Macbook Power question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Bullers, Jun 3, 2006.

  1. Bullers macrumors newbie

    Bullers

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    Say if I had an american macbook, would I be able to buy a UK macbook power supply and use it?

    Thanks
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    The plugs on Apple portable power supplies are interchangeable. All you need is a new plug as the power adaptor itself is universal. Or you can use a standard figure of 8 cable you have lying around the house already as the only way to get the plug is to buy the travel pack from Apple which is pretty expensive for a few plugs!
     
  3. Bullers thread starter macrumors newbie

    Bullers

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    Oh right ok, I think i'll buy the macbook power supply then, I don't think it's available on the store yet. The World Travel Kit is really expenisve for 6 plugs, 5 of which i'm not going to use. I just bought belkin's universal power adapter, so hopefully that will work until I get the proper power supply from apple.

    Thanks for your reply.
     
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    I'm slightly confused! If you buy an American Macbook it will come with a Power Supply that will work ANYWHERE in the world. Why would you buy another one?

    If you want a cheap solution to get it to plug in the UK (I assume) then you could use one of these.

    Apple cleverly used a standard figure-8 connector on the plugs!
     
  5. Bullers thread starter macrumors newbie

    Bullers

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    So they power supply that comes with the macbook (US) will plug straight into a socket in the UK? Im confused now...
    Or do you mean i can keep that power supply and use some sort of adapter?
     
  6. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    If you buy the Apple World Travel Adaptor Kit ($39 US), then yes, the MacBook Power Adaptor will work world-wide. You just pull the plug off of the power adaptor (it pops right off), and snap the appropriate plug in its place.
     
  7. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    It is auto voltage and frequency switching. So yes a plug adaptor will work, a new plug from Apple will work, or, in fact the £4 cable I linked to will work as Apple are very clever.
     
  8. Bullers thread starter macrumors newbie

    Bullers

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    I think I might go for that cable you stated above. Thanks for all your help.
     

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