Macbook Power Adaptor

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Bob Jovi, Feb 12, 2007.

  1. Bob Jovi macrumors regular

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    I'm thinking of getting a macbook on a trip to New York in a couple of weeks and was wondering what I'd need to buy in order to use it in the UK? Can I use the plug that I use to connect my ipod to the mains?
    Is one end of the cable the magsafe and the other a USB connection?
     
  2. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

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    umm... i dont entirely understand what you are asking. You in london are coming to NYC and while here buying a MB. You want to know how to charge it when going back to London. The part that is confusing my is the ipod charger.
     
  3. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    No, the magsafe has the magnetic adapter on one end and the power brick on the other. Like all remotely recent Apple power adapters, it has a removable plug adapter. You can simply get the UK version of that little adapter there when you return. The charger itself - the "brick" part - is usable as-is.
     
  4. Bob Jovi thread starter macrumors regular

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    so how much is the UK power brick? and which one would I need?

    Thanks
     
  5. sturigdson macrumors regular

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    So I'll try to clarify. The power brick that comes with the computer itself is the same in the US and the UK. It is designed with a removable plug that plugs directly in to the wall, so you detach the US plug from the brick and attach the UK plug. It's a pretty cool, efficient design. The power brick itself works anywhere in the world- you just have to swap out the plugs.

    What this means is that if you buy the Mac in the US, you get the US plugs. In the UK, you get UK plugs. In India, you get India plugs. etc.

    So, since you'll be buying in the US, you'll get the US plug, and have to buy the UK plug. You can get the Apple World Traveler kit, which includes the entire set of plugs for the power brick, including the UK, for $40:
    http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wa/RSLID?mco=47FFCC51&nplm=M8794G%2FB
    One common complaint with this is that you can not buy any one of these individually from apple. You can't buy just the UK plug. You get em all. There is no individual packing.

    [These are usually in stock in the stores, so if you're going to one of the stores in NYC you can just grab one when you purchase the computer.]

    You can try to buy just the UK plug on ebay or in the UK itself, though I have absolutely no experience with that.

    Good luck!
     
  6. Bob Jovi thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks for your help! I didn't realise it was that simple, i'll have a look to see if I can just get the UK plug.

    thanks
     

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