I’m still packing… or rather, unpacking my room before I go. My floor’s a mess. It’s completely littered with paper, books and high school memorabilia (if I could call the yearly creative works publication that, lawl) as I try to sort out through the things I need and the things I don’t. In fact, the walk last night from the light switch to my bed in the dark – a daunting 3 metres, by the way – was not accomplished without casualties. Sorry, books. I know you deserve better.
One thing I think most people bring with them when they move overseas is a computing device of some sort. As for me, I’ll be bringing both my bamboo ASUS laptop (dude, it’s super sexy. Don’t look at the word bamboo with your doubtful eyes) and my Nexus 7 tablet (I love it and dote on it like a mother does to her spoilt child. Except my Nexus 7 doesn’t actually demand anything of me…).
In any case, this means I’ll also need to bring a travel adapter with me, because it really isn’t practical nor cost-efficient to purchase a completely new charger plug over in Japan. While I did consider it, and looked it up on Rakuten, the brand’s official website and Google, learn from me and don’t waste your time. The cost isn’t justifiable.
Hence, I began my search for an adapter which would allow me to plug my three-prong/earthed Australian plug into two-prong/unearthed Japanese power outlets. Should be an easy task, right? Fairly straightforward? I thought so too.
How I wish I was right.
With this in mind, off I went shopping. Being the naive and quality paranoid person I am, I decided to try and stick with local retailers like Officeworks, Ted’s Cameras and Dick Smith.
This plug would be no issue with my two prong tablet wall charger, but I had a laptop to think about as well. So off a-shopping I went again. This time online.
When I thought I had come by a super godly, finger lickingly amazing three prong adapter for Japan (see the picture below), I looked a little closer and saw that while the two top prongs were indeed the parallel ones used in Japan, there was a third prong surreptitiously there as well!
It seems like Australia doesn’t sell adapters for three prong plugs to use in Japan. Not unless you buy a universal travel adapter. Those all-in-one types.
My face was sad everywhere.
Well, I lie. It was really mad everywhere.
I’ve used them before, universal travel adapters. Unfortunately, I haven’t had
many great experiences with them.
- I find they sometimes don’t stay in the wall too well.
- At other times, it’s my Australian plug that doesn’t stay in the adapter
- And on my last trip to Korea, a friend’s universal adapter fell apart at my touch (I swear I didn’t do anything to it out of the ordinary. I was only trying to plug it into the wall, gdi. ;A;;;;;;;;). Traumatising stuff.
So… I have a terrible bias in regards to universal adapters. I’m sorry if you’re an advocate of the universal adapter. I’m sure they like you better than me if that is any consolation.
The above set would have been ideal. I don’t doubt I’d be travelling to other countries in the future and this would come in handy, but I’m scrooging in my last two weeks here. So I had to cross this option out.
Long story short (I’m sure my adapter buying adventures must have been riveting), I ended up purchasing a Wonpro Surge Protected ORANGE travel adapter. From eBay. You may want to consider this fashionable travel adapter for yourself; they actually sell Wonpro adaptors at Narita Airport, so it shouldn’t fall apart in a day or so (confirmed with my sister).
And if you haven’t heard enough about travel adapters (really…?)