Voltage & Electricity India Backpacking India
India is a great place to backpack in almost all aspects. One of the downsides of being in India is facing voltage conversion problems and frequent power cuts. If you are visiting India from another country, you may wan to look into a device known as a travel adapter.
Electric gadgets like mobile phones, iPads, cameras and Laptops are even more important when you travel abroad, as these are your main gadgets of communicating back home. Also, if you get stranded alone while travelling, or you must call for help. Your cellphone may become your life line.
Voltage in India: the technicals
Indian standard plugs are 230 volts. Plugs C & D. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. Ideally, you should carry a universal adapter and converter kit.
The Power Cut Problem
If you are planning to stray away from the larger cities and visit smaller towns (which, of course you are, if you are backpacking) then get read to face some troubling power cuts.
In most places outside of prominent cities and towns, electricity fluctuates, and power cuts that last from hours to (rare, but not unheard of) days can be observed. The smaller the place, the more the power cuts. It is relative. The further away from the cities you are, the lower your chances of steady power supply.
If you plan to do many treks, camping or wish to visit remote areas in the high mountains (Himalayas) or plan to do some rural (village) travel, a power bank isn’t a bad idea either.
The longest power cut I faced in India was in Kasol, and it lasted a little over 72 hours. Read about it here. Apart from this, during the rainy season in the mountains (where a knocked over tree often tangles open electric lines and causes an electricity cut), I have faced many 8 to 10 hour cuts, and some which lasted longer.
So, come prepared, and let nothing dampen your trip!