- Apr 27, 2005
Whoops - just saw the piccy in the earlier post and they have definitely changed from what I purchased prior.
serfty said:Travelling home from NZ a few weeks and was browsing throught the new Qantas In Flight Duty Free Catalogue. I saw this for $35:
I thought what the heck, and surprised the FAs by actually buying something...
Universal Travel Adapter
It's a one piece and actually about the same size as other single adaptors I have. I'll be giving it a test run later this week...
one9 said:Qantas, BA and CX all have a very similar travel adapter (as in the above picture). I have found the one bought on board from CX to be very good.
Maybe Kensington, that brand has the reputation in the LOTFAP.Mal said:Yep, everyone seems to have some rebadged version of that adapter - a good adapter by the way!
I am curious who first marketed it though.
Skyring said:I had to get a knife and carve out the earth socket for my Aussie laptop plug, but it was already marked out and there was no connection behind it.
SeatBackForward said:So you just cut a slot for the Earthing pin to go into? did it have any detrimental effects on the power pack you're using? I mean an earthing Pin is there for a reason, and if its not there on the adapter.....
I also carry around a small Aussie powerboard so if I'm recharging my phone and my laptop I don't need two travel adaptors. The plug on the powerboard has three pins, so I needed to carve a hole in the adaptor for the spare prong to go into, even though it connects to nothing.SeatBackForward said:So you just cut a slot for the Earthing pin to go into? did it have any detrimental effects on the power pack you're using? I mean an earthing Pin is there for a reason, and if its not there on the adapter.....
Skyring said:I also carry around a small Aussie powerboard so if I'm recharging my phone and my laptop I don't need two travel adaptors. The plug on the powerboard has three pins, so I needed to carve a hole in the adaptor for the spare prong to go into, even though it connects to nothing.
My appliances (laptop and a couple of rechargers) don't need earthing, it's just the powerboard that has the third prong.
That's handy to know. Presumably the dedicated adaptors I used to carry around are rated higher.maninblack said:Just remember that most of these universal adapters like the SwissAir have very limited current capability. Usually about 2.5 amps so you can plug in your laptop, phone or low current appliances but don't overload it. A travel iron would be about the limit but not the Birko stainless jug we used to take around when the kids were little.
Skyring said:That's handy to know. Presumably the dedicated adaptors I used to carry around are rated higher.
But I only have a few things that need an adapter:
Battery recharger (AA and AAA batteries for camera etc.)
I have a little immersion heater suitable for a mug - I'm bloody sick of trying to make decent tea with those U.S. drip filter things - but haven't tried it with my universal adaptor.
My only complaint with these things is that they can be a little ricketty. Stick it into a wall socket and hang a small transformer off the end, and I sometimes need to prop up the end if the wall socket isn't as tight as it could be.
Maca44 said:I purchased the Kingsinton travel plug adapter (described in prev posts) but the one I purchased had a USB charger with it and I bought it from Frequency Communications @ Rushcuytters Bay for $49.95. I used it on my recent trip the USA/Canada and was able to use the USB charger to charge my ipod during the flight. With the number of options I suspect the adapter covers all countries.
If you are referring to the universal mains adaptors (like Kensington) thay are aboue the same size or slighlty larger than a normal Korjo plug. The box for the one I bought onbords is a 5cm Cube.Febs said:How big is this thing compared to say a dedicated Korjo plug?
I saw them for $45 at Officeworks and was considering buying one.
Mal said:but they have some pretty interesting products in their range)