This is our comprehensive guide to help you travel better with electronics. The topics included on this page include
Adapters vs Converters for Newbies
There are two very important things you need to know about traveling with electronics. First, the plug you use at home may not work in a wall socket when traveling because different countries have different plug shapes.
Second, you can’t use some of your electronics while traveling unless they’re dual voltage because countries such as the USA and Canada have 120V electricity while destinations in Europe have 220V electricity.
“In simple terms, the adapter makes your device fit in the holes. The converter changes the electric power going into it.” Just remember that they’re two different devices (there’s no such thing as a travel adapter converter!) This is when you need to know the difference between adapter and converter. Here, we explain the popular adapter vs converter question.
Our Tips & Advice
1.) Check everything before you leave. A dual voltage rated appliance will display for example ‘INPUT: 110-240V’ on the body of the appliance or its power supply. This means that you will not need a converter or transformer but just a travel adaptor, because Switzerland operates on a 230V supply voltage, which is within the 110- 240V range that the dual voltage appliance operates on.
2.) Don't take expensive electronics like fancy hairdryers , razors, or other similar dual voltage appliances. Even thought they say it should work often they burn out, we aren't sure why it just happens.
3.) Use a Surge protectors in addition to the converters and adapters... it will look crazy but may save you $100's from damaged devices.
4.) The biggest thing to remember is always know where your devices are. And, before leaving any location check to make sure you have what you came with. This can save you a ton of heartbreak and worry. Anytime you leave an item behind you are putting it at an extreme risk for theft.
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Did You Know ?
NOT ALL BROKEN ZIPPERS NEED TO BE REPLACED
Do you have a zipper giving you a problem and that you want to have it replaced?
Do you know how expensive that can be?
Do you know that repairing a zipper is a option for most broken zippers?
Enough with the questions. Let me explain... It is very common that Traveling Bags can do a zipper repair instead of a costly zipper replacement. Repairs can usually be done on purses, bags, backpacks, luggage, sports equipment and even shoes.
Zipper repair can save lots of time and money too. replacing large zippers can actually cost more than just buying a new item, but not with a quality zipper repair. Traveling Bags is the place to have your bags repaired from straps and hardware to, of course, zippers.
There are many parts of a zippers that break and can be fixed. We provide the image to the right so if you call we both have the same terminology to understand your zipper issue.
Many of these parts can be fixed just like there are many types of "Broken Zippers" and issues that can be fixed with zipper repair. Here are some great examples of things we fix everyday.
We Replace Broken or
Missing Zipper Pulls
We Fix Broken and Missing
We can Fix a Variety of Zipper Coil issues too.
For example the photo below is a bag that the zipper would have to be replaced. The bag simply costs less than a new zipper, but the owner was very attached . So a simple fix (dramatized with the black stop) allows the bag to be used with just a slight limitation of how the zippers work.
,As the picture shows a zipper stop can be added to prevent the zippers from going over the broken area, but still allow full access to the bag. Normally we use a more matching zipper stop of course. This fix can even work for gaps up to a inch or two wide depending on the bag and its use.
Of course, if none of these fixes apply we can also replace zippers too. We replace nearly all types of zippers and on Designer purses, we use what is known as a Lux zipper. It works super smooth as is constructed with specially polished teeth to not scratch your hand and arm or snag clothing.
As with all bag repairs, you simply bring your bag to our store ( You can ship it to us as well ) and we can explain some options, give you a rough estimate and even work up a full firm quote all for free. We can help you determine if it is cost effective and make a recommendation too.
The final call to having a bag repair is always yours and we completely understand that sometime the love and memories involved in your item make the item priceless in your eyes and we are always so very happy to help you keep it fully functional.
Safe Travel Every one
Burt - Traveling Bags