iPod voltages the same in all countries?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by puma1552, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. puma1552 macrumors 601

    Nov 20, 2008
    Just curious--does the voltage rating on ipods vary from country to country?

    For example is a Japanese iPod nano 5G carry the same voltage rating as an American one (cant find the voltages on apple's site or on the ipods)?

    What about the classic? My Japanese 160 GB 2009 classic says 5-30V, can anyone with the American one verify if theirs is the same?
  2. puma1552 thread starter macrumors 601

    Nov 20, 2008
  3. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    They all accept power from a USB socket.

    The power adapter you buy from apple can have the end changed to work in any country around the world. It's universal.
  4. puma1552 thread starter macrumors 601

    Nov 20, 2008
    Right, I realize that, but that wasn't really my question. I know I can plug any ipod into a computer or into the wall, I want to know the voltage range though. Thanks.
  5. viggen61 macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2002
    New Jersey
    The voltage range of what? The iPod? or the charger?

    iPods come in three flavors:

    Early ones that use FireWire to charge accept 12 volts DC over the appropriate pins on the dock connector, or the FireWire connector (on non-dock-connector-equipped iPods).

    Later ones accept USB charging, which is 5 volts DC, again, over the appropriate pins on the dock connector (and they are not the same as the FW pins).

    Somewhere in the middle, some (most?) iPods can accept either charging method through the dock connector. I don't know the whole list, but my 8GB "fat" nano, and my 40GB 4th gen iPod seem to go seamlessly between FW charging and USB charging...

    No matter where you bought your iPod, it accepts power as above, by model. So the 1st gen Nano you bought in the US, is the same as the 1st gen Nano bought in the UK.

    There were several different chargers over the years, for the different FireWire and USB requirements, from a miniature white block (like what comes with MacBooks and MacBook Pros, but smaller), with either a FireWire or USB connector, and the latest one, which is the little 1" cube with USB on one side & 120v US prongs on the other. It's compatible with all iPhones, and Dock-connector-equipped iPods, and is worldwide AC power compatible 120-240 Volts AC, 50/60 Hz. And, no matter where in the world you plug it in, it'll put out 5 volts DC on the USB connector to charge your iPod/iPhone.

    All power adapters have this information on them, either molded into the plastic, or on a label, and I'm 90% sure they also are all worldwide AC power compatible. I can't recall the last time Apple produced any product that was only power compatible in a single market, or made different ones for different markets. Even my old Mac SE can be switched to 240v...

    Enough info?

  6. puma1552 thread starter macrumors 601

    Nov 20, 2008

    So the latest ipods are indeed the exact same everywhere, and will charge in the same amount of time if plugged into the wall with the little 30 dollar ripoff 1" usb wall cube that comes with the iphone...sweet

    thanks! :)
  7. Gasu E. macrumors 601

    Gasu E.

    Mar 20, 2004
    Not far from Boston, MA.
    There are both non-modular (US plug) and modular power convertor versions. The modular version comes in an international kit which can slide in adapters for all major outlet types. You might find it handy. It's $10 more in the US but the adapters are included.
  8. iCantwait macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    All apple products are 110v-240v

    Cheap knock off chargers may not be.

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