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March 22, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 151

It has happened to some of us at some point or another; you've just booked into your dream hotel, needed to straighten your hair or found that you have to charge your phone or laptop. Then it strikes you, your plug does not fit in the socket.

Struggling to buy adaptors or even step-down transformers when on holiday or at a club can be a nightmare and often cost a small fortune - and you find yourself either being charged too much or without your mod-cons for the duration of your stay.

Europe, and more importantly Spain, being one of the most popular timeshare locations has meant that buying travel adaptors is much, much easier than it was. So really it is often the case of being armed with the most appropriate knowledge so you can be content in the fact that you will not be in for a big shock when you get to your villa or apartment.

Whenever you pack gadgets on holiday there are two things you must first be aware of; firstly, the type of plug, secondly - and far more significantly- the voltage. The plug/socket type is significant as it will physically determine whether or not you can actually plug your appliance in. Spain uses a round, two pin Euro plug - a common thing on the continent of which you will also see in France, Germany and other countries.

I must impart here that the voltage is the most significant thing that you ensure is correct, this is because you could ruin your gadget or possibly start an electrical fire. To check your voltage you must seek out "input" written on the plug or AC adaptor depending on what you've got. In some cases where the information can't be found you can look at the manual or ask the manufacturer for more details. Once you ascertain the information you need to look for a number ending in a "V" which means the voltage.

Some appliances can be ran off alternate or differing for e.g. 100-240v means that it will work anywhere within 100 volts or 240 volts or 115/230v means it can be alternated between either 115 or 230v. If there is only a lone number (i.e. 120v) that indicates it can be that voltage only. A US appliance (usually 120v) being used in Europe would not work, because European mains use 220-240v. If you were to just employ an adaptor in this moment without altering the voltage this would at minimum "fry" the device and render it useless.

The Spanish national grid runs off 220-240v, so if you live in Europe, the UK or anywhere else which uses the same, you just need is a plug adaptor. If you live further away like the US or Canada, where the voltage is differs, you will require a step-up/step-down transformer. The transformer can "step-up" the voltage or "step-down" depending on the voltage, making sure that your device is not fried.

It has to be said that if you plan on utilising your Anfi timeshare regularly you may want to look into buying appliances which will work straight off the mains, although if you've got floating weeks in different countries or Diamond Resorts Points (DRI points), you still should prepare yourself first.

James Howson is a seasoned timeshare and fractional ownership expert with over 10 years of experience buying timeshares and Diamond Resorts Points (DRI Points).

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