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Video:Tips for Power Adapters and Electricity in Italy

with Gina Miller

Power adapters and electricity in Italy are different than in the United States. Watch this video to learn some great tips for traveling.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips for Power Adapters and Electricity in Italy

Hi, I'm Gina Miller, and today for about.com we are going to talk about the basics of electricity when traveling in Italy.

Basics About Power Adapters and Electricity in Italy

First, electrical sockets and plugs in Italy are far different than those in the US. As you can see the sockets and prongs in Italy are round as opposed to rectangular. Not only are the prongs and sockets different, but so is the amount of voltage. The amount of electricity coming out of a European socket is 220 volts, in the US it's 110 volts.

Converting Electricity While Traveling in Italy

But don't worry solving these differences is very easy with either an adapter or a converter. An adapter is used to modify the prongs to fit into Italian sockets. Since most electrical devices such as computers, cell phones, battery chargers, digital cameras and computer tablets will automatically convert the voltage, all you need is the adapter to modify the plugs so it will fit. Simply plug the device into the outlet as you would in the US.

Noteable Tips for Power Adapters and Electricity in Italy

Here's a precaution: always check your owners manual just to be sure your device will automatically convert the voltage. Now, a converter does exactly what it sounds like, it converts the voltage from 220 volts to 110 volts. You'll use a converter for appliances that do not automatically convert the voltage such as most hair dryers, razors and curling irons. Just plug the converter into the European outlet and your appliance into the converter.

Rule of Thumb for Using Power Adapters and Electricity in Italy

Here's a simple rule of thumb: if your electrical device has a motor or if it heats up or cools down, you probably need a converter. It's best to check your owner's manual to be sure. One last thought: converters are much heavier than adapters so they add quite a bit of weight to your luggage and most Italian hotel rooms already come equipped with hair dryers and many higher end hotels have one US outlet, so taking a converter may not even be necessary. And those are the basics of electricity when traveling in Italy.

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