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Old 10.01.2010, 14:45
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Re: Converters/Adapters

For anyone bringing in goods from the US, please note that Europe runs on 220-240V, not 110V as in the US. If you simply use an adaptor, your electrical goods will, quite simply, blow up.

Some items (laptops and mobile phones) are generally designed to run on 110-240v, and will work with nothing more than an adaptor. Others (desktop PCs) have a voltage switch on the power supply. Flip that, add an adaptor, and you're good to go.

Other items (toaster, hair dryer) are designed to work only on 110V. To use these here, you'll need a transformer. It'll weigh as much as a cinder block and cost several hundred $$$. It's usually cheaper to replace your goods once you get here, especially if they draw a lot of power.

The long and short of this advice is: check, then double-check, anything you want to use here before you actually plug it into the wall.
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