'Jersey Shore' Season 4: Low-Watts Discuss Voltages in Italy (VIDEO)

Posted Jul 18th 2011 03:00 PM



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Everyone who travels to Europe knows the wall sockets and voltages there are different than in America. Well, almost everyone.

Apparently no one told that to the cast of the "Jersey Shore", who wrapped filming in Florence for the show's fourth season earlier this summer.

The cast, who was banned from filming at several tourist attractions through the famous city, apparently struggled to figure out how to hook up their blow dryers to those weird-looking electrical sockets.

Across Europe, voltage is about twice what it is in America, meaning our lovely chargers and blow dryers (among other things) will put on a fireworks show if plugged in directly.

This proved to be a real conundrum for the members of the ever-put-together cast, who, it appears from the clip below, had a mild freakout before getting very creative with their math.

Don't let this happen to you: Before heading abroad, invest in a handy universal adapter, like this one from Brookstone, that allows you to plug in anything with two-prongs.


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Looks like the AOL Travel Staff is just as lost as Jersey Shore when it comes to traveling outside of the US with electrical appliances. The link to the Brookstone adapter in the article does NOTHING for the voltage difference between US and European systems. The only thing that adapter will do, if you don't use it in conjunction with a step-down converter, is allow the unwitting American tourist to more easily fry their gear...

July 18 2011 at 6:07 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I don't know who's dumber the JS cast or the AOL Travel Staff.

Almost all of the rest of the world uses 220-240 volts, except for japan.

And you can't even attempt to plug in US appliances-- the sockets are designed to reject US plugs, for obvious reasons.

And the "universal adapter" that AOL recommends is only good for very small devices-- a hair dryer is about 20 times too piggish.

July 18 2011 at 5:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Richard Snowden

Yep, and that's only if the appliance is clearly marked 220/110V like most notebook chargers. You're OK in Japan, that blow dryer will work on 100V, albeit slightly slower & cooler!

July 21 2011 at 5:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply