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Old 01-12-2005, 06:13 PM   #1
 
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I'm gonna be in England for 6 months and for 1 month be traveling all around Europe. What kinda electricity converter do I need to use my laptop or recharge my digicam or ipod??
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For your laptop you will need a voltage converter. Make sure you get one of these or you'll fry your laptop!! Pop into any RadioShack and they'll know what you want. Probably run you in about $30-$50.

Ipod & Camera chargers already have the voltage converter built in, so you'll just need an adpater for the plug. They are usually really cheap, about $5-10. And look like this:

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Mmm, actually, you probably won't need a voltage converter for your laptop. Look at its power brick on the AC cord and see the voltage rating on it. Usually they're like other electronics, rated for 110~220V, which means you'll just need the plug adapter.
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Well I guess worst case, take your laptop to your radio shack and plop that thing on the counter and tell them you want to know if you have to convert it.
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so much for me trying to be "Mr.Electronics"
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so does this mean i just wasted $20 on a converter for my digicam?
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my laptop ac adapter says 100v-240v. That good enough???
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Deadguy: yup
Bakwoi: yup

You generally only need voltage converters for appliances like hair dryers and larger fixed things (TVs, stereos, desktop comps) that don't have a transformer built into the power line... but then, a lot of hair dryers and computer power supplies even have 110/220 switches on them now. It's cheaper for the manufacturers to make one model that works in all their markets, so the only thing that's different is the plug.
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