The ACUPWR Papers
Practical Tips for Moving Abroad, Part 1 0
Moving to a new country is an incredible experience, but it can also be a challenge. ACUPWR is here to make sure your electronic appliances work no matter where you are in the world. We want to make every part of your move just as easy, which is why we’ve come up with these practical tips for moving abroad!
1. Learn About Your New Country
Understanding the culture, history, and geography of your new home will help smooth out your move. You should also know what currency they use and how their government works. The best way to prepare yourself for your new life is to start learning the language and giving yourself a few months to practice. It may be hard now, but it will make everything easier once you’ve moved.
2. Decide What To Pack
You should definitely bring anything essential to your everyday activities, important documents, and anything with sentimental value. You don’t have to bring everything, because chances are you’ll be able to get what you need at your destination. There also may be some restrictions on what you can bring to your new country, like plants or flammable materials. Double check what you’re allowed to bring and then factor in cost. If you’re only going to be in the country for a year or two, it might be more worthwhile to store big items like furniture.
3. Decide How To Move Your Belongings
Most items can be moved by air or by sea, although transferring by sea will take longer. You should consider both how much it will cost and how long it will take. If you own a car, that will likely be the hardest thing to ship. Research your options far in advance so you don’t have to live out of your suitcase for months.
4. Make Sure Your Electronics Will Work
If you’ve traveled internationally before, you no doubt have noticed that every country seems to have their own plug and outlet system. Research what the electric system is like in your new country and make sure you have the right plug adapters and power converters to make them work. Cheap, foreign-made products are ineffective and may explode or catch fire when overloaded! ACUPWR’s high-quality products are guaranteed up to 120% of their advertised wattage and come with lifetime warranties, so you can still jam on your electric guitar or use a microwave without worrying about sparks flying. Check out all our products to find what you need for your international move. Can’t find it? Contact us to talk about a customized power converter.
5. Understand The Costs Of Moving
Moving abroad can become very expensive very quickly. Make sure you understand what everything will cost before you commit. You will probably have to buy new furniture, new health insurance, perhaps even a new car. Shipping your belongings overseas and then over land to your new address will come with a significant cost. You will probably also have to pay for paperwork like a visa and then deal with international and local taxes. As easy as modern technology makes it, there will even be a fee to move your money to an international bank.
6. Get The Paperwork You Need!
The most important part of moving abroad is getting all the legal clearances and documentation you need. Secure a visa or whatever official permissions you need to move and make sure you have your passport. You may also need to get health clearances for you and all the members of your family, pets included. Make copies of all your important documents, from immunization records to legal agreements, and store them in a secure, protected place where you won’t forget them.
Moving abroad can be a complicated process, but ACUPWR wants to make it a little easier. Keep an eye out for even more tips in part two of this series, or take your first steps toward a simplified move with lifetime guaranteed power converters and outlet adapters. ACUPWR’s American-made products come with fireproof thermal protection, so you will never risk damaging your appliances or putting your family in danger. With Tru-Watt technology, our voltage transformers and power converters are guaranteed for 120% of their advertised voltage. Make your international move a little easier — shop ACUPWR products now!
Why in The World Are There So Many Different Plugs? 0
If you like to travel, you probably have a few international power converters lying around. It seems like almost every country has their own electric plugs and voltage limitations. Leave the dangerous Chinese-made converters in your online shopping cart and make the better choice. ACUPWR is here to provide you with safe, effective voltage transformers and plug converters to protect all your electronics, no matter where you are in the world. The real question, though, is why do we need international voltage transformers and plug converters?
A War for Power
It starts with the dawn of electricity. Thomas Edison, commonly known as the inventor of the light bulb, was the first person to effectively harness electricity for household use. He championed the use of direct current (DC) electricity, and built his entire company around providing families with DC power. Direct current wasn’t perfect, though. It’s biggest problem was that it couldn’t carry voltage for more than a few miles. Nikola Tesla, who began as a brilliant employee of Edison’s, emerged as a direct competitor. Tesla developed alternating current (AC) electricity, which was far more effective at providing electricity over long distances.
To try and save his business, Edison launched an extensive smear campaign against Tesla, peaking with the attempted electrocution of an unfortunate circus elephant to prove how dangerous alternating current was. In the end, it didn’t matter. Tesla’s alternating current was more efficient and effective, and the United States implemented his form of electricity rather than Edison’s.
