Travel to France


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Travel to France

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aug 30, 2008, 10:39am

I am planning a trip to France in September. I need some help in deciding what kind of converter/adapters to take with me for : 1. my Blackberry phone, 2. my Kindle reader, and maybe 3. recharging batteries for my camera.

The last one I can probably forget because rechargers are heavy. That's why I am not taking the laptop. But my phone and my Kindle will definitely need to be charged while I am in France. Is just a plug adapter sufficient or do I need a converter/transformer? I really do not want to fry either piece of expensive equipment.

Any advice will be forever remembered and appreciated. Thanks.

aug 30, 2008, 10:57am

Presumably your Blackberry phone and Kindle reader don't run on 110v but on a lower-level adapter like 6.8 to 9v DC? (I'm showing my ignorance here of these products, but even lap tops run on much lower.)

If such is the case, then a plug adapter should be sufficient.

Going the other way, using my French laptop in the U.S., I simply stick a plug adapter on my converter/transformer. No problems.

aug 30, 2008, 11:22am

merci mille fois. I think you have saved me a few dollars. I also assume if I learn more while in France I can buy a transformer there. I'll let you know how I am doing when I can.

aug 31, 2008, 9:28pm

My husband has a BlackBerry and says that the phone comes with plugs. If not, just buy an adapter, not a converter. You may also want to consider buying a SIM card for local calls. It will be much cheaper that way (especially if you are planning on frequent trips).

have fun!

aug 31, 2008, 9:39pm

Thank you. I am not planning frequent trip - I am retired and must pinch de pennies to get a treat trip once in a while. It may be a year or more before I go any where else. We are taking the blackberry only for emergencies and T Mobile tells me I can make phone calls at $.99/minute, which is fine for emergencies. Which we'll have none of -


I do intend to have fun, fun, fun. Merci

jul 16, 2009, 8:06pm

I had a flying visit through France last year with my husband. A lifelong dream come true!!! It's a long way from Australia and we had limited time. And although I didn't feel as if we had done justice to seeing France, whilst there I felt I was on Cloud 9 and in love with life. I could understand what was said to me even with my limited high school French. I LOVED it and will definitely need to return in the future.