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Will NOT work with 3-pronged (Grounded) plugs!
on April 22, 2008
UPDATE JAN 2014 - Several people have said that they have been able to use this adapter with 3-pronged plugs and I believe them. It has been a long time since my initial review and I have to concede that it's possible that I just did not understand how to use the item correctly.
Of course, it IS still a problem if lack of instructions and non-intuitive design make it SEEM impossible to use the adapter as intended...
I'm leaving the review up as a monument to my previous frustration and as a reminder of the importance of "idiot-proof" instructions and intuitive design.
And also because it tickles me that my goofy review brought joy into the lives of so many people who were just looking for a way to get electricity to their electronics in exotic, far-off lands...(end update)
After hours of rattling through website after website, learning the difference between a converter and an adapter, having a crash course in watts and volts and hertz and computers and hair dryers and coming to the brink of insanity because, it seems, there isn't a website in existence that gives enough information about these accessories to learn what a 4-second encounter with the actual item in its package in a brick and mortar store would tell you (for instance: CAN I STICK MY COMPUTER PLUG INTO THE DAMN THING?!), I found this beauty. Here. And all my questions appeared to have been answered. So I, being the trusting soul that I am, purchased it.
Well, I didn't know what I didn't know until the product arrived.
Now I know what I didn't know.
I am livid.
THIS PRODUCT WILL NOT WORK WITH YOUR PLUGS THAT HAVE 3 PRONGS!
NOT EVEN IF YOU PRAY REALLY HARD!
NOT EVEN IF YOU SACRIFICE A GOAT.
NOT EVEN IF YOU TRY IT ON A BOAT.
IT WILL NOT WORK WITH THEM ON A TRAIN
IT WILL NOT WORK WITH THEM ON A PLANE
IT WILL NOT WORK WITH 3-PRONGED PLUGS
IT WILL NOT VACUUM ANY RUGS.
Back it goes, to the place where junky products (that more information would have saved me the trouble of purchasing) go.
With PC Mover and that other adapter I bought from Dell (the one that was also, obviously, manufactured in a world where all the plugs have 2 prongs).
Did I mention AUUUUUGH!!!!!
On the off chance that this review will not get buried under the pile of reviews written by people with, apparently, no 3-pronged devices, I submit it to Amazon with a prayer for all of those people who are lucky enough to own portable computers or other electronics that come with 3-pronged plugs AND who are fortunate enough to be embarking on some sort of international travel:
BUY THE BELKIN UNIVERSAL JOBBIE...THE WHITE ONE.
(it's probably above this review in the place where other recommended products live. The Belkin comes from a world where 3-pronged devices exist and are plentiful, roaming the land with their electronic devices in tow, happily converting electricity from 120 to 240 and back again as they enrich their owner's lives with electronic goodness.)
Thanks for reading.
I don't know about you, but I feel better now.