3 thoughts on “Samsonite Luggage Converter/Adapter Kit, Black/Red, One Size

  1. NLee the Engineer
    42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Know the limitations of this ‘Converter Kit’ and don’t get burned, February 14, 2014
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    NLee the Engineer (Nashua, NH) –
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    This review is from: Samsonite Luggage Converter/Adapter Kit (Apparel)
    The description of this product (Samsonite Luggage Converter/Adapter Kit) 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. Isabelle T.
    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Would never buy this again!, February 22, 2014
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    This review is from: Samsonite Luggage Converter/Adapter Kit (Apparel)
    This is not a good adapter, it will ruin your small personal electric items. It toasted my electric tooth brush in Australia. Not sure what it would safely work with. My husband has another brand and he has never had a problem anywhere in the world. I should have bought the same ..not this piece of junk :(
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  3. Wendy J. Smith
    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    It may show something like 110v/240v. If it shows like that, July 12, 2015
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    Wendy J. Smith (Riverside, CA USA) –
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    This review is from: Samsonite Luggage Converter/Adapter Kit (Apparel)
    Bought 3 of these sets for our Europe trip. Did not use the converter (larger box) because we knew that all of our items we brought with us were dual voltage. (check the verbiage on your actual plug. It may show something like 110v/240v. If it shows like that, it is dual voltage so you don’t need the converter. We charged cameras, iphone’s, ipads and also used ual voltage curling irons and flat irons. We used the adapters for use in London, Paris, Switzerland, Venice, Florence and Rome, Italy with no problems at all. We did not bring hair dryers as we used the ones that were provided in the hotels. So you should not have any issues at all for the items I spoke of and countries visited LOL
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