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With a standard UK charger unit?

As the US and UK have different power requirements and volts I just wondered if a standard UK charger unit would blow a US lapop up?

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I think so...the output voltage should be tailored to the Lappie.

But it might have a hard time making out those accents
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With a standard UK charger unit?

As the US and UK have different power requirements and volts I just wondered if a standard UK charger unit would blow a US lapop up?

Cheers.
I'm pretty sure the only thing that's different is the plug--not the voltage, so you should be fine with buying one of those cheap plug adapters (sometimes come with electronics) and using the laptop's power inverter. But perhaps it will depend on the specific place in the UK, but I'm fairly certain that most places use 110v mains like in the US.

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong!
    
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I'm pretty sure the only thing that's different is the plug--not the voltage, so you should be fine with buying one of those cheap plug adapters (sometimes come with electronics) and using the laptop's power inverter. But perhaps it will depend on the specific place in the UK, but I'm fairly certain that most places use 110v mains like in the US.

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong!
Radioshack has the adapter you need for about 7 dollars (American)
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240v and the UK is only small lol, why would we have different systems in the same country lol.
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Thanks guys, cyberdruid......lol

I think itll be ok, im running an American PS3 that I got for a crazy price with a 5A Kettle lead and it works like a treat.

I'll read more into it, any other suggestions please post.

Now all I need to do is find a decent work laptop, im sick of having papers from college lying around all over the place, 4 A-levels is going to be a messy job

Any suggestions, newer Hp Pavilions look nice.
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You just have to make sure the adapter works with 240v. I'm pretty sure all laptop adapters today are made for 100-240V, but thats what you are looking for.
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I think so...the output voltage should be tailored to the Lappie.

But it might have a hard time making out those accents
should be. just like they use standard 12,5,3.3v outputs on the power supplies like we do.


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Originally Posted by guyladouche View Post
I'm pretty sure the only thing that's different is the plug--not the voltage, so you should be fine with buying one of those cheap plug adapters (sometimes come with electronics) and using the laptop's power inverter. But perhaps it will depend on the specific place in the UK, but I'm fairly certain that most places use 110v mains like in the US.

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong!
many places use different volts on the output side as well as even using different frequency as well.
we use 60hz inthe states. the UK uses 50hz

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_power_systems
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240v and the UK is only small lol, why would we have different systems in the same country lol.
LOL--just my worthless American education shining through...!
    
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post #10 of 13
If the adaptor is rated at 110-240v it will be ok, if its only 110v, you will need a step down transformer. One thing to note, is that the DVD drive will be set as region 1, but you should be able to switch to region 2...
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