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29 August 2011 7,240 views No Comment

How to Solve Power Issues When You Stay In A Hotel-


It doesn’t matter which hotel we stay in, whether it be expensive or cheap, we stay in, there are always issues related to power and getting the right plug, adapter or convertor. Some modern new laptops, Apple, for example, can comfortably take a range of power voltages, and there is only the issue of keeping charged or getting the right plug for the wall socket. With other devices this is not always the case. Some devices may claim to do this, and they just don’t deliver. The majority of electronic devices will only charge on the voltage of the country they were bought in. The hotels are doing a real service if they provide you with a power converter or adapter, and in my experience many of their items go missing. After extensive travel, here is my guide to solving power problems, from a solar charger, to how to buy when you travel.

Buy Online.

All of the devices you will need are available in any country, but the cost of buying them retail in a store, is ridiculous. In China, where they are all made, a simple plug adapter will only cost around 10 cents. In Hong Kong, they normally don’t sell them alone, because they will give you three or more, every time you buy something. You always need a cheap adapter, but power converters, to change the voltage, will cost a little more. They are about $30 in Hong Kong. Considering all of these items are made in China today, you know that is the base cost of the item, no matter where you buy in the world. These items will cost you more than $10 and $150 dollars respectively, just about anywhere else. Your solution is to buy them online before you travel. Popular dedicated sites and other trading sites are loaded with these products. Of course, you will pay more than in HK, but at least you will not be paying through the nose.

Buy Good Brands.

If you want your device, adapter or power converter to last, buying good brand names is important. We are talking electrical devices. Items that come out of China have varying degrees of quality. Brand names will produce in China, under their own strict guidelines. Other local manufacturers will produce poor quality knock-offs to sell at the same price. Electrical short-outs could damage your item, or even damage the electrical system of the hotel. You could be up for some considerable costs if that happens to be the case.

Going Solar.

Even some hotels are providing these newer solar devices. Solar chargers come in a range of models. You can have very small devices that look very similar to a mobile phone or there are larger models that look like a roll of plastic, powerful enough to recharge your laptop and more. By using solar power to charge your devices, you are eliminating power issues with the hotel altogether. This is particularly good in regions or hotel power supply issues are a problem. Older buildings may not be wired as well as you think, and this can create a range of issues, including power surges that will tear through your device. Investing in these devices will mean you do not have adapter or power converter issues, and you know you have a safe and steady current supplied by the sun.

We can’t always blame the hotels, and this is why it is better to be prepared. Not having power when you need it, having to wait to see if the hotel has the device you need, or going to buy in a retail store, could be very costly. Not closing a deal, or getting a job done because you do not have power is just not acceptable.

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