Best Electrical Adapters in 2020



UK Ireland Hong Kong Power Adapter, TESSAN International Travel Plug with 2 USB, Outlet Adaptor Charger for USA to British England Scotland Irish London (Type G) Review:


Advantage of this product compared to a normal adapter is that this will "save" the AC outlet for another device (like laptop) AND act as 2 USB chargers for phones/tablets.

Disadvantage: the product is "hard formed" for E/F EU only, and can't be used in other regions, except through another adapter.

Converts 1 Euro E/F Outlet int 2 USB ports plus 1 220-240v Outlet, for 3 plugged devices.

2 USB ports (1.5A total) will directly charge 2 phone/tablet devices (you furnish either micro USB or Lightning cables). 1.5A capacity means it will handle 2 phones OK, but tablets need overnight charge to bring it from low % to 100% when both ports are used.

1 (US) AC outlet still means your US device must handle 220-240V; most devices can handle 110-240V, but my Oral B electric brush charger does NOT (110-120V only) so you'll burn out any 120v charger if you plug in a Euro 220-240v. My Norelco shaver charger is rated for up to 240V.
Great for handling 3 devices on the night stand or elsewhere from just 1 Euro AC outlet.



Ceptics European Travel Plug Adapter, Ceptics Europe Power Adaptor Charger Dual Input - Ultra Compact - Light Weight - USA to any Type C Countries such as Italy, Iceland, Austria and More (CT-9C) Review:


I got this after my Spain/France/Italy trip. Basically, type E/F works for France/Spain/Germany, and L for Italy.Type C works for France/Spain/Germany/Italy, but as others have noted, it can fit a bit loose in a type E/F socket. This is why I also got a set of 3 E/F adapters. Type C is fine for Italy.

First, I started the trip with a single E/F adapter and an extension cord with three outlets. We rapidly filled those three outlets, and I ended up getting more adapters. I will still carry the extension cord, but now I think it makes more sense to carry several adapters and scatter them around the room. The extension cord concept led to a big mess in the middle of the room as I tried to plug all the cell phone chargers, laptop chargers, my wife's hair iron, etc.

I like the fact that these are USA plugs. I don't need to plug British appliances into European sockets, and those "super universal" adapters with all the strange front side sockets are designed to please everyone. All I need is USA sockets. Plus, the adapters I bought abroad didn't always accept polarized plugs, which several of my USA appliances have.

Last I should discuss technical/safety issues. European plugs are designed for safety, having proper grounds, and make it physically impossible for kids to touch hot electrical wires while plugging into the wall. In the USA we apparently leave that up to Darwinisim. The point being these adapters inherently remove all of the safety features of European plugs, and in addition, make it very easy to plug 110v USA appliances into 220v European power and thus burn them out, shock you or cause fires. Your safety is in your hands here.

For every appliance you bring to Europe, it should say CLEARLY on the power supply that it takes 100 volt through 240 volt power. If it does not, don't bring it. Some devices actually have a switch for 110v or 220v power, like my hair dryer. Switch that to 220v when you put it in your suitcase. Also be aware that these adapters (talking about the type C here) do not connect the ground pin to anything. Your appliances should have nothing but plastic covers, no metal, and you should keep them OUT of the bathroom and away from water.



GE Wall Tap, 1, Extra-Wide Adapter Spaced, Easy Access Design, 3 Prong Outlet, Perfect for Travel, UL Listed, White, 58368 Review:


 It expands one 3-prong outlet to 3 more 3-prong outlets. It is constructed very well, graded for up to 15 Amps, the max of most home circuits, and is exactly what you would expect. A few interesting things are the orientation of the outlets. Make sure they face in the direction that works for you. If you have big AC adapters that require more space, all 3 will not fit, and the left most side will fit only a standard plug due to it facing inward towards the wall. Also, the UL certification sticker is on the top (assuming your ground wire is on the bottom) and is noticeable if you didn't want a sticker on top. It is exactly what I need.

