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Old 06-14-2004, 05:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy universal voltage compatibility

going from USA 170 voltage to 220 foreign. Do my laptop and PDA chargers automatically adjust, or do I need new chargers? IF the answer is Yes, I'm going to bite something, hard. Also, if the answer is yes, where in the world do I get new chargers? I know you need a plug adaptor to fit the socket, but if you just do that without adjusting to voltage will fry the thing.

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Old 06-14-2004, 06:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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is it a straight AC connection or does it have a transformer

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Old 06-14-2004, 11:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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By trasformer do you mean the little thingamabob you stick on the end to make it fit the outlet, or the big brick-like thing halfway through my laptop charger cord? (The PDA cradle doesn't have one.) Bec. the little outlet transformer is no problem- 1.99 at the local electronics store. But htey told me that my appliance would fry if it wasnt compatible with the voltage.

I just checked the label on the cradle plug, and it says INPUT 120V~. does that mean 120 and up, or just 120?

The label on the laptop brick says 110-240. I guess that includes 220?
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Old 06-17-2004, 07:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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going from USA 170 voltage to 220 foreign
where the hell'd you get 170 voltage in the us?

usually on power supplies, there is just a switch to switch it to 200 volts, but i dont know about laptops. does the charger plug even fit into the socket?
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Old 06-17-2004, 07:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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most laptops are auto sensing for voltage or have a manual switch on them, all you need is a converter for the plug itself for that country.You can get them at radioshack. as far as your pda
most do not convert 110 to 220 and you will need a voltage converter also available at radioshack
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Old 06-17-2004, 07:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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if your "brick" as you called it says 110 - 240 then all you need is a plug adapter (to make it fit the socket in europe) so the laptop will be fine... however you will need to either buy a transformer/voltage converter(radioshack, or any good electronics store will have one of these) for your PDA or source a european cradle for it (available from the manufacturer or off ebay)

*by transformer i mean a voltage transformer not a plug shape adapter. as yes you will fry the PDA on our more powerful current without getting a 220 to 110 converter!
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Old 06-23-2004, 08:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks, I think I get it. And the best part is, I dont need to fix up the PDA situation- my charger wasn't working, and they sent me one with all the adaptors and compatibilities.

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