Can I safely charge my power wheelchair abroad?
There are two things you need to consider when charging your power wheelchair in a different country. The first is the most obvious — the electrical outlet type. Will your charging cable fit into the socket?
As you can see, power outlets come in a lot of different shapes and sizes! The design of electrical outlets varies by country and region, so I highly recommend that you pack a plug adapter. I travel with the LOOP World Adapter Plug which is small, sturdy and simple to use.
The second consideration is power voltage.
Electricity is delivered at 120 volts in the United States, but that’s not true everywhere.
Two of the most important electrical appliances I travel with are my power wheelchair and electric razor. Both use a 120V charger. If I were to plug either of those into an outlet with a higher power voltage, such as a 230V outlet in London, there could be sparks or even a fire. For the power wheelchair user, any of these reactions would leave the wheelchair or its off-board charging unit inoperable.
When traveling to a country with a different electrical voltage, whether higher or lower, you’ll need to do [...]