Insta Q&A: Electronics Enigma
True story: A few years back, while traveling in Italy, I plunged my entire hotel into darkness by plugging my hairdryer into the wrong kind of outlet, or something. Luckily, it was a small hotel. Anyway, I can definitely relate to the question we recently received from Nancey Parker of Maryland, who has a flatiron problem. I can't understand it, but I can relate to it. And since I'm hopeless when it comes to voltage and converters, I'm hoping someone a little more savvy can help her.
Now, pay attention, because it gets complicated. Nancey writes:
Our daughter is travelling with a group to Israel at the end of the month. When in France, she had trouble with my older voltage converter/plugs kit and her rechargeable camera batteries. Our cameras do not have dual voltage AA battery chargers. She also uses a flatiron to straighten her hair. Plugs are not a problem as many stores carry adapters here. However, everyplace I look has a different converter for low voltage batteries and for high wattage irons.
I suggested she buy a flatiron overseas, as I couldn't find any dual-voltage ones here, and they don't work well, as I have experienced. People who have gone on this trip say there are no places where she could buy a flatiron. She intends to study in the Middle East next year, and we don't think she should be hauling two separate converters abroad. It looks like we will have to get a new camera. Any suggestions?
I confess, she lost me with the camera charger. Can anyone out there (a.) understand this problem and (b.) recommend a solution?
By Christina Talcott |
February 4, 2009; 12:08 PM ET
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