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Topic # 100904 20-Apr-2012 16:46
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Hi, Ive recently just bought an XPS 14z laptop from the USA Dell outlet store and getting it shipped to NZ. I was wondering if there is more i need to do than just get a plug adapter for this?  So the power adapters on them aren't 110v only or anything? I've tried looking around but cant find a definitive answer.

If it is a simple matter of just needing a plug adapter is there any suggestions? I have seen these two that look like they will do the job:

http://www.dicksmith.co.nz/product/M7318/jackson-surge-protected-travel-adaptor

http://www.noelleeming.co.nz/shop/audio-mp3/accessories/cables-connectors/audio-adaptors-accessories/pudney-lee-p4319-international-adapter-from-us-europe-to-nz/prod35996.html

But they are both relatively chunky and will take more room than desired on a multi port powerboard. If they are all like this then that's fine i guess.

thanks

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  Reply # 612500 20-Apr-2012 16:52
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You'll need to doublecheck, but generally most laptop AC Adapters can handle 110 and 240v.





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  Reply # 612510 20-Apr-2012 17:06
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yes every laptop power supply I have ever seen is both 110/240 auto switching

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 612511 20-Apr-2012 17:06
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i just remembered i have the full list of modules contained in the laptop.. from the modules list it has the adapter and the cord:

MH4Y41Module,Adapter,AC,FLEX,65W,3P,Worldwide
R609C1Module,Cord,Power,125V,1M,C5,United States


that worldwide part in the adapter I'm assuming means it should be fine?



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  Reply # 612512 20-Apr-2012 17:08
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nathan: yes every laptop power supply I have ever seen is both 110/240 auto switching


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  Reply # 612551 20-Apr-2012 18:27
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Chances are the power brick connects to a power cord using a standard 3 prong socket. You should be able to buy a standard NZ 3 prong laptop power cable in any decent computer shop and plug it into the adapter.

I find it much easier to swap out the power cable than to wrestle with an adapter trying to plug it into some confined space. I'm also a bit concerned with putting 240v through a cable rated for 110v. Don't want to risk overheating the cable or it not having adequate shielding.

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  Reply # 612732 21-Apr-2012 08:51
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Jarno: Chances are the power brick connects to a power cord using a standard 3 prong socket. You should be able to buy a standard NZ 3 prong laptop power cable in any decent computer shop and plug it into the adapter.

I find it much easier to swap out the power cable than to wrestle with an adapter trying to plug it into some confined space. I'm also a bit concerned with putting 240v through a cable rated for 110v. Don't want to risk overheating the cable or it not having adequate shielding.


North American power cord is fine in NZ. I've been told (via immigration forums) they are actually thicker gauge vs NZ cords. Something to do with the amps (from what I can understand), some North American devices can draw up to 15 or 20 amps from a normal house wall plug. I think in NZ it is 10 amps max? I am sure an electrician would be able to explain it. All I know is our cords from Canada are fine with NZ electricity and so is our insurance company.

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