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August 8th, 2006, 08:40 AM #1Will a US Dell Laptop run off UK Voltage?
This is a question for anyone with a Dell laptop - do you know if the power transformers that they come with are dual voltage (i.e. will they work off a 240Volt UK mains outlet, or will they expire in a squeak and a puff of smoke if I try?)
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August 8th, 2006, 08:44 AM #2
I would do a search to find an answer like this.
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I suggest you look up your model over at Dell and find the specs or read your INSTRUCTION manual. You need a power converter unless your notebook (which I doubt) has it built in.
Doing a search for European power converter brings up a whole plethora of information. Here is what about.com has to say: http://goeurope.about.com/cs/electri...lectricity.htm which has a paragraph that says:
"Take stock of what appliances need power converters. Most modern laptops will automatically sense voltage changes and adapt; you may only need a plug adapter--check your owner's manual. Shavers, and any small, electrically frugal items may still need a voltage converter (sometimes called a transformer)."
Don't plug it in until you really are sure or your smoking your laptop for lunch and there is no high associated with it.
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August 8th, 2006, 08:57 AM #3
Thanks for the reply - I had already checked Dell's site and this information is not available. I haven't purchased a laptop yet - if I had, I would have easily been able to figure the answer out myself ;-)
I am aware that I may or may not need a power converter, and what they do - I assume that transformers that come with Dell laptops are all pretty much the same in regard to being dual voltage or not, so I was hoping someone with a Dell would be able to look at their transformer and see what input voltages it accepts.
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August 8th, 2006, 09:02 AM #4
You do not need any adaptors. Just a simple plug converter. All US laptops run wonderfully well on 220. Right now I work most of the time outside the US (in Eastern Europe and the UK), and all I need is a 50 cent plug adaptor.
August 8th, 2006, 09:05 AM #5
Just did a quick Google search on input voltage options for Dell laptops, and most sites (like this one) confirm the above statement (that the only thing you'll need is a plug adaptor). Like all other notebooks I've had (Acer, IBM, Compaq, Toshiba, and Sony) Dell laptops work fine in the 100-240V range.
August 8th, 2006, 09:21 AM #6
Just look on the bottom of the "brick" power supply to be sure. It should tell what range of inputs are acceptable. Most accept 100-240V and 50-60 Hz.
August 8th, 2006, 09:26 AM #7
Thanks a lot - I guess that even if the transformer that comes with the laptop is not international, it won't cost too much to buy one that is.<font size="1"><strong>[URL=http://www.thechesszone.com]TheChessZone[/URL]</strong> Chess sets and supplies.<br><strong>[URL=http://www.shareasale.com/shareasale.cfm?merchantID=9515]Join our affiliate program[/URL]</strong> Up to 12% commission!
August 8th, 2006, 09:33 AM #8
More than likely it is (good for intl use). Do what Michael said... If you do decide to buy a new one, they cost b/w 25 and 35 bucks...
August 8th, 2006, 10:35 AM #9
I've purchased several Dell laptops over the past 5-6 years and all were voltage compatible in UK/US. The voltage on my adapter is 100/240V.
August 8th, 2006, 09:38 PM #10
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i had a Dell Laptop at the turn of the century and it worked in the UK when I went there. All you need is a plug adaptor...on the box of the power converter or the laptop itself, look at the sticker on it...i think one is there...if it says something like power: 110v- 240v, you should be ok....still check into it...i dont want to be the blame for frying out your unit.
August 10th, 2006, 09:26 AM #11
I have a Dell i bought and used in the States, and have been using it here in London for over a year now.
I would not worry about it.
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