Current Concern: Buy Mac In US, Use In Europe?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by visvaldis, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. visvaldis macrumors member

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    In several months I plan to relocate to Germany. From an earlier period spent in Germany I know that computers cost less in the US. What I would like to do is buy a Mac laptop or desktop in America and ship it with me.
    I wonder if anyone has experience with a similar situation.
    The problem is Germany's 220 voltage. Are some Macs equipped with a voltage selector? Would a transformer be sufficient? If I take the Mac from Germany to other West European nations would that cause unique problems in each one?
    I'd appreciate all advice. Thanks.
     
  2. itickings macrumors 6502a

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    It is not only the voltage that is different, the frequency differs as well.

    Just check the Electrical and Operating Requirements. It probably says 100-240V AC and 50Hz to 60Hz, making it fine. It would be wise to get a local cable rather than just an adapter for the connector.

    If something requires a transformer, don't bother.

    Additionally, if you are importing a computer from the states it might be subject to local taxes and custom fees.
     
  3. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    You can ignore the above post. Your MacBook and its adapter will function perfectly fine!
     
  4. ezramoore macrumors 6502a

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    This is correct. The MagSafe power adapter is compatible with the voltage/frequency in every country I can think of. You can even buy the correct plug end/adapter to slide onto it in place fo the US-outlet forks.
     
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Virtually every computer sold in the world will work pretty much anywhere as long as you get the right plug. Goodness even back in the 1990s I could take a laptop to Spain and borrow a connector from the locals and the laptop worked fine.
     
  6. maril1111 macrumors 68000

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    You should be fine as long as you get the right plug head/adapter for germany. And from my experience within europe germany is one of the cheaper places to buy macs from.
     

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