EA320 Travel Plug Adapter for IEC-60320 C13 Line Socket

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If the device you need to plug in abroad is already compatible with the voltage being supplied by the foreign outlet, or if your device is multi-voltage compatible, a plug adapter is all you need. The good news is almost all chargers for laptops, tablets and iPads, smartphones and iPhones, digital cameras, etc. are in fact multi-voltage compatible!

To confirm that, check your charger and look for something to the effect of "Input: 100-240V". If it says that, then you can take that device just about anywhere in the world, and the voltage won't matter. The only issue is changing the shape of the plug so that it can plug into the foreign outlet, and that's precisely what a plug adapter does.

  • The safest and most reliable way to plug into an IEC C13 socket
  • Used in 17 U.S. embassies, and by all branches of the U.S. military
  • The only adapters that can handle the full amperage of the outlet
  • The first significant innovation in adapter technology in over 25 years
  • Meets IEC 60884-2-5 Amperage Rating / Temperature Rise standards

This plug adapter changes the shape of an appliance's plug so that it can plug into an IEC 60320 C13 line socket.

The receptacle side of the adapter can accept any standard household plug type from any country, except the Type M (South African SABS 1661) plug.

The plug side is an IEC 60320 C14 plug. The plug is grounded and polarized.

Our EA Series plug adapters have recently been completely re-engineered from the inside out. It's the first significant advancement in plug adapter technology in 25 years! The redesigned internal structure makes these plug adapters the only ones on the market that meet IEC 60884-2-5 Amperage Rating / Temperature Rise standards.

Don't know what that means? We'll explain why it's incredibly important. But in the meantime, here's the short answer: It's the reason why our adapters are the only ones the US Military, the US Department of State, the US Department of Homeland Security, and 17 US Foreign Embassies trust enough to use for their mission-critical applications.

 

Plug Adapter Fire

Be safe! Don't let this happen to you!

Oh, it happens all the time. Which is why the "Just buy an adapter when you get there, you can find them anywhere for a few bucks." comments you may have seen on travel forums are bad advice. Most adapters sold in foreign countries would be illegal to sell in the United States and Canada. Why? Because they wouldn't pass safety standards.

It's honestly frightening how little thought many people give to something that stands between them and the complete destruction of their expensive devices and appliances. Or worse yet, a fire. Electricity is a deadly serious matter. Give it the respect it deserves. Don't let a few bucks, or just plain indifference, put you in a potentially dangerous situation. Plug adapters are not "all the same." Not by a long shot.

Most plug adapters, even ones sold in the US and Canada, can only handle up to 6 amps of electricity. (As long as they're labeled as such, they're "legal" but that doesn't do you much good if you don't know or care what "amps" means.) The problem is that every household wall outlet in the world is capable of supplying at least 10 amps. In the UK, it's 13 amps. In North America, it's 15 amps. In the EU, it's 16 amps. What that means is that a generic plug adapter can easily be overloaded. An 1800-watt hair dryer draws 15 amps, for example. That's more than twice the amps a generic plug adapter can handle. What happens then? Well, first the adapter melts. Then it catches fire. Quickly. The horror stories are numerous. Don't let it happen to you!

Our EA Series adapters don't have that extremely serious problem, because they're the only adapters on the market that are rated to the full amperage of the wall outlet they're designed to plug into. (Furthermore, they're actually tested at 25% to 40% higher than that, for a full hour.) Bottom line? Our EA Series adapters simply can't be overloaded. You'd trip a breaker (or "blow a fuse" if you're of a certain age) in the building before you could ever approach any kind of overload that would cause our adapters to melt or catch fire. It's the reason why the US Military and State Department will use only our adapters.

 

Cheap Fake Plug Adapters

Don't be fooled by mass-marketed knockoffs. They're unreliable at best, legitimately dangerous at worst.

Image 1 is a typical plug adapter you'd buy from a street vendor abroad. Shockingly, these are also available in US and Canadian "travel shops" at airports and online. They're bad news. They're usually not labeled to indicate their amperage/wattage ratings, and you're lucky if they support a paltry 3 amps. You might as well try to connect your device or appliance with a couple of paper clips wrapped in rubber bands. (Note: Please don't try that.) The outer shell is made of ABS plastic, which will melt and catch fire within 30 seconds if overloaded.

Image 2 is a slightly better constructed adapter, the kind you might find in an airport travel shop or online. But it still only supports 6 amps, or about half of what the outlet is capable of supplying. Worse yet, see that second receptacle on the top? These adapters are often marketed as "2 in 1" as if that's a feature. It's not a feature, it's a bug. That adapter is just begging to be overloaded. It can barely support the amps being drawn by one device or appliance, let alone two.

