Recommendations for the best worldwide travel charger

By Ourmanin | Aug 02, 2018, 12:48 PM
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!!!
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By Hogies | Aug 02, 2018, 01:29 PM

Hi Ourmain, the prefect charger fot you:

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

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By Hogies | Aug 02, 2018, 01:32 PM
the best traveller charger on the market: 

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

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By dp | Aug 02, 2018, 01:36 PM
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
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By David | Aug 02, 2018, 02:01 PM
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 edited by David at Aug 02, 2018, 09.42 PM.
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By martinpd | Aug 02, 2018, 02:21 PM
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!!!
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By Martin Haynes | Aug 02, 2018, 02:25 PM
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.
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By Ourmanin | Aug 02, 2018, 02:44 PM
Thanks David, sounds like an excellent solution, especially as a trip to HK is on the cards in a couple of weeks time!

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By Ourmanin | Aug 02, 2018, 02:46 PM
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.
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By jaredw | Aug 02, 2018, 05:09 PM
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.
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By Ross | Aug 02, 2018, 05:17 PM
Another Skros PRO + USB fan, have 2 and they go everywhere with me plus a 4 point, multi plug power board.
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By David | Aug 02, 2018, 08:52 PM
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.
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By pearsonlive | Aug 03, 2018, 12:11 PM
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 edited by pearsonlive at Aug 03, 2018, 12.12 PM.
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By mcs_095 | Aug 03, 2018, 04:24 PM
+1 for the SKROSS product - never had any issue anywhere I've been using them.
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By boris45 | Aug 03, 2018, 06:07 PM
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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By sid | Aug 04, 2018, 12:08 PM
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 edited by pearsonlive at Aug 03, 2018, 12.12 PM.

I also use the Polaroid adapter and it works great!
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