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So my HP G60 laptop was purchased in Canada and its been here ever since, but since I need to make a trip to China in a month.

I was wondering would I need a power converter for my power brick, since the power output is different in these two regions of the world.

I read that having "INPUT: 100 ~ 240 Volts 1.5 Amps 50 - 60 Hz" written on your power brick means universal, but mine is INPUT: 100 ~ 240 Volts 1.7 Amps 50 - 60 Hz, would the 1.7amps make any difference?
Edited by Jcyle - 8/3/11 at 2:35pm
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Nope. No difference. It just means that your power brick should theoretically charge the battery faster than the first power brick.

Amperage is just amperage. It's a measurement of how much "juice" you have available.

A quick summary is:

Voltage = "Push", how "hard" you can move current along a wire
Amperage = "Juice" or how long you can run ___ object based on whatever that object consumes (how much "work" it can do)

Hz is basically how many times the current will "alternate" per second. As you should know from high school physics AC is alternating current and not everywhere will have a 60hz AC rate, some countries like Japan operating at 50 hz and 60 hz in different areas/prefectures or whatever they're called (it's not a national standard there).

EDIT: I used my laptop fine in England, Malta (British plug), Germany, and Austria (last two are both European plugs) with an adaptor. It does say 1.5A input on my laptops power brick but like what I said above it should work fine.
Edited by Amor - 8/3/11 at 3:55pm
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Thanks for the awesome answer!

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I have a HP G50. I'm in China right now and the laptop isn't experiencing any problems. The laptop got hot the first time I was here but that was before cleaning out everything on my hard drive to install Windows 7. The ac adapter may get hot. My laptop battery and hard drive get hot once in a while but only if the air conditioning isn't hot but also because my laptop's filled with dust. Otherwise, it's absolutely fine. No BSODs or overheating. It won't get to the point where your laptop is too hot to touch. You'll be fine.
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Quote:
INPUT: 100 ~ 240 Volts
That's usually all you need to see. Same applies to basically any charger/adapter.
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^That too.
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