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Build your own travel power adapter

Most travel adapters for power sockets are not only expensive and bulky but they have as well connectivity problems. The contact is often not reliable and you have to shake the power cord until it finally works for a few minutes.

In times of international shipping and ebay it's quite easy to buy power cords from another country. Just search for "power cord" maybe in combination with the country name. Having a proper power plug from the other country allows you to build a travel adapter.

search for EU power cord on ebay


The best solution is usually not go to the hardware store to buy a screw-on socket but to cut off the end of a small extension cord or power bar. Just get some heat shrink tubing and solder the cable ends together.

This allows you to build a very nice travel adapters not only for a single device but you can use it to power multiple devices at the same time.

Here are some examples:

A travel adapter based on the 2 prong Euro-plug is useful for many countries even outside of mainland Europe:
build EU travel adapter
build EU travel adapter



Here are some other power adapters for Europe and China/Australia with proper ground pins:
build EU travel adapter



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