Which Plug Do I Need For My Destination?

It’s important to know about plug adapters and electricity when it comes to packing for your trip. In many destinations, you’ll find common plug types such as European (type C) and American (type B), but this isn’t always the case in some popular Himalayan Footsteps® destinations including Nepal and India.

Hotels and properties across the world are getting better at providing adapters in rooms for guests however this can’t be relied upon everywhere. Top Tip: Pack a 4 gang extension lead and connect it to your plug adapter, a great way to charge multiple items from one socket!

World Socket Types

World Socket Types Himalayan Footsteps Blog image

World socket types collection.

Plug Adapter Type & Voltage By Country

The United Kingdom | G | 230V
Bangladesh | A, C, D, G, K | 220V
Bhutan | C, D, G | 220V
China/Tibet | A, C, I | 220V
India | C, D | 230V
Burma/Myanmar | A, C, D, G, I | 230V
Nepal | C, D | 230V
Sri Lanka | D, G | 230V

Portable Charger For Your Travel Tech

Electronics are an essential must pack item for us now when we travel to keep our vital tech alive. A portable charger, otherwise known as a power bank, is a wise investment for your travels to Himalayan Footsteps® destinations.

Portable power banks are a life saver, having your phone battery die during a great adventure can be a real disappointment and struggle. Power your phone and other techs from your pocket, here are some key features to look out for:

Physical Size: Shapes, dimensions, and weight. Physical size and battery capacity go hand in hand. If you are looking for an ultra portable charger, battery size will suffer.

Battery Capacity: You’ll want to determine how much power you need and how often you’ll want to charge your power bank. Just in case of emergencies, a power bank under 5,000 mAh will be adequate. If you want multiple uses before having to recharge it, go for more than 10,000 mAh.

USB Ports: The more ports the power bank has, the more devices you can charge.

Charging Output: Most portable chargers will come with either a 1A or 2.1A output port or both, the higher the amperage, the faster the device will charge assuming it’s compatible. Power banks capable of charging laptops will likely come with a 3A port.

Casing and Material: If you plan on using your external battery pack outdoors, you’ll want to choose one made of durable materials like aluminium or silicone.

Electricity In Developing Countries

Developing countries tend to have power failures more often than high-income places. Some less developed places may have at least an hour without electricity per week. Also when there is power, there may be brownouts (lower voltage) and power spikes. In some places, power is even switched on only for certain periods of time. For some places, it would be a fine idea to get a surge protector to keep your electronics safe from voltage fluctuations.

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