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12-04-2016, 08:23 AM   #1
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K-5 battery charger adapter for Caribbean travel

Hi Everyone,

I'm planning a trip overseas and am told to bring an adapter for all my electronics that will allow me to plug into "European style" outlets. The hotel where I'm staying uses US-style 110 volt (60 cycle), as well as 220 volt (50 cycle), and European-style two-prong round plugs. Not sure which of these I'll find in my room, so I want to be prepared.

The charger I bring needs to be "multi current."

Can anyone recommend an adapter for use with the Pentax K-5 camera battery charger, that will allow me to use the 220 volt and/or European-style two-prong round plug?

Thanks in advance!

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The specs on my K-5 charger state 100-240 Volts, you won't need an adapter. Which is pretty common for most electronics manufactured outside the US, it's cheaper to buy/manufacture multi-voltage battery chargers to package with the devices than it is to have a separate line of chargers for each country/region.

Places like Target sell adapters for US plugs to fit into other outlets.
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Just to elaborate on what robski said, the Pentax charger is capable of handling any type of power source. The only thing you need is a physical adapter to let you plug your 2-blade US cable into a 2-pin European outlet. Some like this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0036VJ1OQ/

Note that you should not use such an adapter with a device that only works with 120V, e.g. a lamp or something with a motor. But the vast majority of electronics will work. Always read the label on the device to be sure, it is usually printed as "Input".
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Be aware that there is not a "European" style, the British, of course , have their own plugs. Depending on where you travel you may need more than one adapter.

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A K-5 D-BG4 battery grip (or clone) with an AA battery tray in it may also help.
AA batteries are internationally available.
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To Which countries in particular are you travelling?

Once you have that list, look here: Plug & socket types - World Standards
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QuoteOriginally posted by Brucie Quote
Hi Everyone,

I'm planning a trip overseas and am told to bring an adapter for all my electronics that will allow me to plug into "European style" outlets. The hotel where I'm staying uses US-style 110 volt (60 cycle), as well as 220 volt (50 cycle), and European-style two-prong round plugs. Not sure which of these I'll find in my room, so I want to be prepared.

The charger I bring needs to be "multi current."

Can anyone recommend an adapter for use with the Pentax K-5 camera battery charger, that will allow me to use the 220 volt and/or European-style two-prong round plug?

Thanks in advance!

Brucie
to answer your request for a specific recommendation - this is what we took to Holland and Tanzania (please don't ask me what any of the stuff below means and I am not saying that you need it: an adapter plug (US style to the "foreign" style) may be all you need)

Bestek 200 W Portable power Adapter and Converter

model MRJ201GU,

which has marked on it the following:

INPUT VOLTAGE: 90-240 VAC 50/60 Hz,

OUTPUT: 200 W RATED, 230W MAX

OUTPUT: 100 - 120 VAC 60 Hz

(2 X 2.4 A, 2 X 1A)

4 X USB PORTS OUTPUT: DC 5V/4.2A rated (5v+-0.25V/6.0a max)

it has 3 x multiple prong (3) ports, 4 USB ports and the unit came with physical adapters for the different physical plugs you might find through out the world.

it is about the length of a dollar bill (+/-) and 1.5" thick plus a 3 ft +/- cord.

I would also recommend taking at least 1 multi prong plug (3 prong/ground) We always called them a "cheater" plug because you plugged in a 2 prong plug into it and then the whole thing into a grounded electrical outlet

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That converter would be pretty useless in most parts of the world, including Holland and Tanzania - it can't handle 220-240 volts input.

It looks like its main use is to ensure you get 60Hz output when the input is 50Hz.

Are you sure the input reads 90-120v?

I'd better go and check it on the 'net.


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QuoteOriginally posted by p38arover Quote
That converter would be pretty useless in most parts of the world, including Holland and Tanzania - it can't handle 220-240 volts input.

It looks like its main use is to ensure you get 60Hz output when the input is 50Hz.

Are you sure the input reads 90-120v?
if that is directed to me, I don't know electronics.
all I know is that It is what worked for us with no problems at all in Holland and Tanzania, that is all i know. the nice thing about it was it gave us the ability to plug in multiple electronic devices into it while only needing one wall plug

WHOOPS, NO COFFEE YET,

240 VAC

thank you very much for your help. I have corrected the error in the original post.

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Aha! That's betterer
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Thank you all for the replies! I appreciate your help.
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