Posted October 16th, 2010, 12:40 PM
I know this is a pretty old thread but I figured someone might benefit from my post.
Just finished cruising the eastern Mediterranean on Ruby Princess during which time I used the dual (120/230) voltage shaver socket in the bathroom to charge my toothbrush, mobile phone and digital camera. All of these would probably have charged ok from the 120volt socket but the plugs weren't compatible.
Initially I thought the plug for the toothbrush charger would fit the 230V socket above but the pins were too big.
The solution was to plug my TravelPlug international adapter into the 230V socket. Once I'd done this I could plug all 3 chargers into the 3-pin UK style socket.
To check that your international adapter will work, do the following before you leave home;
Configure it for 2 round pins that can be plugged snugly
into the 230V socket of a UK shaver point. If you can't configure it to do this, it's of no use on-board.
Also, if you want to charge your toothbrush on-board, make sure that you can then plug your toothbrush charger into this international adapter. Mine allows me to do this directly but I suspect some will not. If not, simply plug in a 'DSP1273 Shaver/Toothbrush Plug Adapter' and plug your toothbrush charger into that.
***************** WARNING WARNING WARNING ****************
You may think that now you can plug a UK 3-pin plug into the 230V socket on the bathroom shaver point, it's safe to plug anything into it. IT ISN'T.
Only use this solution for charging camera batteries, toothbrushes and the like. DO NOT USE IT FOR HAIR-DRYERS, ELECTRIC KETTLES AND THE LIKE. LEAVE THESE ITEMS AT HOME ALONG WITH THE ARC WELDER