What adapter do I need?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by MisterBlack, Nov 25, 2002.

  1. macrumors member

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    Hi everybody.

    I'm going to Ireland (from the US) for school in January and I have had the most difficult time trying to figure out what kind of power adapter I need. I have a Powerbook G3 Firewire (i think).
    Does Apple sell an Irish plug adapter? If so, does it need a power converter?
    If so, how do people living in Ireland plug up? It seems like there should just be the properly powered AC adapter (220 volt 50 hz), a single unit, but I haven't been able to locate one.
    I can't imagine that one needs a grip of adapters and converters to travel to Europe. I might be wrong.

    Europeans? Anyone? Help!

    Thanks!
     
  2. macrumors newbie

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    You need an adaptor that will step down from 220V to 110V.
    Check out the equipment here and see if this helps any.

    http://www.220-electronics.com/

    Look in the Voltage Converters section.
     
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    ftaok

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    This above information may be incorrect.

    Most electronics (computers included) have power adapters that are rated for "AC 100-240V 50-60Hz". This means that as long as the power outlet is AC, between 100 and 240V, and between 50-60Hz, you'll be OK. Take a look at the power adapter for you G3. If it says "AC 100-240V 50-60Hz", then all you'll need is an adapter for the plug. I'm not sure what type of plug they use in Ireland, but I can assure you that it's not the standard 2-prong type that we use in the US.

    Don't bother using a converter to step down from 220V to 110V. You're power adapter can handle it just fine. Just make sure that it says "AC 100-240V 50-60Hz".
     
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    benixau

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    Oh and make sure you get a plug adapter.

    Also if you are truly scared sh*tless - go to apple and buy a power adapter : thats the apple way (expensive!!)
     
  5. thread starter macrumors member

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    Word.

    My A/C adapter says "AC 100-240V 50-60Hz". Thanks everyone!
     
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    ftaok

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    Just remember that you'll need an adapter to be able to plug it into the wall. Any travel type store will have one for Ireland. Probably run you $5-$10.

    One thing to consider (and this might not apply to you). Don't plug your computer (or any expensive electronic device - like a digital camera) into a plug that looks old or in disrepair. It's not worth the risk, because bad wiring could mess up your gear. Since you'll be in school, you should be OK. This is more a warning for travelers in cheap hotels.
     

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