Next summer, in June 21, I will be in Spain, with a group of students from my university. Before I get there (like two or three weeks before) I plan on buying a Nikon D700 and take it to Spain. Since the camera batteries are the rechargeable type, and voltage in Europe is 220 as opposed to 110 (in the US), what do I do to recharge my batteries?
Granted, it's too early and what not, but I simply would like to know. I still intend to buy my camera; only that buying it AFTER the trip makes no sense.
As noted above, just get an adapter plug or a new cord with the correct type of plug. But I expect the adapter plug is cheaper and there are some that support multiple syles of plugs for other countries.
You guys mean that, if there were no difference between plugs in the US and Spain, I simply could plug the battery recharger in the outlet and be done with it?
I think I can ask about the types of plugs I may face and get the correct type... Although, now that I think about it, how many variations can there be? It will have either two prongs only, or two plus the ground prong.
>You guys mean that, if there were no difference between plugs >in the US and Spain, I simply could plug the battery recharger >in the outlet and be done with it? > >I think I can ask about the types of plugs I may face and get >the correct type... Although, now that I think about it, how >many variations can there be? It will have either two prongs >only, or two plus the ground prong.
Look at the back of your Nikon charger - as mentioned previously here it clearly states 110-220V. Most manufacturers of cameras, music players and other electronics supplied with chargers make only one charger that can be used basically anywhere in the world. All you need is the correct plug adapter. Laptop chargers, iPod chargers, phone chargers, Nikon battery chargers and almost every other kind of charger switch automatically when they detect a 220V power supply. Radio Shack sells blister packs of adapters for Europe, China, Japan, etc., etc. You can also go here for a comprehensive and easy-to-understand guide to the sorts of plug adapters you need around the world:
>Note that hair dryers are not on that list. I have seen the >dramatic results of plugging in a US hair dryer in Europe. >(Bang, smoke, darkness)
. . . and an angry hotel maintenance technician.
Once again, check the electrical listing label on your devices and chargers. If they're 110V-220V rated, they'll automatically switch over to 220V when plugged in. Some older devices actually feature a 110V/220V physical switch that you have to change, but I haven't seen one of those on a device or charger in more than ten years.
The plugs are always two prongs only. The high power versions have the ground connector on the external part of the plug, but the pins are identical.
You can see here the standard low power version (this is the end plug of the charger for my D300, by the way), a high power version, a typical adaptor similar to what you will need and also the wall socket you will find everywhere in Spain.
My tip for travelling around Europe and any other country is based on minimal weight and flexibility. If you want to travel light then do it my way....
Buy a lead for your charger with two parallel flat pins. Most hotels, homes, toilets, etc, have a shaver socket which accepts two flat pins. Some countries like Japan have the same two flat pin main sockets also.
For connection to all other 'mains' socket outlets, buy a simple mains-to-two-flat-pin adaptor when you arrive. These adaptors are a whole lot cheaper, smaller, lighter and reliable than the multi-convertors that are sold in airports. Some hotels will loan you this type of adaptor free.
I have travelled Europe, the middle east and far east extensively for 30 years and find this the best way.