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    Will 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?)

    Thanks
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    I would do a search to find an answer like this.
    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.

    Look at all the different adapters that you may need depending on area: http://www.escapeartist.com/global/photos.html
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    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.

    Thanks!
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
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    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.
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    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...

    Geno

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    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.

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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.

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    hi guys,

    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.

    Jai

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