Images 3 and 4 are so-called "multi-adapters" or "all in one" adapters. And that seems like a good idea, at least in theory. Unfortunately, as a practical matter, they present a multitude of problems. For one thing, moving parts. Moving parts are bad. There's a reason power cords and their plugs don't have moving parts. Moving parts (or, worse yet, "floating parts" which only stay connected because they're pressed together, but aren't permanently connected) can be dangerous when those parts work themselves out of position. Especially when those parts are carrying electric current. Ever see someone hold two bare wires close together, but not touching, and there's an electrical arc that looks like a tiny lightning bolt? Yeah. That's what happens when "floating parts" aren't quite where they're supposed to be. And needless to say, that kind of situation isn't exactly ideal.

Furthermore, in an effort to keep these overly-complicated adapters as compact and lightweight (and profitable) as possible, manufacturers cut back on the materials. Less metal on the inside equals less conductivity, which results in more electrical resistance, which creates heat. Heat is bad. Especially when the outer shell of the adapter is made of cheap ABS plastic, which will melt and catch fire. Cheap materials + as little of those materials as possible + moving/floating parts = breakage. Don't even think about dropping it.

 

Our EA Series Adapters are built the right way

Our EA Series Plug Adapters: the only ones that are actually built the right way, with the right materials

We'll say it again: plug adapters are not "all the same." Not by a long shot. Our EA Series plug adapters are the only adapters on the market that can actually be considered safe and reliable. Why? Superior materials and engineering. No shortcuts taken, ever. It's why ours are the only adapters that can't be overloaded, won't melt, and won't catch fire.

The conductive metal parts inside our adapters are made of phosphorus copper, which is second only to silver in terms of conductivity. It's the same stuff the wires in your appliance's power cord, and the wires in the wall connected to the outlet, are usually made of. Generic adapters use brass, which is about 70% less conductive than copper. Lower conductivity is bad, because A) the adapter can't handle as much electricity, and B) lower conductivity means higher electrical resistance, which creates heat. Heat is bad!

Furthermore, all connection points inside our adapters are riveted. No moving parts, no "floating" parts. Not only does this make our adapters virtually unbreakable, this combined with the phosphorus copper is why our plug adapters are the only adapters capable of handling the full amperage of the wall outlet they're plugged into. Generic adapters use "pressed-on" connections, which is another reason they can only handle up to 6 amps. It's also why they tend to break so easily.

Meanwhile, our adapter's outer shell is made of PC V110 polycarbonate, as opposed to the ABS plastic used in generic adapters. Polycarbonate has twice the impact strength of ABS, which is why other adapters break and ours don't. Polycarbonate is also roughly twice as heat-resistant as ABS plastic, which is why our adapters don't melt. Polycarbonate is extremely flame-retardant (some engineers even consider it to be "self-extinguishing" if, for example, you were to put a torch to it) while ABS plastic ignites at a lower temperature than propane! And most importantly, polycarbonate is a far superior electrical insulator. If the most important thing inside an adapter is conductivity, the most important thing on the outside is non-conductivity.

IEC 60884-2-5 AMPERAGE RATING / OVERLOAD TEMPERATURE RISE TEST RESULTS
Plug Adapter for outlet type Rated Amps Tested Amps Tested time Temp Rise (Kelvin)
EA5 Type B North American NEMA 5-15 15.0 Amps 18.8 Amps 1 Hour 36.3 K
EA6 Type A Japanese JIS C 8303 15.0 Amps 18.8 Amps 1 Hour 36.3 K
EA18 North American NEMA 6-15 15.0 Amps 18.8 Amps 1 Hour 36.3 K
EA21 North American NEMA 6-20 20.0 Amps 25.0 Amps 1 Hour 43.2 K
EA7 Type G British BS-1363 13.0 Amps 16.3 Amps 1 Hour 35.5 K
EA9 Type E/F European CEE 7/4-5 Schuko 16.0 Amps 20.0 Amps 1 Hour 36.1 K
EA9C Type C European CEE 7/16 Europlug 10.0 Amps 14.0 Amps 1 Hour 30.0 K
EA11 Type J Swiss SEV 1011 10.0 Amps 14.0 Amps 1 Hour 32.5 K
EA12 Type L Italian CEI 23-16/VII 10.0 Amps 14.0 Amps 1 Hour 32.5 K
EA16 Type I Australian AS-3112 10.0 Amps 14.0 Amps 1 Hour 23.8 K
All Generic Adapters 3 to 6 Amps 4.2 to 8.4 Amps 1 Hour 44.8 to 120 K (!!!)

 

All that is why our EA Series plug adapters are the only adapters the US Military will use. It's why our adapters are used in US foreign embassies all around the world. It's why they're used in Microsoft and Google data centers. It's why Boeing installs them in their aircraft. If they're not willing to chance it when it comes to their mission-critical applications, why would you? Be safe! Electricity is serious business. Buy your adapters from people who actually take it seriously.

   Date Added: 08/11/2010   
    by Paul O.

We bought a few boxes of these to attach to our PDUs in a datacenter. I'm not sure it's a good idea to do that, but sometimes you've got to do what you've got to do. Anyway they're working just fine. I appreciate the help you guys provided before and after the purchase. I set you up as a preferred vendor in our system.

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