It’s no secret that the most of high quality electronic devices cost less in the US than in Europe even after shipping and import fees. This small and handy guide will help you in order to make sure that ordering electronics from the US will go smooth as possible and without any unwanted surprises.
Take note at the voltage of the device
Continents, regions, countries and sometimes even cities distinguish themselves in something unique. They have different languages, currencies, direction of traffic, even power sockets and voltage can be different! This is extremely important to know to those who had purchased, are purchasing or are going to purchase electronic devices from the US.
In order to keep your newly purchased devices working and not worry to much before making a purchase, we would recommend to keep your attention and take notice at the voltage standards. Nowadays, many devices can work on different voltages, therefore, the voltage at your household might not make any difference. However, there are some electronic devices that can only run on a certain voltage, therefore, it is worth noticing this before using the device. Different countries might have a different power current and voltage. A different power current is not the thing you should worry to much as the different voltage will be the main reason that could damage your electronic device.
Electronic devices manufactured for different countries have different power standards. The two main ones are 220-240V/50Hz and 100-127V/60Hz. The exact standard depends on the country. For example the power standard in Lithuania is 230V/50Hz, while in Canada and the US it is 120V/60Hz.
The provided map clearly shows the situation. Lower power voltage is provided in the US, Canada, Venezuela, Brazil and Saudi Arabia. What does this mean? By plugging an electronic device dedicated to US or other mentioned countries in Lithuania, the device can be damaged.
When is a voltage regulator necessary?
By purchasing an electronic device from the countries showed in orange, a voltage regulator will be necessary in order to use the device with the Lithuanian voltage standards. Such a device can be bought for as low as 8 euros depending on the power output. Most store consultants will help you pick the necessary voltage regulator by providing the power specifications of the device that you will use.
However, it is worth mentioning that not all electronic devices that come from the US require a voltage regulator. Smartphones, laptops and tablets acquired from US stores will perfectly work with only a socket adaptor that can be purchased from almost all electronics stores for a few euros. For those who like to travel and are looking to have a more practical device, we would recommend to purchase a universal adaptor, which meets EU, US, UK and AU power socket standards. A separate travel bag compartment can be easily dedicated simply to this device. this adaptor will help you in any country as some countries use two different power sockets…
However, you should still remember that kitchen equipment (blenders, toasters, electric kettles), some power tools (drills, drivers and more), hair dryers, hair straighteners and electric toothbrushes, which only work on 110V, will require a voltage regulator.
Where to look for the voltage information of a device?
Commonly, this information is listed on the products description. A perfect example can be seen on a description of a device found on Amazon.com.
From which US online stores should you purchase electronic devices?
Most electronic devices come from trustworthy and well-known stores. Amazon.com, BestBuy, NewEgg and eBay are the most popular online stores, Home Depot mainly focuses to household electronic devices and B&H online store primarily sell products dedicated to photo, audio and video professionals.