Emergency International Plug to US Plug (Electrical Outlets)

I just got a Sony Ericsson P1i and I live in America so they gave me a plug converter (rounded international plug to standard US two prong plug)

and I went to NY for New Years Eve and I happened to leave the converter back in Philadelphia

so I was thinking how I could charge my phone

and my dad came up with an idea and here it is

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Step 1: Materials

Any standard US two prong plug that isnt being used
(Meaning not a device that turns on immediately or a transformer) ( I used a night light without a bulb)

The rounded plug which you need electricity for

A two or three prong outlet

Step 2: What to Do ^^

Take the rounded plug and put the two prongs of the US plug imbetween it and then plug it in carefully and squeezing the rounded plug near the outlet so it stays without you holding on to it


Plug in the outlet but not all the way so you leave a little space
then while holding the US plug squeeze in the rounded plug

Look at the pics you'll know what I mean

Step 3: Video

Here is a video of how to do it

Yes Yes I know there is no sound didn't feel like talking

And the vid is really bad quality but you get the jist of it at the end




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    7 Discussions


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I find things like this in Haiti a lot. It's called a "Kombelan" kreyol for "Cumberland" apparently some American named Cumberland would do this sort of think all the time. Like "Jerry Rigging" I think.

    2 replies

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    D-A-N-G-E-R-O-U-S!well not that much if u act safe but I have been told to never do that!


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    and it was an electrician who did that,thats why i outsmart electricians,like they use green for LIVE


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Quick little addition, just be careful because some foreign devices require 220 volts and can be ruined by under-powering them.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you I recorded the video and took the pics for the instructable all with the p1i its so awesome you can actually see it in the reflection of the monitor in the vid


    11 years ago on Introduction

    wow...that's good for emergencies....i hate having to buy those converters after getting my phones from out of the country... Nice P1i though. I'm using the same phone