Jump to content


Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com
Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. Using the site is easy and fun. As a guest, you can browse and view the various discussions in the forums, but can not create a new topic or reply to an existing one unless you are logged in. Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site.

Click here to Register a free account now! or read our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.


Are Most Laptops Ok To Be Plugged Into Generators?

  • Please log in to reply
1 reply to this topic

#1 sawir


  • Members
  • 2 posts
  • Local time:11:48 AM

Posted 26 February 2007 - 10:39 PM

Hi Guys,

Are most laptops ok to be plugged into generators? I've heard that some need to run through inverters???


BC AdBot (Login to Remove)


#2 Budapest


    Bleepin' Cynic

  • Moderator
  • 23,579 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Local time:10:48 AM

Posted 27 February 2007 - 07:37 AM

It depends on what type of power the generator gives out. Look for a label on the underside of the laptop which probably says something like:

INPUT: AC 100V-240V ~ 1.0A 50/60 Hz

This shows that the device was designed to be used over a wide range of voltage levels and at different electrical frequencies. In this case the device can accept nominal voltage anywhere from 100 volts to 240 volts, can operate on either a 50 Hz or 60 Hz system and is designed for alternating current (AC).

So now you need to check what voltage and frequency the generator produces. If it's in this range then you're okay. If the voltage doesn't match then you'll need an inverter. It is probably a good idea to use a surge protector regardless.
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who haven't got it.

—George Bernard Shaw

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users