Recommendations for the best worldwide travel charger

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Ourmanin

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

Member since 08 Jun 2018

Total posts 97

With the better half having 'borrowed' my long serving SK Ross charger (combined with her travelling more now as well), I am in the market for a new world-wide travel charger. I just thought I would ask anyone out there if they had any particular suggestions. For what its worth my main requirements / considerations are (in no particular order);
1. Must be as world-wide as possible, as I do travel a lot and to a significant number of countries.
2. Ideally reasonably compact
3. USB sockets are ideal for phone, tablet, etc. It would be pretty much exclusively used for powering my travelling technology.
4. I use a Mac, so anything particularly Mac / Apple 'friendly' would be great.

Think that probably about it.
One other point, my Portable Power Pack has died also recently, any suggestions on the best ones of those out there?

Thanks all!!!

Hogies

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 22 Feb 2013

Total posts 8

Hi Ourmain, the prefect charger fot you:

https://oneadaptr.com/pages/landing-twist

Hogies

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 22 Feb 2013

Total posts 8

the best traveller charger on the market: 

https://oneadaptr.com/pages/landing-twist

dp

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 16 Jan 2015

Total posts 23

If your a mac user, one adaptor is great. https://oneadaptr.com/products/twist-plus-world-charging-station
Only thing i ever need for international travel

David

Member since 24 Oct 2010

Total posts 986

There's a slew of multi-socket adaptors out there, and most of the better ones include one or two USB ports. However, my new fave is this one from HK-based XPower – the WC3PD – and I reckon it could be perfect for you.


I discovered it at Hong Kong's Mongkok Computer Centre during a trip in March this year. It's a replacement AC adaptor for the MacBook with a solid 60W output, so you can leave your standard adaptor at home (which I love, because the regular powerbrick now lives in my office and the XPower lives in my tech 'grab-bag'); there's a USB-C socket into which you plug your MacBook (tip: buy a decent and preferably tough USB-C cable so this too can live in your traveltech bag); plus a pair of standard USB sockets rated at 2.4A so they've got the juice to handle tablets and larger smartphones; AND, the cool bit, it includes plugheads for UK, EU and AU sockets, while the 'native' prongs are US (you flip 'em out to connect to a US powerpoint or flip 'em up to accept a plughead adaptor). Current list price is HKD$328, although at MCC mine was HKD$348 – either way you're talking A$60, which I rate as an absolute bargain for all that it does and how it's made my life so much easier!


Oh, if you are in HK and head to MCC or its Wanchai equivalent to pick up one of these chargers, XPower also makes a versatile three-in-one USB cable with Lightning, USB-C and microUSB plugs which might be worth looking for. I grabbed one of these because it replaces three stand-alone cables, works with my iPhone and iPad, and it's very long and nylon-coated, making it practical and durable while on the road. Can't recall the price but it wouldn't have been very much.


Last editedby David at Aug 02, 2018, 09:42 PM.

martinpd

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 04 May 2014

Total posts 4

Without adoubt the Skross PRO + USB.
I've travelled to over 50 countries and I take this with me everywhere and never had any problems. Also Swiss designed, so you know it's going to be good!!!

Martin Haynes

Member since 13 Sep 2016

Total posts 17

That's a very cool solution for a MacBook Pro, David, I am going to add one of those to my shopping list! Apple should produce something just like this as an accessory for travellers.

Ourmanin

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

Member since 08 Jun 2018

Total posts 97

Thanks David, sounds like an excellent solution, especially as a trip to HK is on the cards in a couple of weeks time!

Ourmanin

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

Member since 08 Jun 2018

Total posts 97

Without adoubt the Skross PRO + USB.
I've travelled to over 50 countries and I take this with me everywhere and never had any problems. Also Swiss designed, so you know it's going to be good!!!

martinpd - completely agree, always been a fan of skross product.

jaredw

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 13 Jan 2014

Total posts 57

Just remember that a MacBook Pro willl draw 87w so if you use that 60w charger and do anything CPU intensive it will drain the battery even on charge.

Ross

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 10 May 2014

Total posts 74

Another Skros PRO + USB fan, have 2 and they go everywhere with me plus a 4 point, multi plug power board.
Last editedby Ross at Aug 02, 2018, 05:18 PM.

David

Member since 24 Oct 2010

Total posts 986

Just remember that a MacBook Pro willl draw 87w so if you use that 60w charger and do anything CPU intensive it will drain the battery even on charge.

That's a good clarification: the 15 inch MacBook Pro does indeed draw and come with an 87w adaptor, however I use the 13 inch model which is rated for 60 watts, which is why I opted for this XPower adaptor. I don't believe XPower has an 87w model so yes, if you have a 15 inch MacBook Pro this is something to bear in mind.

pearsonlive

Member since 10 Jul 2015

Total posts 9

I wouldn't leave home without my Polaroid International Power board.


It has an interchangeable plug like an iPhone charger and provides 4 USB ports and 2 Australian sockets for items that can't be powered by USB..



Last editedby pearsonlive at Aug 03, 2018, 12:12 PM.

mcs_095

Member since 06 Feb 2014

Total posts 3

+1 for the SKROSS product - never had any issue anywhere I've been using them.

boris45

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 23 Feb 2017

Total posts 15

I have 2 different travel adapters.
Number 0 purchased from Qantas Type SWA1.1 has 650W at 220V and 275W at 110V and 1 removable USB port. It is crap as the terminals don't always connect to the power source.
Number 1 I received free from an agency. It is rated at 1500W at 240V and has 2 inbuilt USB ports. It is brilliant and has connected to power terminals in all types of advanced and third world countries. No need for a power board as the 2 USB are sufficient. Sorry if I cannot be more specific.

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