pb bought in america- 110 power supply...on 220?...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by BelgianHokie, Jul 16, 2005.

  1. BelgianHokie macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2005
    with just a plug adapter?

    just ordered a powerbook and the family is shipping it to me here in europe.

    is the power supply 110 only or dual voltage? most of them i've seen lately say 100-240 or 230. just the only thing is the plug.

    i do have transformers for 220 to 110 but don't like to use them unless i have to.

    so...will the plug adapter thing work?



    one day i will try and give back to the forum...until then...i'll be a consumer.

    if anyone has questions about guitars... (look for me at www.umgf.com) then i will give as much as i can.
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada

    # Line voltage: 100V to 240V AC
    # Frequency: 50 to 60Hz

    So a simple plug adaptor should work for you. But read the specification directly printed on the power adaptor BEFORE plugging in. If it says 110-120V do not plug it in. IF it says 100-240V then you're good.
  3. wowoah macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2003
    Berkeley, CA
    The standard power plug that comes with the powerbook is a universal 110-240V, so you should be fine. You will definitely have to get an adaptor since the US uses differently shaped prongs from continental Europe, but those shouldn't be more than a few euro, I think.

    Hope that helps!
  4. BelgianHokie thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2005

    just wanted to know if i had to order a different adaptor quickly.

    i have plenty of adaptors since most of our appliances are dual voltage.

  5. YS2003 macrumors 68020


    Dec 24, 2004
    Finally I have arrived.....
    I checked Apple's tech specs and it seems PB, iBook, iMac, PowerMac, and Mac Mini support Line voltage of 100-240V AC & Frequency from 50Hz to 60Hz (single phase). So, it seems it is very easy to buy your Macs in the States and bring them home and use a local plug instead of US-spec plug (usually uneven 2 prong plugs or a 2 prong plug with a groung).

    I recall someone on this forum said she fried her US-spec iMac when she used it in UK. Is that a thing of the past now?
  6. jung_offender macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2004
    I can say first hand: I am writing this on my Canadian spec (same as US) powerbook in my UK home. It's been running on the current here with a simple £4 adapter for 2.5 years up until the plug went a few weeks ago. I replaced it with a stock standard plug from Apple UK with no problem.

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