This is part 1 of what will be a multi-part series on traveling with technology. As a blogger, technology entrepreneur and an extreme world traveler, I probably have as good an idea as anyone on what you need to know if you are going to travel with electronic gadgets. I’ll be posting a new update to the series each Saturday until it is over. I expect this series to run about 3 months given all the subjects I have outlined.
Electrical systems are easily the most confusing and least standardized thing travelers have to deal with. Back in the early 20th Century, there were a hodge-podge of electrical systems as different regions developed their grids independently of each other.
Today we are stuck with a bunch of standards that will confuse most travelers.
There are two primary ways in which electrical systems differ in different countries: voltage and electrical outlets (aka plugs, sockets or power points).