Why Does My Device Not Fit the Socket?

Jean Dennison
May 16, 2017
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When people need to plug in their electrical devices, they often take it for granted that their device is going to fit in the socket. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. What happens when a device doesn’t fit in the socket and why might this be? What can people use to remedy the situation?

The Voltage Rating

Those who have traveled internationally may have noticed that other sockets have different numbers of prongs. The items are built this way because they do not want inappropriate items with different voltage ratings entering the socket. If a device doesn’t fit the socket, this is because the device is meant to use a different sized voltage source.

Why is the Voltage Rating Important?

Different devices are built to receive electricity from different power sources. For example, if a device is meant to run on 22 volts, it wouldn’t be safe to connect the device to a socket that is delivering 32 volts because this could overload the device. In fact, it might be unsafe to use and injure the person using the device. On the other hand, if the device is connected to a socket that isn’t delivering enough power, the machine may not run at all. Therefore, the voltage rating is designed to both power different electrical devices yet keep people safe as well.

How Can I Remedy the Situation?

When people realize that their devices do not fit the socket, they often wonder what they are going to do to make their devices work. Some people may go out and buy a completely new set of appliances; however, this is an unnecessary decision. Voltage converters are created to help convert voltage from different sized sources into an appropriate amount. In fact, there are many different voltage converters made for different devices. When people are looking for a converter, they need to make sure that the converter will fit the socket. On the other end, the converter also needs to convert the voltage into a proper voltage that can be received by the device on the other side. Therefore, people should always make sure that they read the label on the converter carefully. They could end up with a converter that isn’t meant for the voltage on one side or the other.

Ultimately, a voltage converter is a great way to make sure that devices work in a variety of situations. By converting the voltage to different sizes, people can use their devices in different settings. This will prevent people from having to buy new products just because the voltage being delivered has changed. Without a doubt, a voltage converter is a worthy investment.

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