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    Visiting Australia - Electricity?

    I'm hoping because there's seemingly quite a few folks here living in Australia you can help me out. I'm the IT for a small law firm in the US Pacific Northwest. My boss is taking a trip to Australia in December to visit her daughter who's taking courses in Australia. It's my understanding electricity is managed differently there. What do I need to do to prepare her laptop for her flight and stay in Australia?
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    Re: Visiting Australia - Electricity?

    Leaping in here ahead of the native Australians, from my great experience of a month in Sydney, I can say that if you have UK appliances which take 220-230V AC at 50Hz, then they work fine with a shape-changing adapter plug in Australia.

    But the US has 110V AC at 60 Hz (as you well know), so you would need an appropriate laptop power adapter purchased preferably in Australia, to get the appropriate voltages, frequencies, and plug shapes in one package.

    If you say the make and model of the laptop, then one of the Australian chaps might be able to suggest somewhere to buy it cost-effectively.

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    Re: Visiting Australia - Electricity?

    Yeah, if there's someplace in Australia where I can buy what I need online that would be terrific. What I'll be sending with her is a Dell Inspiron 1150.
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    Re: Visiting Australia - Electricity?

    Go to your local Radio Shack and ask them for a foreign travel electrical adapter kit. That kit will have a transformer that will step the 220 volt power down to 110 volts and a series of adapter that plug into that transformer and into foreign power plugs for all other countries. You can use that kit for any us electrical appliance that does not draw more power than the kit is rated for. If by some remote chance your Radio Shack does not have the kits, many luggage stores carry them.
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    Re: Visiting Australia - Electricity?

    Take a look here for a general selection.

    This is the Australian plug configuration, and you can find a table of the world's electrical systems here.

    How to find correct Voltage Converter
    To determine the right voltage converter for your appliance, first find out the voltage (110 or 220 Volt AC) and wattage rating (watts or amps) information on the back or bottom of the appliance or from instruction book of an appliance. If no watts are shown and only amps are shown, multiply the volts (input AC) by the amps to find the watts.

    For example,
    Volts(AC input) x Amps(amperage) = Watts (Wattage)
    110V x 0.5A = 55W

    Note: voltage converters or transformers do not change cycles (50Hz or 60Hz)

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    Re: Visiting Australia - Electricity?

    <hr>But the US has 110V AC at 60 Hz (as you well know), so you would need an appropriate laptop power adapter purchased preferably in Australia, to get the appropriate voltages, frequencies, and plug shapes in one package.<hr>
    These days, many power adaptors comfortably handle anything from 110-250 volts, without the user even having to set the voltage. If your's is one (the adaptor should have a label saying what voltage range it's designed for), then all you'll need is the plug adaptor.
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    Re: Visiting Australia - Electricity?

    On the bottom of the Dell Inspiron 1150 laptop, it says "Input 19.5V 4.62A Max". On the adapter that goes between the outlet and the laptop it reads as follows:

    90W-AC Adapter | PA-10 Family
    Input AC 100-240V ~ 1.5A (1,5A)
    50-60Hz
    Output DC 19.5V (19,5V) 4.62A (4,62A)

    I searched and found a post on the Dell community message board that says because the AC Adapter is a PA10 and has AC 100-240 volts, the laptop will cope fine with both US AC power (110 volts) and Australian AC power (240 volts). All I will have to buy is an adapter plug to convert to the 3 pin Australian plug. It sounds like I'm not going to have too much trouble then. I just need to find an adapter which I hope I can find here locally in Washington state.

    Thank you for all your help,
    Daisy

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    Re: Visiting Australia - Electricity?

    Plug adapters can be found in computer stores, of course, but I also found some at REI. It wouldn't surprise me to find them at OSH or other hardware stores. Perhaps it's a high margin item. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

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