The best travel adapters for 2020

Whether you’re a digital nomad who works from your laptop on sandy foreign beaches or a high-powered, all business road warrior, you’re going to need a travel adapter for when you go abroad. Different countries and regions use different voltage ranges, but all-in-one adapters can convert them to a standard you can use with your phone, laptop, and a range of other mobile devices. Travel adapters can save you a serious headache — and a lot of money — as you embark on your journey. We’ve gathered some of the best multi-device travel adapters to keep you juiced up while on the move.

Xcentz Universal Power Adapter

Of all the travel adapters on our list, this offers real versatility and some handy features in a compact package. If you’re traveling through many countries, this one adapter could meet all your needs. It covers 200 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, Canada, and Japan. To switch between plug types, you press and slide one of the three buttons, each of which locks firmly in place, or you can pull out the compact European plug section. Plug your gadget into the other side and you’re all set. The Xcentz adapter includes three USB-A ports that support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0, and a USB-C port that supports Power Delivery up to 18W, so you can charge multiple devices at once. The clever feature is the adapter’s self-resetting fuse. Usually, when the fuse in your travel adapter blows, you have to replace it. This one will trip and block the overload, and you can just push the button on the side to reset it, so you can use it again without any fiddling. The universal charger is rated at 10A and supports up to 2,300W, while the pop-out EU plug is 16A and goes up to 3,680W.

Fuse Chicken Universal

This clever device packs in all sorts of charging features. There’s a slide-on plug section and it comes with plug attachments for the U.S., Europe, the U.K., and Australia. It has USB-C and USB-A ports and it can put out up to 18W. The USB-C port supports Power Delivery and the USB-A port supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 standard. But that’s not all, because it also packs a 6,700mAh battery inside for topping up on the go and it works as a Qi wireless charger. It’s the perfect travel adapter for keeping your smartphones and tablets charged up.

Epicka Universal Travel Adapter One

Epicka adapter

Epicka is an extremely serviceable choice for an all-in-one world travel adapter, covering more than 150 countries with U.S., EU, AU, and U.K. plugs. It features smart fast charging with four USB ports, one USB Type C, and one AC socket with the ability to high-speed charge six devices simultaneously. Its power maxes out at 880W at 110Vac and 1840W at 230Vac. It’s compatible with various generations of USB devices from Apple, Samsung, Huawei, and more. The device’s 8A overload dual fuse, safety shutters, and plug lock system ensure safety. The unit does not convert electrical output current and voltage.

Zendure Passport GO Travel Adapter

Passport Go

The Passport Go features four sliding tabs to reveal the different prongs and a USB-C port alongside the three USB-A ports. Thanks to GAN technology that USB-C port can output up to 30W. If you’re traveling through multiple countries, this could meet all your needs. It covers 200 countries and regions, including the U.S., U.K., Europe, Australia, Canada, and Japan. It’s easy to use, you press and slide one of the four buttons to select that plug type and it locks securely in place. Though the USB-C Power Delivery port can put out 30W, that limit is shared with the three USB-A ports. There’s an AC output for larger devices and you could charge five devices at once. Zendure’s travel adapter has a self-resetting fuse, so it will trip to block an overload from damaging your devices and then reset, ready for use again.

Saunorch International Travel Adapter

Saunorch International Travel Adapter

Saunorch’s travel adapter has sliding mechanisms for U.S., Australian, U.K., and EU plugs to cover 150 countries. You can plug one device into the top, and there are four USB ports on the side for charging additional devices like smartphones and tablets. Each USB port can output a maximum of 2.4A, but the total output is 3.4A, so if you plug in four devices simultaneously, the charging rate is slower. It has a 6.3-amp fuse built in, but you do get a spare in case it blows, and you can open the fuse cap with a coin if you need to change it. It’s available in black or blue. The black version has three USB ports and a USB-C port. The USB-C port can output 15W/3A, so it can fast-charge smartphones and tablets. This travel adapter is compact and lightweight so it fits easily in your luggage and easily slots into most outlets.

Evo Global Travel Adapter

This incredibly compact travel adapter weighs just 50 grams and fits easily in your pocket. It covers more than 150 countries and regions, including the U.S., Europe, the U.K., and Australia. The design is clever — just depress a button to slide out E.U. or U.S. prongs; you can twist the U.S. prongs to switch to an Australian plug; and there’s a detachable, slide-out prong that can be fitted to the top alongside the E.U. prongs to make a U.K. plug. The downside is that it only has two USB-A ports that offer 2.1A each for a maximum of 2.4A or 12W simultaneous output, so it’s just for charging smartphones and tablets. It’s certainly not one of the fastest chargers around, and the U.K. configuration is fiddly to put together, as you have to slide and fix the plastic dummy earth pin into place, but it works. The Evo is one of the most compact adapters you can find, and it’s reasonably priced.

Bestek Universal Worldwide Travel Adapter Set

Bestek Universal Worldwide Travel Adapter Set

If you only travel to one country at a time and you don’t mind sifting through your power adapter collection to find the right one before you go, then this set from Bestek might be your best bet. You get eight different power adapters, which cover a wide range of different countries, including the United Kingdom, Europe, India, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, and Israel. There are no frills here — these are simple power adapters that take a single plug. They’re pretty solid and should form a strong connection when plugged into most outlets.

Mu Portable International Charger

Mu Portable International Charger

Regardless of what kind of smartphone or tablet you’re packing, the Mu International charger works with it. Whether it’s Android, iOS, Samsung, or another brand, Mu charges them all via a flat tangle-free USB cable. It provides three interchangeable plug heads and works in over 200 countries, especially North America, the U.K., or the European Union. The makers of this ultra-compact, pocketable unit also claim it is the world’s thinnest portable charger.

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