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Can US Power Adapter be used in Europe?

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Scott Nash Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)
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Oct 17, 2010 5:46 AM
Hi:

Forgive if this belongs in the 'Accessories' category, I wasn't sure. Anyway, I'm going to Italy and want to take my iPad (and iTouch). I have an adapter kit from my old iPod (the classic, but from before it was called the classic) and it worked well in the 220V of the Caribbean. I'm wondering if the new ones are the same. They are a lot smaller. Thanks in advance!
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  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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    Oct 17, 2010 6:05 AM (in response to Scott Nash)
    They are electrically compatible but you'll need to determine if you need a mechanical adapter so that the plug fits properly in the receptacle.
  • virtualgeo Level 2 Level 2 (220 points)
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    Oct 17, 2010 6:39 AM (in response to Scott Nash)
    You will definitely need a power converter with the proper type of plug for Europe. They are very inexpensive and are available at most electronic stores.
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  • Kay Marczoch Level 7 Level 7 (21,680 points)
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    Oct 17, 2010 6:54 AM (in response to Scott Nash)
    If talking of the 10watt charger that came with your iPad and has a removable plug - it'l work with just a simple plug adapter.
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    Oct 17, 2010 6:58 AM (in response to Scott Nash)
    I just returned from Spain, you can definitely use your US power cord but you will need a plug adapter....not a power converter. The plug adapter allows you to use their sockets with the north american plugs, whereas a power converter changes the voltage from 220 ( used throughout Europe) to 110 (used in NA). Most electronics sold now have built in converters....you can check this by checking the warning label on your equipment...if it shows a range of power from 110- 220 then you don't need to use a converter.
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  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,695 points)
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    Oct 17, 2010 7:44 AM (in response to Scott Nash)
    Yes you can use the charger in Europe...rated for 100-240 volts and 50-60 Hertz. As the others have said, all you need is either a pin adapter or replacement pin piece. The pin piece slides off horizontally. Apple sells a world traveler kit that has replacement pin pieces for most countries. You may be able to convince an Apple store in Italy to sell you just the pine piece for Continental Europe...France, Italy, Germany, etc., all use the same pin configuration.

    You can also buy the US to Europe pin converter in many airports in Europe.
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  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 Level 7 (22,075 points)
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    Oct 17, 2010 7:53 AM (in response to Ralph Landry1)
    And your hotel may well have one if you forget--you'd be surprised how many people leave them behind, so most hotels have a drawerful, although it's safest to come prepared.
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  • Jeff Grunewald Calculating status...
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    Oct 17, 2010 7:59 AM (in response to Scott Nash)
    I just returned from Italy and can definitely say that the power adapter didn't work, even when it fit the receptacle. Luck I brought a 30 year old power adapter that still works.
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  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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    Oct 17, 2010 8:40 AM (in response to Jeff Grunewald)
    Your experience flies in the face of everything that the electronics and the electrical industries have accomplished over the last fifty years. Most likely the plug didn't truly fit properly. Just because it went in to the receptacle doesn't mean that it made electrical contact.

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