This is when the United States chose 110 volts as their standard voltage. Edison had chosen it as the voltage for his direct current invention, and since Tesla was directly challenging him, that was the voltage he chose for alternating current as well. When alternating current was accepted as the standard form of electricity, 110 volts became the standard in the same swoop. Around the world, other scientists were making their own breakthroughs and choosing their own voltages.
Electricity in the Home
Household electricity became widely available in the late 19th century, and as time went on, more gadgets and appliances needed electricity to work. Time-saving devices like vacuums became popular, and people needed a way to power them. At the time, your only option was to plug your device directly into your home’s wiring, which was exactly as dangerous as it sounds. Harvey Hubbell invented the “separable attachment plug,” which let non-bulb devices, like the handy vacuum cleaner, pull power from a light socket. He refined his design into a two-prong plug that eventually evolved into the three-prong plug we know today.
People around the globe were coming up with their own solutions, without a thought to how their neighbors might be going about it. The International Electrotechnical Commision (IEC) was eventually formed to create international standards, but they didn’t have the authority to force countries to adopt a universal electric plug. Their work was interrupted by World War I, and things spiraled further out of their control after World War II. Rebuilding efforts after the war led to more plug designs because countries like Britain had to work around shortages of common materials, like copper wire. They completely reinvented their standard electric plug out of necessity, now called a “Type G” plug, without any regard for the IEC’s recommendations.
Friends, Neighbors, & Colonists
There are about 14 different plug and socket systems used throughout the world. The type of plug that a country uses is often dependent on their history and the types used by surrounding countries. India, for example, uses a “Type D” plug, which was invented in the United Kingdom and distributed while India was still a British colony. Britain withdrew from India before their current “Type G” style was widely available, which is why the “Type D” plug persists in India. “Type D” plugs are also used in the countries around India, such as Sri Lanka, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Regions like Bangladesh and the American Samoa support four or five types of plugs, reflecting their relationships with several different countries. The IEC is still in operation, but their focus has shifted away from trying to implement a universal plug. The designs for their suggested “Type N” plug are still available, but the futility of convincing the world to change their systems is clear: Brazil and South Africa are currently the only countries using the IEC’s plug design.
There is a crazy amount of variety in the plugs and outlets used around the world, with plenty of crazy history behind it. If you’re traveling or moving abroad, make sure you get the right adapter or transformer for your electronics. Cheap, foreign-made converters are so ineffective that many companies recommending getting higher wattage converters than your device should need, and they can explode or catch fire when overloaded! ACUPWR’s Tru-Watts converters are lifetime guaranteed for 120 percent of the advertised wattage and its high-quality materials will prevent any dangerous overload situations. Make sure your appliances will work no matter where you are in the world. Check out our selection of voltage transformers and international power converters today!
Tested to Absolute Perfection 0
You may have heard that each and every individual ACUPWR transformer is tested to work up to 20% more wattage before it is shipped out of our warehouse. But you should also know that the gamut of performance and safety tests that a transformer has to pass before reaching your home doesn't end there.
Here are some of the other things that every one of our transformers will go through:
- The output voltage is measured to be within the range that the transformer is meant for and that said specified voltage range is able to be sustained indefinitely safely.
- The transformer's exciting current, the amount of amperes needed to overcome the steel core's internal resistance and actually power up the transformer, is tested to make sure it meets our safety and efficiency criteria.
- A Dieletric Withstand Test (also known as a Hipot Test) -- a high-voltage test meant to ensure that users cannot get shocked or otherwise harmed while the transformer is within its proper usage terms -- is performed.
- The transformer coils are tested to ensure their DC resistance meets our standards.
- We ensure that the wattage loss of the transformer is within our specific standards. Many lower-end transformers will perform hotter than our units and with an audible hum. Because of our choice of materials (the laminated steel plates in the transformer core, for example), our transformers are able to run cooler and quieter than anything else on the market.
- We also test the ground resistance of the transformer to ensure that it complies with National Electrical Code's requirements.
We carry out these variety of tests because we care deeply about the performance of each unit before we put our name to it. You will not find any of those extensive examinations performed on cheap, Asian-made transformers. Such units are designed to be pumped out of factory floors and into a buyer's hands as quickly as possible. The companies making and selling those units give little regard to safety or efficiency standards because they do not care if their unit will stand the test of time.
