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Electric adapters are essential when travelling abroad and it's much easier to obtain these at home. Europe runs on 220V 50Hz power and although plug sockets vary from country to country a two pin adapter will fit any of them and you won't have trouble running any electrical device.

Further afield, North America also runs on 220V but at 60Hz. This means most devices will work fine with the right adapter, unless they rely on the cycle speed to regulate their own speed. An electic shaver will just run slightly quicker than usual which isn't a problem but it's really unsuitable for a cd player!

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