Jump to content




Help Support AmtrakTrains.com by donating using the link above or becoming a Supporting Member.

Power outlet on California Zephyr/City Of New Orleans


8 replies to this topic

#1 Guest_Steve_*

Guest_Steve_*
  • Guests

Posted 12 September 2017 - 11:26 AM

Hi

 

When we visit America from the UK, I always take a UK power strip with a USA plug wired on (Top Travel Tip!!). The plug is the 3 pin type - can I use this on the train or do I need to wire on a 2 pin plug? (We have a accessible cabin for the trip)

 

Many thanks

 



#2 PerRock

PerRock

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,643 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Ann Arbor, MI
  • Interests:Passenger Rail, Auran Trainz, Traveling, Graphic Design

Posted 12 September 2017 - 12:07 PM

Most cars all have grounded outlets in them these days, so I wouldn't worry. However if you want to, you can buy a simple adapter (like this one) that you can plug on to the power-bar if needed (no need for any electrical work!)

 

peter


Given the choice; I fly Amtrak.
 
http://www.amtraktrainz.com

#3 BCL

BCL

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,389 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:San Francisco Bay Area

Posted 12 September 2017 - 12:47 PM

You should have no issues.

 

Does this strip do voltage conversion?  Are you using only devices that can operate on a wide range of voltages?  If it's only passing through 120V AC, then a higher voltage device obviously is going to have issues working.

 

When I travel, nearly all my plug-in devices that plug into mains are "wall warts" or "bricks" that operate on 100-240V AC, and some can even handle DC.



#4 Guest_Guest_*

Guest_Guest_*
  • Guests

Posted 13 September 2017 - 02:44 PM

Thanks for the replies

 

Most cars all have grounded outlets in them these days, so I wouldn't worry. However if you want to, you can buy a simple adapter (like this one) that you can plug on to the power-bar if needed (no need for any electrical work!)

 

peter

 

Can't get that here and they do not ship to the UK :( Great idea though

 

You should have no issues.

 

Does this strip do voltage conversion?  Are you using only devices that can operate on a wide range of voltages?  If it's only passing through 120V AC, then a higher voltage device obviously is going to have issues working.

 

When I travel, nearly all my plug-in devices that plug into mains are "wall warts" or "bricks" that operate on 100-240V AC, and some can even handle DC.

 

No it does not convert, but the devices I will use have multi voltage adaptors (phone chargers and laptop PSU - but do not intend using the laptop much at all!)

 



#5 caravanman

caravanman

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,934 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Nottingham, England.
  • Interests:Open minded travel, in which the journey is often as interesting as the destination...

Posted 13 September 2017 - 03:44 PM

Please keep in mind that the power outlet on a train will not allow the running of very high wattage items, unlike a hotel outlet. You mention phone chargers, etc, which are low consumption anyway. (You booked the accessible room, so I was wondering if you had any need to power medical items). I have used the Amtrak roomette outlet to boil a travel kettle which worked fine, that was about 650 watts.

 

Have a great trip!

 

Ed.



#6 Metra Electric Rider

Metra Electric Rider

    Conductor

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 506 posts

Posted 13 September 2017 - 04:18 PM

Would you not be better off buying a US plug (assuming you have a usb type cable that plugs into the actual plug) once you got here?


SJ - Norra Stambanan, Nordvästra stambanan, Södra stambanan, Dalabanan

NSB- Bergensbanen, Kongsvingerbanen, Rørosbanen, Dovrebanen, Flåmsbana, Roa–Hønefossbanen

Amtrak - Floridian, San Francisco Zephyr, Southwest Limited, Illini, State House


#7 PerRock

PerRock

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,643 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Ann Arbor, MI
  • Interests:Passenger Rail, Auran Trainz, Traveling, Graphic Design

Posted 14 September 2017 - 12:10 PM

Thanks for the replies

 

Most cars all have grounded outlets in them these days, so I wouldn't worry. However if you want to, you can buy a simple adapter (like this one) that you can plug on to the power-bar if needed (no need for any electrical work!)

 

peter

 

Can't get that here and they do not ship to the UK :( Great idea though

 

That was just an example link, pretty much the first one I came to. Those adapters are a dime-a-dozen Amazon probably carries a few hundred different ones. Or you can just pick one up at any hardware store once in the States.

 

peter


Given the choice; I fly Amtrak.
 
http://www.amtraktrainz.com

#8 BCL

BCL

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,389 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:San Francisco Bay Area

Posted 14 September 2017 - 02:34 PM

Would you not be better off buying a US plug (assuming you have a usb type cable that plugs into the actual plug) once you got here?

 

It would be highly unusual for a device to not do some sort of auto voltage switching.  Most travel electronics these days use "switching" power supplies that auto adjust to different voltages.  They're considerably lighter (I have some traditional coil-type wall-warts that are heavy) and of course can be used anywhere as long as the plug fits or goes through a pass-through adapter.  You probably already know this to some degree.

 

They're considerably more efficient than the old linear coil transformers.  The biggest drawback for me is the noise.  They often have a buzzing sound, when older transformers tended to be https://en.wikipedia...de_power_supplyquiet.

 

https://en.wikipedia...de_power_supply

 

A simple adapter often does the trick.



#9 Lonestar648

Lonestar648

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,530 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Texas

Posted 15 September 2017 - 10:11 PM

All the outlets are the grounded three prong.  Please note that power consumption is very limited, the breaker can easily be blown if too many people are using too much, low consumption is never a problem.


Trains Traveled On:
Texas Eagle                                      Sunset Limited                            California Zephyr                                Southwest Chief                Empire Builder            Capitol Limited           Lake Shore limited (NYP & BOS)      Crescent
Kentucky Cardinal                             Cardinal                                       Pere Marquette                                  Wolverines                        Lincoln Service            Empire Service          Keystone Service                               Acelas
NE Regionals                                    Pioneer                                        Desert Wind                                       Broadway Limited             Three Rivers                 Coast Starlight                          
 
Amtrak Miles Logged: over 211,000




Reply to this topic



  

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users