It is kind of bulky, has a sticker on top, and is oriented in directions that might or might not suit you. But for me it is oriented perfectly, constructed very well, supports 15A and nice rigid connections, and is great.



European Plug Adapter 2 Pack, TESSAN International Travel Power Outlet Adaptor with 2 USB, Charger from USA to Most of Europe EU Spain Iceland Germany France Italy (Type C) Review:


These worked perfectly for 2 weeks of travel in Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. No problems at all. We used all 4 USB ports for various devices without trouble, and used the US outlet for a Mac charger and a phone charger.

They seemed well-constructed and sat well in various outlets. The depth makes them a little bulky – it'd be nice to be able to fold down the prongs – but they're lightweight.

I thought they were a little expensive, but (1) together they can charge 6 devices at once and (2) it's a two-pack, so if one malfunctioned/got lost, we'd still be able to get by with the other – so I felt more confident relying on these than a larger all-in-one device.

This is *not* a voltage converter, of course, so only use dual-voltage or 220v chargers/devices in the wall plug part (seems like most phone/laptop chargers are dual). Any USB cord will work with those ports, though - the voltage is controlled.



UK Hong Kong Ireland Travel Plug Adapter 2 Pack, TESSAN Type G Power Outlet Adaptor with 2 USB for USA to London Scotland Dubai British England Irish Review:


These worked perfectly for 2 weeks of travel in Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. No problems at all. We used all 4 USB ports for various devices without trouble, and used the US outlet for a Mac charger and a phone charger.

They seemed well-constructed and sat well in various outlets. The depth makes them a little bulky – it'd be nice to be able to fold down the prongs – but they're lightweight.

I thought they were a little expensive, but (1) together they can charge 6 devices at once and (2) it's a two-pack, so if one malfunctioned/got lost, we'd still be able to get by with the other – so I felt more confident relying on these than a larger all-in-one device.

This is *not* a voltage converter, of course, so only use dual-voltage or 220v chargers/devices in the wall plug part (seems like most phone/laptop chargers are dual). Any USB cord will work with those ports, though - the voltage is controlled.



EPICKA Universal Travel Adapter One International Wall Charger AC Plug Adaptor with 5.6A Smart Power and and 3.0A USB Type-C for USA EU UK AUS Review:


My 13-year old universal adapter was too big, heavy, and bulky and was a nuisance. I bought this EPICKA brand as a necessary upgrade. I primarily chose it not only because of the small size factor, but it also contains 2 available USB ports which is what many devices use now more than 13 yrs ago. I was worried that the adapter may not work when both the AC plug and the USB port is being used at the same time. Here's the good news: I was able to plugin and power my laptop and then charge my phone through the USB all at the same time! I was happy about that! My parents are traveling overseas at the end of this month, and I'm going to let them borrow mine for their travel use. They hated my big old heavy one.

For those who are having difficulty adjusting the levers on the side, it's probably because you forgot to push the button on the opposite end. When you push that square button down, you can then slide the plugs on/off depending on the geographical location. I have attached a photo so you can see what to push down. So easy to use!



3-Prong to 2-Prong Adapter Grounding Converter 3 Pin to 2 Pin Power AC Ground Lifter For wall Outlets Plugs, Electrical, Household, Workshops, Industrial, And Appliances. Review:


A great adapter for the home. I was worried these wouldn’t be as well made as the rubber counterpart you can buy at the local hardware store but these are VERY well made, in a durable plastic that will not shatter or break. A must have for the older home without plugs for a 3-prong plug (ground wire).



GE Polarized Grounding Adapter 2 Pack, Turn 2-Prong Outlets to 3-Prong Outlets, Outlet Adapter, Easy to Install, Indoor Only, UL Listed, Orange, 14404 Review:


 I didn't realize these were meant to screw into wall outlets, I wanted to use it to connect two strings of lights. My father in law, who's an electrician/engineer and always ultra-paranoid about safety and doing things the right way, said with lights it'd be fine. It's with major amp-age stuff that you'd need to be careful, like power tools.