Are surge protectors recommended in Southeast Asia for iPhone charging?
#1 1sttimesea has been a member since 11/11/2011. Posts: 1
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 IHateHulkHogan has been a member since 14/8/2011. Posts: 6
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.
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.
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 mullaleyi has been a member since 21/3/2014. Posts: 2
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.
#9 mullaleyi has been a member since 21/3/2014. Posts: 2