When you travel internationally it is important to have the right tools to charge your smartphone, tablet and accessories whatever corner of the globe you are in. As a frequent traveller I am always on the lookout for products that will make my life easier when traveling and on a recent trip to Europe I tested the World Adapter MUV Micro USB Plug and Buzz 2 in 1 Charging Cable from SKROSS.
World Adapter MUV Micro USB Plug
This adapter plug has slide out prongs of varying shapes and sizes which allow you to use it in over 150 countries! It is very simple to use–just slide out the correct lever when you want to use it, for storage you press the large black button on the side and you can then slide the prongs back safely inside the adapter. The input plug has a variety of different slots so it can accommodate plugs from the same range of countries. As well as acting as a plug adapter it also comes with a 2 port USB charger. This can be used by simply plugging it into the MUV Micro adapter plug. As an added bonus if you are in the UK or Ireland it can also be plugged directly into the wall socket, leaving the MUV Micro adapter plug free to be used for another device. I used this extensively on my recent visit to the UK and Ireland and loved that it did double duty- I had 2 devices charging via the USB charger plugged directly into the wall at the same time as using the adapter for my regular Apple charger. In other countries I could still use the USB charger by plugging it into the adapter. The one downside of the USB charger is that it has a maximum output of 2A- so you can use it to charge 2 smartphones at once or an iPad but it won’t charge a iPhone plus an iPad simultaneously at full power. The MUV Micro USB costs approx $35 and is available from Skross.com, Amazon and many travel shops.
Buzz 2 in 1 Charging Cable
As someone who travels with both Apple and Android devices,one of my a must have travel accessories is a charging cable that can be used for both. I carry this in my hand luggage or daypack and know I’ll always have the right cable for whatever needs charging, without the need to carry two cables. I’ve used many different brands of dual charging cable but the Buzz 2 in 1 cable has a feature I haven’t seen before – a built-in alarm. This small device puts out a loud alarm anytime that it is plugged in but no charge is flowing through the cable. This gives it 2 practical uses. It lets you know when your device is finished charging- which is useful if you are juggling charging multiple devices with a limited number of chargers. I’m regularly juggling chargers when traveling with 3 kids- each with their own iPad plus my phone, tablet, backup batteries and more. Its other application is as an anti-theft device when charging your phone or tablet in a public place such as a coffee shop or airport terminal- you immediately know if anyone unplugs your device to steal it. This is a useful enough feature that I’m using this cable for charging when I’m out and about back in the USA too. The one downside of the cable is that it isn’t a good choice for overnight charging, unless you want to be woken in the middle of the night when your device is fully charged! The cable costs approx $40 and is available from Skross.com, Amazon and many travel shops.
NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.