Plugging American iBook into outlet in UK....????

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by teabgs, Jan 17, 2003.

  1. teabgs macrumors 68030


    Jan 18, 2002
    behind you
    My girlfriend is studying abroad in London this semester. She has a converter for the outlet so that she can plug in her iBook, but is scared too because her roomates have had little "incidents" when using converters to plug in their american appliances.

    So the question is....iBook says the voltage range is 100-240. it should be ok then right?

    Anyone know what the deal is with this/ever had to do this before?

    Please let us know, so we don't have a precious new iBook go up in flames....or worse.

    Thank you.
  2. AmbitiousLemon Moderator emeritus


    Nov 28, 2001
    down in Fraggle Rock
    notice how the part of the power adapter that leads to the cord can be disconnected? this is because apple ships the exact same power adapter to everey country. they simple change the cord so that the prongs fit whatever country it is being sent to.

    if you have one of those nifty prong conversion adpaters then that is all you need. you do not need an expensive power converter. the apple poweradpater already does all that.

    it will not burn up or short out. typically those happen with those expensive power converters. the apple power adapter is built to be used in various countries. all the macs in the UK use the exact same power adapter you have, so your risk of a problem is no different than normal.
  3. britboy macrumors 68030


    Nov 4, 2001
    Kent, UK
    She shouldn't have a problem there. When the laptop's plugged into the mains, the power will go to the battery first. The battery will be able to take the higher voltage quite easily. As long as she has a plug adapter, she'll be just fine.

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