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Old 08-16-2002, 01:56 PM   #1
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Can US Laptops work in the UK?

Hi all,

I was just wondering, but would a laptop bought in the US work when brought into the UK?

Of course I'm not suggesting there is a built-in GPS chip that shorts out the motherboard on entry into UK airspace. I'm refering to the change in mains voltage;

US=115v at 60 Hz
UK=240v at 50 Hz

I know you can get adaptors, but would that be sufficient for a power-sensitive machine like a laptop?

I ask because laptops are _so_ much cheaper to buy over in the US than over here in the UK!

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As long as you have the correct power converter, you will be perfectly fine.

You might want to consider some kind of surge protection though
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you should be able to also get a converter from where you bought your laptop if you bought it from a store....
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Can US Laptops work in the UK? Yes

I was researching this because of my Dell Laptop, which I bought in the US and plan to use in the UK and Europe. I contacted Dell and found that their laptop adaptors contain a switcher to allow access to voltages up to 240, so there shouldn't be a problem. All you need is an adaptor plug.
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Power is no problem, how about Internet access? Wireless may be a challenge, the cell phone systems are completely different... woot! more fun research!
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I have wireless on a us laptop and I can connect to networks in the uk and the us with no problems (this is a 54G card btw)


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Dont forget import tax also which will probably apply and cost
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This should answer most of the "Q's" you have.

And it's usual, that you have to pay the delivery person e.g. postman fpr any duty/VAT you may incur, and who IS NOT allowed to leave the package unless you pay him - though you might just get "carded" to the nearest delivery depot and have to collect/pay there.

Erm, also once you have whatever connector you need i.e. plug connector or power transformer/plug connector, then you'd just plug that into the surge protector and bingo!




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