View Full Version : Converter or something needed for laptop & digital camera in Germany?
05-04-2007, 10:24 AM
Ok, as many of you have read previously, my mom is going to Germany for the month of June. She just bought a laptop in April from Dell and is wondering about what she needs converter or adapter-wise for the laptop and her digital camera while she's over there.
05-04-2007, 11:37 AM
From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic_AC_power_plugs_and_sockets#Type_C_.28European_2-pin.29), it appears that this should be the plug used in Germany. The same page also shows that Germany is 220-240V/50Hz.
IF the power adapter is auto-sensing (for example, 100-240V/50-60Hz), all you will need is a plug converter. Otherwise, you will need a power converter as well as a plug converter. Many stores (Walmart, etc.) will carry a complete kit with the power and plug adapters, and will often also carry as just the plug adapters. I'd guess you should be able to pick up the full kit in the $20 to $30 range. You might have to look in the computer/electronics section or the travel/luggage section.
05-04-2007, 02:30 PM
05-04-2007, 03:24 PM
Ya know those little 'bricks' that are right in the middle of the power cords for any kind of portable electronics or chargers? Read the back . . . so long as under "Input," the range Markel noted is covered, then she'll be fine converter-wise. For instance, my laptop notes Inputs of 100v-240v, so it covers US (110v) and Germany (220v). All she will need to get is a little plug adapter, which cost like $1 each. The outlets look like the photo at the top right of Markel's link and you should be able to get the adapters at pretty much any hardware store. Get a few of 'em.
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