fasten it with duct tape or you will likely leave it behind before long.

That is all that you need - the small adaptor to connect your charger to the wall outlet.

If you want to get fancy and have more than one USB port (assuming your US charger has only one), you can buy (in Europe or online) a new charger that is made for use in Europe, which has more than one USB port.

I agree about leaving the solar charger at home. Much simpler is one of the "power banks" that you charge separately and then connect to your phone. The advantage is that the power bank is less valuable than your phone, so you can leave it unattended while it is charging.
 

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Camino(s) past & future
Walking Jun 29 - Aug 18, 2018. If we get done early, we'll tour Spain by rail
#6
Thanks for the help. I ordered the one tomnorth suggested. That way there is room to share. I had an adapter ordered from Indiegogo.com or Kickstarter.com, one of the crowd funding sources. However it will not be ready until after my return to the states. Again thanks for the help.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Walking Jun 29 - Aug 18, 2018. If we get done early, we'll tour Spain by rail
#8
Thanks for the advice. I would not have guessed as the description does not say an SE. I might get that one also and have two just in case.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, 2013
Camino del Norte a Chimayó (USA), 2015
Camino Portugues, 2017
#9
Thanks for the advice. I would not have guessed as the description does not say an SE. I might get that one also and have two just in case.
At the risk of oversimplifying the issue and repeating some basic information that you may already know, I'll contribute the following to this discussion. You have to remember that the charging system for any phone or other small electronics consists of two components -- the charger itself, which is the little cube that you plug into the wall, and the cord that goes between that cube and your phone. If you plan to take your charger from home, then all you'll need is the small adapter that @t2andreo suggested. The one @davebugg suggested is simply a European charger which plugs directly into the wall outlets anywhere on the Camino and almost anywhere else in continental Europe (they use a different plug configuration in the UK). The cord that came with your phone has a standard USB plug at one end, and an iPhone-specific connector at the other end. Most phones other than iPhones use a different plug at the "phone end" of the cord. Since virtually all chargers for modern cellphones use the USB outlet and plug, you can plug any charging cord into any charger with a USB receptacle, as long as the other end of the cord matches the socket on your phone.

FWIW, I use one similar (but not exactly the same) as @davebugg. If you decide to use the smaller @t2andreo type adapter with your own charger, use a strip of electrical tape to securely tape the adapter to your charger, because sooner or later you'll be in a rush and when you unplug your charger the little adapter will stay in the wall socket (voice of experience here -- I lost two of those adapters on my first Camino and that's why I now use the @davebugg type chargers with the integral European pins.)
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Walking Jun 29 - Aug 18, 2018. If we get done early, we'll tour Spain by rail
#10
Thanks jimcarp for that explanation. I have plans to take my grandson to Cambodia next year. His mother is from there. I would like to do a few other European trips at some point. I will get the adapter for each area.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, 2013
Camino del Norte a Chimayó (USA), 2015
Camino Portugues, 2017
#11
Thanks jimcarp for that explanation. I have plans to take my grandson to Cambodia next year. His mother is from there. I would like to do a few other European trips at some point. I will get the adapter for each area.
Here is a link to a website that shows the electrical plug types used in different countries around the world: http://www.internationalconfig.com/wwpts/index.asp Using this chart, it looks like Cambodia uses the same plug configuration as the UK. Look at on-line retailers such as amazon.com for an adapter for any of country-specific plug configurations. Travel agencies such as AAA here in the US often sell kits with multiple adapters which fit the most common types.
 


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