The result? A cheap, inefficient transformer that poses a danger to your safety and property.
Only ACUPWR transformers pass every examination with flying colors. Only ACUPWR transformers are tested to their absolute perfection.
- Miguel Flores
Choice of voltage on the go: ACUPWR's Travel Car Inverter 0
A car inverter is a great item to have for bringing the comfort and convenience of your favorite appliances on long road trips away from home.
And with a universal plug receptacle and the choice of either 120V or 220V power, ACUPWR's 350-Watt Car Travel Inverter is the perfect tool for using your electronics, no no matter what country you are in, within the luxury of a car. Simply plug the car inverter into your car's cigarette lighter, select either 120V or 220V power on the slider, and you are good to go!
Everything from small TV's, game systems, laptops, and hair dryers can work with the Car Travel Inverter (provided they use no more than 350-watts and are safe to use within a vehicle). And most importantly, because you can choose which voltage standard setting you want to use, ACUPWR's Travel Car Inverter gives you a higher range of possible appliances to use than pretty much anything else on the market. Add in ACUPWR's amazing safety standards and our lifetime warranty to the package, and you have yourself an outstanding, reliable product you know you can always depend on.
Do you want to set-up small kitchen appliances while camping out in the woods? Do you want to entertain the kids with a television on the road? Do you need to have your laptop charged and ready to go the moment you step out of your vehicle? Well, you certainly can have all that with our car inverter!
Take a look at the amazon reviews of cheaper, lower-end car inverters and you will realize that units randomly breaking down is not uncommon. And that sudden failure can really put a painful nail of inconvenience while you are a long way from home and were counting on your car inverter the most. ACUPWR's Travel Car Inverter comes with the safety standards and reliability one comes to expect from our brand.
It is the perfect product for camping, long road trips (domestic or abroad!), or keeping the kids entertained on long drives. Wherever you go, bring your choice of voltage with you too!
- Miguel Flores
A Lifetime Commitment: More About Our Lifetime Warranty 0
Reliability is what separates an ACUPWR unit from those of our competitors.
The unfortunate truth is that the industry is currently inundated with cheap units that are known to fail within their supposed wattage capacity – and possibly harming you, your loved ones, your property, or home.
We understand that when you buy anything from a company you are placing your trust in them that they will deliver something you can count on. Sadly, accidents dealing with a home’s electricity system, even fatal ones, are not uncommon.
When you buy something from a company that deals with wiring, electric power, and voltages, you are trusting on said company to have taken the necessary precautions and safety standards to ensure the safety of their product.
Other companies take that trust with a grain of a salt. All they care about is pumping out as many units as cheaply as is possible.
But to us here in ACUPWR, that trust you place in us is special and of utmost consideration. It means we should do everything in our power to make sure our products go above and beyond your expectations. It means we load up our transformers with the most advanced safety features available. It means we should be ready to support you with any issues or questions you may have with using our products. It quite simply means we will reciprocate your trust with our commitment.
Our lifetime warranty is a show of that commitment to you, the customer.
When you buy an ACUPWR unit, you can be sure that it will last you a lifetime. And if it doesn’t, then we have an amazing customer and technical support staff that can ensure any and all issues are resolved.
That is the ACUPWR guarantee.
- Miguel Flores
The Perfect Product for the Techy Globe-Trotter: The Global Surge Protector 0
Want an American Type B plug type appliance running next to an Italian Type L?
The ACUPWR Global Surge Protector’s 6 universal plugs can take any standard appliance plug type from the world…and will protect each and every one of your electronics for up to 750 joules too! Choose the Global Kit model and you’ll be able to use the surge protector from anywhere in the world! Or take the standard model with just the cord that you need for your home country.
Whether you own a business that needs a worldwide range of appliances, are constantly relocating to new countries for government or business work, are have simply picked up a wide range of different appliances from around the world in your travels, you can be sure you can trust to use each and every one of those appliances with an ACUPWR surge protector.
Just make sure to use the proper voltage transformer or converter if your country’s voltage does not match that of the appliance you want to use! For more information on that, go check out our guide for choosing a transformer.
- Miguel Flores