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Are Most Laptops Ok To Be Plugged Into Generators?


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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???

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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.
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