American Laptop in Australia
Asked by: erick880-ga
List Price: $3.00
19 Jun 2006 12:15 PDT
Expires: 19 Jul 2006 12:15 PDT
Question ID: 739410
I am travelling to australia, is my laptop dual wattage, I have an inspiron 6400, What converters do I need?
Re: American Laptop in Australia
Answered By: palitoy-ga on 20 Jun 2006 02:02 PDT
Hello erick880-ga, Thank-you for your question. The first thing we need to know is whether your laptop power supply will work within Australia, we can work this out by checking the specification on the adaptor. As I do not have access to that I have checked the Dell website and it states the following information for your laptop AC adaptor: "Input voltage: 90 to 264 VAC Input current (maximum): 1.5A at 90 VAC, full load Output current: 3.34A (continous): 4.34 maximum at 4-sec pulse Output power: 65W standard Dimensions (H x W x D): 1.11-inch (28.2mm) x 2.28-inch (57.9mm) x 5.4-inch (137.2mm) Weight (with cables): 0.9 lbs." http://www.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/inspn_6400?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd&~tab=specstab This means that the laptop can be used where the mains power supply provides a voltage of between 90 and 264 volts. In Australia the mains provides 230 V ± 10% (it has recently been changed and is still often quoted as 240V as this is within the tolerance level of the new value), therefore your AC adaptor is suitable to be used in Australia. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_with_mains_power_plugs%2C_voltages_%26_frequencies http://users.metro2000.net/~purwinc/seec2_2.htm http://kropla.com/electric2.htm The second thing we need to know is the plug on the end of your laptop AC adaptor. As you are in the USA it is probable that you have either a 2-pin or 3-pin plug. This plug will probably not be compatible with the type used in Australia and you will need to purchase a suitable adaptor. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrical_socket The following picture is from the Wikipedia site and indicates what an Australian plug and socket look like: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:I_plug.jpg The following pictures (also from the Wikipedia site) indicate the standard US configurations: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:A_plug.jpg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:B_plug.jpg Adaptors are usually commonly available in the country you are visiting or can be purchasing online from a number of retailers (or somewhere like eBay). To summarise, the additional equipment you will need to buy to make your laptop work in Australia is a US-to-Australia power adaptor plug. If you require any further assistance on this subject please do not hesitate to ask for clarification. Additional information: http://www.avalook.com.au/gadgets.htm#power http://www.vidcam.com.au/sales/mains.html
Re: American Laptop in Australia
From: aussietpp-ga on 20 Jun 2006 07:17 PDT
I would also recommend you buy a "power board with surge protection" and plug your laptop into that first, rather than straight into the wall outlet.
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