3 thoughts on “Samsonite Converter/Adapter Plug Kit With Pouch Black/Red

  1. NLee the Engineer
    27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Know the limitations of this ‘Converter Kit’ and don’t get burned, May 16, 2014
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    NLee the Engineer (Nashua, NH) –
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    The description of this product (Samsonite Converter/Adapter Plug Kit with Pouch) says: “1600 watt converter to transform 220V electricity to 110V”, and “applications including most travel irons, hair dryers and garment steamers”. Only when you received the actual product will you see this WARNING printed on the back: “Do not use with power tools or electronic circuitry (i.e. computers, fax machines, TVs, VCRs, stereos, battery chargers, etc.)”

    To convert a 220V sinusoidal waveform into 110V sinusoidal waveform, you need an AC transformer. This is the only safe way to operate 110V-only electronic devices from 220V outlets. This converter, on the other hand, simply uses an electronic switch to ‘chop’ the 220V sinusoidal input voltage into smaller segments, such that the average power delivered to output load is reduced. This is the same principle used by most incandescent lamp dimmers. It works reasonably well for simple HEATING appliances, such as travel irons or hair dryers. But if you try to power an 110V-only electronic appliance through this converter, the high-voltage stress will likely cause the appliance to break down and burn out within seconds!

    This is not to say that this product is completely useless, only that you have to be EXTREMELY careful about what you can plug into it. Unfortunately, some appliances fall into the grey area between ‘heating’ and ‘electronic’. For example, most people will classify a curling iron (hair straightener) as a heating appliance. Yet it contains electronic circuit and will be damaged by this converter.

    The good news is that most portable electronics (such as chargers for cameras, cell phones, laptops, etc) are already designed to handle universal input voltage. Check the AC adapter of your appliance to make sure. If it says “Input: 100 – 240V AC”, then you don’t have to use a voltage converter at all. All you need is a set of adapter plugs (such as the inexpensive Travel Smart Polarized Adapter Plug 5 Piece Set), which allows you to physically plug into AC outlets in other countries, and you are good to go.

    Finally, check with the hotel of your destination to see if your room is already equipped with a hair dryer. If that is the case, you’ll have two less items to pack for your trip.

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  2. M. Mori
    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Complete waste of our money, February 1, 2015
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    M. Mori
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    This review is from: Samsonite Converter/Adapter Plug Kit With Pouch
    Didn’t buy this here but want to warn potential buyers: Back of card warns not to use with “electronic circuitry” (i.e. computers…battery rechargers). I dare say this is the reason most of us want/need such a converter. Complete waste of our money.
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  3. chessie_blue
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Don’t bother, April 18, 2015
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    This review is from: Samsonite Converter/Adapter Plug Kit With Pouch
    Junk. Used it for one trip and it burned out. Replaced fuse and never worked again. Used on low powered device (tablet).
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