Electronic planning

The big thing when we travel is having to look after a growing collection of electronic devices. Firstly the computer, in my case a surfacepro laptop – 12.5″ screen and extremely thin (well in comparison to a four year old Acer!). Then the camera and its accessories – mainly the charger, and the phones and ipad.

So the first question what voltage is the standard in India? Being a former British Colony it is obviously on the British standard – 220V. How do my devices match up to 220V? Very well it seems! All of my devices are ‘dual voltage’, meaning that you can plug it into either a 110V outlet or a 220V outlet and the internals of the device will handle either.

The next question – how many outlets will I need?

An Indian outlet plug

in other words what devices will I be charging each night. The camera battery for sure, maybe the computer and definitely the Ipad or the Iphone (these can be charged on alternate days using the same charger)and my Android phone – five at least. A minimum of four at any one time. The unknown here is the number of outlets in each of the hotel rooms we will staying in. A few years ago on our winter trip to Mexico I found a useful ‘stubby’ extension cord so I bought two. That usually handles all of the devices at one time so the number of outlets needed in a room is now down to two.

the India adaptor

But India is not your normal travel experience and electronics and their protection will not be the same either. According to this fellow – Asher Fergusson, who has written a webpage about it, the problem is not the voltage but voltage “Spikes”. Something we do not worry about in normal travels in Europe or the Americas. His solution is here: a special adaptor plug.