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  • 1sttimesea

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    Are surge protectors recommended in Southeast Asia for iPhone charging?

    #1 Posted: 11/11/2011 - 21:13

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  • IHateHulkHo-
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    this is kinda the same thing im wondering about,but im bringing my laptop instead. Im coming from The US and wondering if I should bring my big bulky surge protrector or if they make some sorta of travel surge protector

    FYI,ill be visting Thailand and Cambodia

    #2 Posted: 12/11/2011 - 02:28

  • altmtl

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    I was told that for things like phones and laptops an adapter was enough, hair dryers and irons are another story. That's what I used last time for my battery charger.

    #3 Posted: 12/11/2011 - 02:38

  • busylizzy

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    I wouldn't bother. It would be just one more thing to carry around, and I'm sure you will have enough stuff to lug around already!

    #4 Posted: 12/11/2011 - 03:25

  • eastwest

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    surge protectors are not really necessary. Yes you do get sometimes power surges but it's not that often and I assume that you're not "plugged-in" all the time.
    The transformers (that change voltage and amps) inside the chargers do provide protection from surges but at the cost of the transformer if a surge occurs. If the transformer/charger breaks you may have to buy a new one but that certainly beats buying a new laptop or iPhone.

    If you need your appliance for work I would advice to bring a protector. Otherwise, I'd say just take the small risk and worst case scenario would be that you have to buy a new charger/adapter. Make sure you write down the specs of the chargers/transformers so it will be easier to shop around if you need to buy on.

    #5 Posted: 12/11/2011 - 03:26

  • goonistik

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    I wouldn't bring a surge protector along. Surge protectors protect against spikes and transients caused by lightning strikes. Just avoid charging during a lightning storm and you can avoid many problems. Surge protectors usually do not protect against over and under voltages.

    #6 Posted: 12/11/2011 - 06:37

  • mullaleyi

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    What about Myanmar where power supply is often erratic? What kind of protection should I have? I would like to be able to charge my camery battery and plug in my netbook.

    The surge protectors for travel I've seen mentioned elsewhere are for 120 volts only.

    #7 Posted: 20/6/2014 - 10:49

  • busylizzy

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    I've travelled in Burma and many months in places in Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, etc (accumulated over the last few years) where power supply is erratic but I've never had a problem with surges affecting my electronics. If there is an electrical/thunder storm, I tend to unplug them to be safe, but otherwise I've had no problems. If in doubt, bring one but it's never been an issue for me so far.

    #8 Posted: 20/6/2014 - 16:46

  • mullaleyi

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    Thanks.

    #9 Posted: 20/6/2014 - 17:00

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