Was there any less useful computer gadget than a Travel Adapter? Chunky adapters are just as unexciting as they come in a world of sleek smartphones and slimline laptops.
Unfortunately, all the sexy electronic equipment in the world is fairly worthless when you can’t charge it overseas, without those awful adapters.
Available in a ludicrous variety of sizes, shapes, and weights, with all kinds of different features, distinguishing the good from the bad isn’t easy at all. Nonetheless, we have been using travel adapters for decades, and have established the best travel adapter options worth buying.
Epicka Universal Travel Adapter
The Epicka Universal Travel Adapter stands out in a sea of near-identical travel adapters, incorporating the best of the features we’ve been waiting for. This includes the three most commonly used foreign plugs and a US-style adapter that will protect you in most countries around the world. It has the most USB ports of any universal adapter we’ve tested— four of the standard USB-A and one USB-C — and it could charge some of our devices faster. Any accidental, tragic, or unexpectedly poor connections should be taken by a replaceable fuse and an optional spare. The Epicka is fairly lightweight and well made, and even comes with an extra USB cable and a case for nylons.
Bonazza All-in-One World Travel Plug
Traveling with high-powered machines outside the U.S. is also a little difficult because you need to transform the voltage from 220 to 240 volts to 110 volt. Fortunately, there are choices such as the Bonazza All-Adapter and Converter that does the trick for you, making it much easier to fly to over 150 nations. This all-in-one solution provides the ease of realizing that you can use higher-powered appliances such as a hairdryer, without risking a blowout or a blown fuse.
This adapter converter combination is ideal beyond hairdryers for use with common products such as iOS devices, laptops, straighteners and more. The Bonazza accepts only U.S. standard style plugs for the input itself, and not foreign varieties. It’s also an ultra-portable option, at just 2.3 x 2.5x 2.8 inches and 7.2 ounces.
BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter
This BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter is so flexible that you can fill it with your favorite devices and dumbly charge for yourself. You will be blown away by the power output cleverly designed to simultaneously charge 7 devices with its 4 USB charging ports, a combined 6A output, and 3 AC sockets which support a max 250W power.
The patented design makes this a super-safe choice for tech-laden passengers, with protection against overcurrent, overload, overheat, and short-circuit. It is an all-around super-charger that operates almost everywhere in the world, and also has a 24-month guarantee.
Flight 001 4-in-1
If you are only traveling by carry-on and want something small, compact and reliable, take a look at this model of Flight 001. It’s a universal adapter, but instead of being a chunky stone, it’s comprised of four lightweight, color-coded bits that fit together easily and don’t obstruct adjoining sockets.
Although it is towards the higher end of the price range of the travel adapter the cost is expressed in the robust nature of the construction. The Flight 001 is not like many other models falling out of loose sockets, and even after many years of bouncing around the world in my luggage, all the parts of my one work as well as ever.
Unlike other adapters, it can accommodate North American two and three-pin connectors, and it comes in a small box that helpfully lists in which countries each piece works in. However, there are no USB ports, so if that’s anything you’re after, you’ll have to look elsewhere.
Bonaker Universal Travel Adapter
One suitable alternative is the Bonaker Universal Travel Adapter. It comprises the same four connector types and four USB-A ports— but no USB-C. It can’t charge as many devices as the Epicka can at full power, but it’s still quicker than most of the others we’ve reviewed. It has a replaceable fuse and a spare, too, and a carrying case comes with it.
No universal travel adapter is truly universal, however, and they’re all a lot more bulky and costly than simple plug adapters. If you want the smallest possible adapter, or if you’re going to somewhere that a universal adapter won’t fit (more about that in a minute), then a plug adapter may be what you need.
Newvanga Travel Adapter
Once it comes to traveling internationally with must-have goods, few things are more critical than a universal travel adaptor. The Newvanga Travel Adapter allows worldwide charging in more than 150 countries and is designed to operate with five different types of input plugs all in one single adapter. The dual charging ports will operate on almost any USB unit, including Android and iOS devices, laptops, MP3 players, digital cameras, GPS, and more.
The Newvanga allows 100-240V input into any available power outlet at a minimum of 6A for charging but does not transform the current or voltage of the electrical output. Compact in size at 3 x 1.4x 1.9 inches and weighing just four ounces, this travel adapter will tuck away easily in every corner of a suitcase or carry-on.
Pac2Go Universal Travel Adapter with Quad USB Charger
This one does just as it says on the box: it is a universal travel adapter that comes with a travel case of its own. Take those prongs out to power up on any 2-or3-prong international plug.
Offering almost full global coverage, this high-tech block can easily charge up to 5 devices with quad 3.5 amp USB ports simultaneously, and provides 100-250V AC voltage, 1500 watts max with an integrated 6-amp safety fuse.
Conair Travel Smart All-in-One Adapter
The Conair Travel Smart All-In – One Adapter with USB Port is a must-have travel accessory for a travel adapter which performs well, can charge more than one device at a time, and is available at a reasonable price. The all-in-one universal adapter is fitted with three outlets and one USB port, so you can charge up to four devices at once–making it perfect for families or party travelers. The system comes with built-in surge protection, so that iPads, mobile phones, laptops, and other devices can be charged securely. The charge occurs in Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, Great Britain, and North and South America.
(source: upgradedpoints.com, tripsavvy.com, thewirecutter.com, and toomanyadapters.com)