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Is A Voltage Converter Required?


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#1 candiv

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 03:43 PM

my daughter will be going to ireland for 6 months as a student. She is taking her newish Compaq laptop. All the Voltage converters I have looked at say that they are for hairdryers and appliances under 1600 watts. If you have any insight on the voltage converter I should invest in, I would appreciate it

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 04:48 PM

Would it not be simpler...for her to purchase one at her destination...when the margin for error is smaller?

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 06:12 PM

it very well maybe..however, her status as poor college student may preclude that option. As this will be her primary means of contact with the US while she is overseas, I would feel {safer} if she has this in hand prior to leaving. :thumbsup:

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 06:58 PM

Here's a link to the Irish power specs: http://www.irishtourist.com/general_inform...ectricity.shtml

So it looks like you'll have to see if the AC adapter is rated for this voltage rating (it's usually written on the back of the adapter). If it is, then all you'll have to get is a plug adapter to fit the Irish wall-plugs.
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Posted 10 December 2007 - 09:28 PM

If you look at the adapter for the laptop and see the word "Switching" or "Autoswitching" that means it will automatically change voltage inputs
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