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American vs EU plugin outlets/voltage for desktop computer


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#1 helpmecomputerpls

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Posted 24 July 2016 - 09:17 PM

I've been trying to look into this but figured I should ask the pros to make sure I know what I'm doing. I'm American and going to be moving to Europe and am wondering how best to prepare for dealing with the difference in wall outlets and voltage. I have no experience with European outlets so this is all new to me. The country I'll be moving to is Romania.

 

 

 

Anyway, should I buy something like this to convert the voltage?

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-110V-to-220V-STEP-Up-Down-VOLTAGE-CONVERTER-100W-Watt-TRANSFORMER-TRAVEL-/301729430585?hash=item464079bc39:g:X1UAAOSwDNdV5lLX

 

 

 

My move will be long-term so I'll need something that lasts. Am I able to just attach a different power cord for my computer like this? Or is there some kind of voltage issue I should know about with this method?

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Angled-IEC-C13-EU-power-mains-cable-PC-Monitor-Printer-TV-1-8m-10A-220v-cord-/232010277353?hash=item3604e3e1e9:g:1JQAAOSwQYZWw4n-

 

 

 

Bonus points if anyone has an answer on my Ps2. Can I just buy a EU power cord for the Ps2 and switch it with my American one? Thanks.

 



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 24 July 2016 - 09:30 PM

The voltage converter you linked to would not work in Romania if it does not come with any plug adapters. You need a step down transformer 220V to 115V that has the correct plug adapter.

 

http://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/romania/

 

You could use one of these with the converter you linked to.

 

If the PS2 has a switch on the power supply that allows 220v as an input you can use the same cord with a plug adapter. If not then you would use the same cord with the step down transformer.

 

 



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Posted 24 July 2016 - 10:03 PM

If a device with a switching power supply (SMPS) like a computer has universal input (e.g. 100-230V 50-60Hz) then you can simply use an appropriate IEC mains cable matching the power outlet. Likewise, as John_C has said, if the PSU has a selector switch between 110-120 and 220-230). For safety, if the equipment is earthed like a desktop system, it should be operated from an earthed outlet.


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#4 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 25 July 2016 - 06:33 PM

I have never been to Romania but I have been over much of Europe. I think they use the same electrical connectors as most of Europe (the UK of course uses a different one, but at least we now only have one different one - we used to have half a dozen or so !) When we go to Europe on holiday we just take some earthed UK-European adapters with us. To my knowledge, the European plug is very similar o the US one, but I believe the dimensions are slighlty different and you may need an adapter.

 

You may find this article useful -

 

https://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/phones-tech/electric-adapters-converters

 

As for the voltage(s) your computer will operate on, your manual (download it if necessary) should tell you. Go on, have a look at the manual - it won't hurt !

 

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Posted 30 July 2016 - 06:39 PM

Finally got some time off work to look into this. I wasn't able to find a manual for my power supply, I took this crappy screenshot of it (sorry for quality) and it looks like I can have a 115/230V input. I assume this means I can just use this EU power cord and it'll be fine? 

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Angled-IEC-C13-EU-power-mains-cable-PC-Monitor-Printer-TV-1-8m-10A-220v-cord-/232010277353?hash=item3604e3e1e9:g:1JQAAOSwQYZWw4n-

 

I didn't see a switch on my power supply either. 

 

 

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Posted 31 July 2016 - 09:39 AM

Yes, looks like the PSU is universal voltage, 115-230 and would be expected to work on the Romanian 230V with the lesd you link to. It looks like a CEE 7/7 plug, which was designed to work with several continental European sockets, including the ones that are specified for Romania:

http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm

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