Universal plug adapter for foreign travel

I wish this item had hit Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools site a couple of weeks sooner, since we just got back from 10 days in France. Although I didn’t lose any adapters on this trip, it looks as though my collection will fall victim to better design.

APC Universal Plug Adapter


If you’ve ever traveled to Europe, you’ve taken or bought a plug converter. If you’ve traveled much at all, you’ve probably purchased a set of these things in a lovely (and huge) travel case. Equally likely is that you’ve either forgotten one or two or lost them somewhere along the road, forcing you to purchase spares that don’t fit in the original case.

For this reason, I got tired of a bag of random adapters and went looking for a universal one. I found two or three of them and they all had one thing in common; they were the size of a baseball (I’m obsessive about size and weight when I travel). So when I stumbled across this adapter by APC, I fell in love. It’s small (1x2x4 inches), it’s packable, it has all the adapters I need, and it works. If you travel overseas and you’re sick of a computer bag that weighs more than your luggage, you have to have this.

— Keith Smith

APC Universal Plug Adapter
Available from Amazon

Manufactured by APC [Cool Tools]