For the next 6 months, I'll be living in a country where the voltage is 220V. The risk of frying electronics is also much higher there, so I want to get a surge protector. I've been researching this for the past 5 hours, however, for some reason, finding a good power strip that accepts both 110V and 220V—and also has good surge protection—isn't easy.
So instead, I'm thinking of doing the following (*it seems USB plugs aren't surge protected on power strips—manufactures don't put this information up front):
Voltage converter (220V to 110V) -> 110V power strip w/ 900J+ surge protection -> USB charging hub*
Laptop plugged into the power strip and USB devices (iPhone, iPad, ereader, portable charger) charged on the USB charging hub
- How much wattage would I need with the voltage converter?
- Would this setup be safe? Would there be overheating?
- Not all power strips/hubs/etc. are UL certified. How important is this?