Grounded Adapter Plugs
If you are traveling with a grounded United States dual/multi-voltage appliance or using a grounded Transformer you will need to use a grounded adapter plug. A grounded United States plug has two flat blades and one round pin.
Non-Grounded Adapter Plugs
Going In Style offers non-grounded adapter plugs for use with your voltage converter, transformer, or dual/multi voltage appliance. A non-grounded United States plug has two flat blades.
Why do I need a North American adapter?
Even though Okinawa uses North American sockets, the sockets are not required to be polarized. Since devices such as laptops have a polarized plug with one prong wider than the other, you will still need an adapter to use your plug in Okinawa.
An adapter plug does NOT change the current or voltage (this requires a converter).
Going In Style Okinawa (Japan) Adapter Model GIS-OK-A-GUA
Cycles: 50 Hz vs. 60 Hz.
Okinawa operates on 110 volt electricity and is generated at 60Hz (Cycles) Alternating Current. United States 110-120 volt electricity is generated at 60Hz (Cycles) Alternating Current. Many foreign countries operate on 50Hz. This difference in cycles may cause the motor in your 60Hz United States appliance to operate slightly slower when used on 50Hz foreign electricity. Most modern electronic equipment including battery chargers, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Toshiba
Computers and Apple Products
If you are traveling overseas with a Toshiba, HP, Lenovo, Asus, laptop or Apple device such as an iPad, chances are you won’t need a voltage converter. Most laptops are multi-voltage and will operate on voltages ranging from 100 to 240 volts. However, computers do need to make safe connections to foreign power systems and a surge protector is recommended and you will still need an adapter to use your plug.
Okinawa is located in Eastern Asia in the Pacific Ocean. Okinawa is an island southwest of Okinawa and northeast of Taiwan. The climate is suptropcal.
Okinawa has an excellent domestic and international telephone system with a high level of modern technology and excellent service of every kind. Cell phone coverage is great. When travelling to Okinawa you will want to take an international or unlocked cell phone with a prepaid Okinawa SIM card. You can also contact your mobile service provider to set up an international calling plan. You will need an adapter to charge your phone. Most cell phone battery rechargers should be multi-voltage, therefore will not require a converter. If the charger says 100-240 volts, 50-60 cycles then your charger in multi-voltage.
Internet access is widely available in internet cafes, coffee shops and hotels. When traveling with your laptop or iPad you will need an adapter to charge your device.
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