Power adapter for China

Boogsephine

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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.

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB974ZM/B/apple-world-travel-adapter-kit
 

gentlefury

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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.

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB974ZM/B/apple-world-travel-adapter-kit
The international kit has a list on the back of the box that says the countries it works with.

from the link you posted:

Overview
The World Travel Adapter Kit includes a USB power adapter, a USB cable, and a set of six AC plugs with prongs that fit different electrical outlets around the world. For world travelers, this is the perfect kit to ensure power connectivity in most countries you may travel to.
The Kit is designed to work with iPod, iPhone, iPad, Apple MagSafe Power Adapters (for MacBook and MacBook Pro), Portable Power Adapters (for iBook and PowerBook), and AirPort Express.
The AC plugs included in the World Travel Adapter Kit directly support outlets in North America, Japan, China, United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Korea, Australia, and Hong Kong.
 

wingate.white

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Jul 1, 2012
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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
 

Queen6

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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.
 
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h3blade

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Aug 19, 2012
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all you need is a power socket converter, it costs less than $1 from local shops
 

Boogsephine

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h3blade said:
all you need is a power socket converter, it costs less than $1 from local shops
Something like this would work?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41hZP67Cj7L._SL500_AA300_.jpg

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.

Thanks!
 

acrafton

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Jan 18, 2006
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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.

See:

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.richroszel.com/wordpress/wp-content/chinese_wall_outlet1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.richroszel.com/wordpress/?p=12&h=480&w=506&sz=57&tbnid=lSnDPawBBCj_PM:&tbnh=105&tbnw=111&prev=/search?q=chinese+wall+outlet&tbm=isch&tbo=u&zoom=1&q=chinese+wall+outlet&usg=__cpcNuUris7FPp7Sc-2-oS46G7ds=&docid=V5OlcLEYgsPAOM&sa=X&ei=_P80UP2yCamq2gW3moHACw&ved=0CEEQ9QEwAw&dur=1585
 

Boogsephine

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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.

See:

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.richroszel.com/wordpress/wp-content/chinese_wall_outlet1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.richroszel.com/wordpress/?p=12&h=480&w=506&sz=57&tbnid=lSnDPawBBCj_PM:&tbnh=105&tbnw=111&prev=/search?q=chinese+wall+outlet&tbm=isch&tbo=u&zoom=1&q=chinese+wall+outlet&usg=__cpcNuUris7FPp7Sc-2-oS46G7ds=&docid=V5OlcLEYgsPAOM&sa=X&ei=_P80UP2yCamq2gW3moHACw&ved=0CEEQ9QEwAw&dur=1585
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.