Traveling to Europe... can I charge my iPad with just an outlet converter?

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  1. Scott-n-Houston
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    I bought a simple converter from Radio Shack to plug my U.S. power items into... mainly my laptop and iPhone and/or iPad.

    Will that be ok or do I need a voltage converter too? I don't want to fry anything.
     
  2. EricNau
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    All Apple power adaptors (especially those which feature the "duck head" design, which includes the iPad USB power adaptor) accept 110-240v. To confirm this, it should be printed in small grey font directly on the adaptor itself.

    In other words, you only need a plug adaptor, not a power converter. Have a great trip! :)
     
  3. PanAm-L1011
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    Agreed. OP -where are you going?
     
  4. Scott-n-Houston
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    London.

    So a plug adapter it is. Good. that's $10 vs. $40 for the power/voltage converter. :)

    Thanks for the quick replies!
     
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    Just to confirm...yes...

    How much is the actual apple plug w/ no cord? May be around the same price.
     
  6. Carniphage
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    Apple power supplies are all universal.

    XBox dev kits, however are not. And go BANG!

    C.
     
  7. sim667
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    You'll be fine, we run on 240V in the UK.....

    Have a good trip, if you've not been to london before you'll love it, there's only one place in the world ive been to so far that i'd consider leaving london for.

    Make sure you go and look round 'hidden' london....... there's lots of vey cool stuff that the tourist trail skips straight over ;)
     
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    This sounds like the pained voice of experience…;-)
     
  9. Chewbaca
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    If that fails you'll find most internet cafes will have chargers you can use as well.
     
  10. From A Buick 8
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    Would the same be true in China, i may be going there in a few weeks.
     
  11. poloponies
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    Uh, "universal" may be a bit of hyperbole, but it does cover our planet, at the very least. So unless China's outlets are operating above 240v it will be fine.
     
  12. The Boat Guy
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    It'll be fine

    Your charger will work fine. I bought my iPad last April from the Albuquerque Apple store and it's been charging just fine since I brought it back to the UK a week later. Use your adapter and all will be fine. Enjoy yourself and have a pint.
     
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    LOL Thanks:D
     

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