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orijinal
Jul 14, 2006, 10:26 PM
adapter prong for the adapter says
125V
but the actual adapter says
100-240V on it.

can i just buy a http://www.magellans.com/store/Phone___Electric_Connectivity___International_Adaptor_KitsEA240K?Args= to use (plug my adapter into this, plug this into the wall?)

or do i have to shell out $40 to buy http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore?productLearnMore=M8794G/B ?

the whole 125V prong is what's throwing me off.



OutThere
Jul 14, 2006, 10:36 PM
You should just be able to buy the plug adapter set from magellans. Just use the plug that hooks directly into the 'box' on your power supply, instead of the long cord that hooks in.

The box supports up to 240v, and all the travel set does is provide different little plugs for the box. The long cord doesn't officially support 240v, so to be safe I wouldn't use it.

orijinal
Jul 14, 2006, 10:40 PM
You should just be able to buy the plug adapter set from magellans. Just use the plug that hooks directly into the 'box' on your power supply, instead of the long cord that hooks in.

The box supports up to 240v, and all the travel set does is provide different little plugs for the box. The long cord doesn't officially support 240v, so to be safe I wouldn't use it.

well, the plug that hooks directly into the 'box' has a label of "125V," in fact the long chord has this label on it as well. is that a problem?

Queso
Jul 15, 2006, 02:53 AM
well, the plug that hooks directly into the 'box' has a label of "125V," in fact the long chord has this label on it as well. is that a problem?
It shouldn't be a problem but if you want to put your mind at rest, buy a standard figure-of-8 cable when you arrive in Europe. Every hardware shop will have them for about 1.50.

GimmeSlack12
Jul 15, 2006, 07:53 AM
I am living in the UK at the moment with my American iBook.

Ok, you just need the power adapters from Magellan. I've been to Europe and back 2 times and so I can guarantee you that you just need the adapter.

For anything else you are bringing, you'll need a power converter (a transformer) to use your items without harm.

Personally, the Apple travel kit thing is a total rip off.

Chundles
Jul 15, 2006, 07:59 AM
My iBook is Canadian (110V) and I've been using the long extension cord with a plug adapter on the end for over a year now here in Australia (240V) with no problems whatsoever.

Queso
Jul 15, 2006, 08:04 AM
My iBook is Canadian (110V) and I've been using the long extension cord with a plug adapter on the end for over a year now here in Australia (240V) with no problems whatsoever.
How long is long? You're not charging it from Canada are you? :eek:

runplaysleeprun
Jul 15, 2006, 09:16 AM
I used a very cheap wall adapter in Ireland to plug in my US powerbook adapter, and it made funny noises at the wall, and my powerbook had a very odd "static-y" feeling about it, where i could almost feel electricity flowing over the case. There was no permanent damage, it just left me a bit terrified.

Chundles
Jul 15, 2006, 09:21 AM
How long is long? You're not charging it from Canada are you? :eek:

Yeah, you may not know this but all of Australia is powered from one long extension cord plugged in under someone's desk in a small two-story house just outside of Tofino, BC

Queso
Jul 15, 2006, 09:37 AM
Yeah, you may not know this but all of Australia is powered from one long extension cord plugged in under someone's desk in a small two-story house just outside of Tofino, BC
Yeah, I'd read that somewhere. Didn't they once forget to pay their electric bill, causing the Canadian economy to collapse?

orijinal
Jul 15, 2006, 09:43 AM
Thank you very much, I appreciate your honest answers and support! Off to Radioshack I go! :)

One question though... what is up with the "125V" marker on the prong part that hooks into the 'box' of the AC adapter? This little marking is what has thrown me off this entire time.

orijinal
Jul 16, 2006, 06:49 PM
grr, didn't have time this weekend but i will go tomorrow

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2036266&cp=&pg=1&origkw=travel+adapter&kw=travel+adapter&numProdsPerPage=20&parentPage=search

i still have a couple days, any objections to that set? i was thinking about bringing a power surge strip for added protection, but don't know if these little adapters can hold the huge strip prong, or even fit.