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Reader Dylan emailed to ask me what travel adapter I use, and I figured it was worth a separate post, since I really do like the one I have. I mentioned it in my post last year about the nine travel gadgets I always have in my carry-on, as a good adapter really makes international travel a lot easier.
Believe it or not, back in the day I’d entirely rely on hotels and airport lounges to lend me adapters, which was ridiculous. Travel adapters are cheap, and they’re not all created equal.
On the most basic level you’ll want a universal adapter, so that you have a single adapter that can be used everywhere. That’s much better than an adapter that only converts for certain types of plugs.
But there’s more that makes a great travel adapter. I use the Travel Inspira universal power plug. What makes it awesome? First of all, it’s compact, which is of course important. But what makes it really awesome is that in addition to the standard outlet it also has two USB outlets. This means I can charge my laptop, iPhone, and iPad all at once.
This adapter is available for sale on Amazon for $12.99, though they claim it usually sells for $29.99 (I’m not sure if it’s actually on sale right now, or if it has been marked down for a long time).
Regardless, if you are looking for a travel adapter, I highly recommend this one. I’m sure there are other great ones out there, so I guess the main takeaway is that I love having a travel adapter that also has extra USB ports while still being compact, so you can charge multiple things at once. Given how often I find myself in a situation where I have limited access to outlets, it really does make a difference.
Do you have a favorite travel adapter?