Power adapter for China

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Boogsephine, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. Boogsephine macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2011
    Hi all. I've never been to China and researching online is giving me 2 different options when it comes to the power adapter for China.

    My mom moved to China for a year and I had just bought her a new MacBook Pro to take with her but she can't charge it over there, thus very hard to communicate with her and she asked me to find a 2 prong adapter so she can charge her computer.

    Is there a separate power adapter for the MBP or just an adapter that she can plug her standard US power adapter into that will charge the laptop?

    I tried calling the Apple Store near me but they must be busy as no one answered.. maybe I'll drive down there since I need a new iPod anyways! :apple:

    Edit: This is what I found on Apple's site and some people using in other countries but I don't want to have something go wrong with her computer being I don't know the voltage difference between China and the USA.

  2. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    The international kit has a list on the back of the box that says the countries it works with.

    from the link you posted:

  3. wingate.white macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2012
    Jacksonville, FL
    Just something to pass on, I took a macbook to London and bought a power adapter converter kit that you have to have for most electronics and it was fine until I used the macbook for an extended amount of time, the converter started smoking and melting on the inside. I was told the little white box on the macbook power cord is a converter in itself and I should only have plugged in an adapter, not a converter to the wall. Hope this helps
  4. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Yes the box does it for you, you just need the plug.

    That kit is just an end piece that you can swap out.
  5. Queen6, Aug 21, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2012

    Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Land of the Unexpected
    I worked in China for several years, it should be very easy for you mother to buy a multipoint power adapter locally and just plug in the Mac power adapter, there will be no issue with the power supply, just use the power adapter that came with the Mac it will work with 220V AC.

    She will be able to find one in any decent hardware or electronics shop, in fact the multipoint both my US type and UK type are using i bought on my last trip to China.
  6. h3blade macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2012
    all you need is a power socket converter, it costs less than $1 from local shops
  7. Boogsephine thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2011
    Something like this would work?


    Sorry if it's a smaller version.. I'm on my work computer and it limits me to the images I can view.

    Thanks to all others for the replies. I went to the Apple Store yesterday and the guy said that the travel kit only worked with items like the iPad, iPhone, etc..

    I guess my last simple question is are the removable plugs (power tips) on the iPad power adapter and the MacBook Pro the same size? I see some reviews on there that people use it for their MacBook Pro but it lists the 'compatible' devices below the images on Apple's site. Sorry if that got confusing. Since I don't have an iPad, I can't see if the power tip is the same size as the MacBook Pro one.

  8. acrafton macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2006
    You don't need anything

    Having just spent 3 weeks in China in 4 different cities and multiple hotels, I never once needed any adapter to plug in my Macbook Pro, IPad or IPhone. The existing wall outlets will let you plug in typical US plugs in the top. The device steps down or up or whatever to work just fine. Save your money.


  9. Boogsephine thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2011
    Thanks! Shot her an e-mail and told her to try that. I don't see why the outlets wouldn't be the same at her place since it is a newly built apartment complex.

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