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I am traveling to France for 2-3 months for work and staying at a hotel. So I know I will have limited number of plugs. I also don't want to buy or carry that many electrical adapters (US to France/Europe..etc) in order to plug things in. So I think I need a travel power trip.

I currently have a Belkin 3-outlet 1 AMP travel charger surge protector (http://www.amazon.com/3-Outlet-Ch...B0015DYMVO). Sadly based on the amazon reviews, this doesn't support 240V. And looking at the surge protector itself it said "electrical rating:120VAC, 15A 60Hz 1800W" and Voltage protection rating "1200V L-G 1200V N-G 1200V" So I don't think this will work in a 240V country. So I am trying to think of my options...

so my first option I thought of: I do have a voltage transformer, so I think I can plug that in (upside down so the ground port isn't plugged in). So my question is, if I were to plug my power strip into a transformer,. would that make all the outlets on the power strip 120V? I have an older camera charger that is 120V only. So that is one of my question

My second option is buy a new power strip that support 120-240V input.Can anyone suggest a good travel power strip that has 120-240V? I am hoping to spend less as possible (under $20) and hoping it is amazon prime or shoprunner, since I am leaving in about a week.
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I think you mean 220V.

I have that same belkin unit but the 2Amp USB and it does work for 220V. I took it to Germany a few months ago and used it alot. I was able to confirm the voltage with Belkin support.

As far as your camera charger you will need a voltage converter, or a new charger (might be easier (What camera, almost all are dual voltage)) The belkin won't do this, it's just a power strip that passes power through. I had 2 1ft extension cords that I found very useful, to get more things onboard. All of my electronics supported dual voltage.
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I think you mean 220V.

I have that same belkin unit but the 2Amp USB and it does work for 220V. I took it to Germany a few months ago and used it alot. I was able to confirm the voltage with Belkin support.

As far as your camera charger you will need a voltage converter, or a new charger (might be easier (What camera, almost all are dual voltage)) The belkin won't do this, it's just a power strip that passes power through. I had 2 1ft extension cords that I found very useful, to get more things onboard. All of my electronics supported dual voltage.

That is good to know. So the people who posted on the review site are incorrect? I meant 230V. Based on http://kropla.com/electric2.htm France's voltage is 230V.. so would a 220V power strip work for 230V?
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That is good to know. So the people who posted on the review site are incorrect? I meant 230V. Based on http://kropla.com/electric2.htm France's voltage is 230V.. so would a 220V power strip work for 230V?
Germany is 230V too so your fine with the belkin at least what I have. I think the problem with reviews on amazon etc, is that people don't know what they are talking about. You don't know if the outlet is wired wrong, you don't know if the device can't accept the higher voltage or different cycle, etc. Before you leave confirm with Belkin the product you think will work, I suppose there are different versions that look similar too. So many variables in this and people tend not to know much about it. I found it hard to decifer but just went with the best info I had.
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Germany is 230V too so your fine with the belkin at least what I have. I think the problem with reviews on amazon etc, is that people don't know what they are talking about. You don't know if the outlet is wired wrong, you don't know if the device can't accept the higher voltage or different cycle, etc. Before you leave confirm with Belkin the product you think will work, I suppose there are different versions that look similar too. So many variables in this and people tend not to know much about it. I found it hard to decifer but just went with the best info I had.
Thanks for that. after seeing your first post, I reached out to Belkin via twitter.. so let's see if they respond tomorrow..
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Thanks for that. after seeing your first post, I reached out to Belkin via twitter.. so let's see if they respond tomorrow..
Thats how I did it. Good luck.
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I came to this thread to recommend this one:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...UTF8&psc=1
It doesn't list itself as 220 compatible, but the reviews confirm that it is. I've used mine internationally several times, and they work perfectly.

The funny thing is, I bought that one because I also own the Belkin that you have, and thought it wasn't 220 compatible. Looks like it is. If you need a second one, the one I linked above is good (it's nice to have a little bit of a cord sometimes), but if not, the Belkin should do it for you [amazon.com]. Just make sure you've got a plug adapter so that it fits the wall outlet.

To answer your original question, yes, plugging a power strip into a voltage converter will make all the outlets on the strip 110. Just be careful not to plug too much into it - the converters all have a limit to how much they can convert. And hair dryers are pretty much always a no no, unless your converter is specifically made to work with them.

Honestly, it's easiest if you just take as much dual-voltage stuff as possible, and just use them directly on 220(/230). Just use the voltage converter for the few items you may have that only take 110.
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I've carried a small 3 plug extension cord that accepts 110-240V and just used a plug converter while traveling. Never had any issues as long as my electronics can handle 110-240V.
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