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Traveling with Electronics - Avoiding the Common Problems

traveling with electronicsIf you've moved overseas, are a frequent traveler or live and work abroad, chances are that you've ran into issues with electronics. Mainly, compatibility - as different regions of the world utilize various systems of voltage, electrical outlets, and even video systems.
While one might assume that bringing electronics along on their travels is a surefire way to prevent boredom while increasing both productivity and the ability to connect, there are certain roadblocks that stand in the way for even the most seasoned of international travelers. In this entry, we're going to focus on a few of the most common inconveniences that most worldly travelers encounter and provide ways to minimize the hassles.
Plugging In
First and foremost, the main thing that all electronics require is power. You can't do anything without a reliable power source, and depending on where you're going, it can prove more painful to simply get plugged in than anything else. Many countries and regions have differing standard voltages than what you're used to at home and while sometimes this can be resolved with a simple plug adapter, there are other times when you'll require both a voltage converter and a plug adapter. Attempting to use electronics that aren't designed for the local voltage can cause damage to your electronics, the hazard of fire and even the risk of electrocution. Visit this Voltage Converter Buying Guide to determine what you need and how to find it.
The Simple Things
While some people may prefer to employ a voltage converter for their needs or simply go without specific electronics, others opt to take along products that are designed for worldwide use and work with any voltage from 110v to 240v. Usually, these are common products such as hairdryers, electric toothbrushes or travel irons. Purchasing these products ensures hassle-free use no matter where you are and reduces the bulk of needing a voltage converter. However, beware that a foreign plug adapter may still be necessary!
A little research goes a long way and you might overlook some of the simple things such as being able to charge your phone or curl your hair for that important business meeting that's coming up.
Depending on the length and purpose of your stay, you might be tempted to bring some movies along for the trip. Or maybe you intend to plug your laptop in at the hotel and watch movies from your hard drive. That's a great way to stay entertained, especially if the local TV is filled with foreign shows in a language you may not understand. But there is a slight problem with this - first is the fact that movies are region-coded. Bringing along some DVD's from home to play in your hotel room most likely won't happen because the DVD or Blu-ray player won't play your foreign movies. Additionally, connecting your laptop via a cable directly to the TV may not work due to the varying color formats such as PAL, NTSC and Secam. But there's a better option - a portable region-free player which works on any voltage, any color system and plays discs from any region. If you've got one, you can buy local movies on the cheap, take your own with you and then plug the portable player right into the TV for a larger picture with no need for any type of converter. Check out some of the different Portable Region-Free Players here.
Getting Situated
Aside from traveling, moving abroad is quite a big step to take and there's an abundance of issues that can arise such as furnishing your new home, finding cell phone service and purchasing a vehicle. One of the biggest headaches is furnishing a home with new appliances as in other countries, most real estate purchases and even many rentals don't include even the basics. From a refrigerator, microwave and stove to washer and dryer, there can be a lot to shop for and as a newcomer, the language barrier can always be a factor in not finding fair prices or knowing where to shop for the best deals. International Relocation services available from 220-Electronics help eliminate this stress completely by evaluating your needs and providing the expertise, along with the products to make your move simple and more economical.
Overall, seeing the world is one of the most exciting and rewarding opportunities someone can have, and it's much more enjoyable when the small annoyances can be easily eliminated. For more information on the products and services we've mentioned, visit our website at