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Jun 18th, 2003, 04:59 PM
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Power adapter Australia

When would I need a three prong grounded adapter? Is it better to use a grounded 3 prong even if my US equipment is only 2 prong? Thanks
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Jun 18th, 2003, 11:06 PM
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All power outlets here have the three prong (top two prongs at 45 degrees) configuration. Nearly all appliances have a three prong plug...but is possible to use two prong appliances.

It is possible (but not reccommended) to get a pair of pliers and twist the two prongs on your us appliance to fit...but make sure you have a 220-110 voltage converter before your appliance.

So in summary...get a three prong adapter and make sure you have a 220-110 voltage conversion.
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Jun 19th, 2003, 04:40 AM
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Thanks, John.
Digital camera battery chargers and even my laptop only has 2 prongs but I will buy some 3 prong australia configurated adapters here to bring along.
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Jun 19th, 2003, 03:54 PM
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Using a 2-prong N. American plug with a 3-prong Oz/NZ adapter will work fine, but of course the grounded connection won't actually be there. Generally, this is not a big deal.
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Jun 20th, 2003, 10:29 AM
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I used a converter for all my US electronics such as my camera battery charger and it was fine. Although I did notice my curling iron did get hotter than usual. So be careful with what's being converted and realize that it may be getting more current then it's use to.
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Jul 4th, 2003, 06:35 PM
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Most North American electronics come with power bricks that say "100-240V 50-60Hz". They work fine in Europe (and so in the rest of the world). I took my digital camera, CD-writer and laptop to Italy, and they all worked great on 240V. I took a little N.American octopus block to plug them all in.

I have heard a lot of Euro versions of these appliances do NOT have the 100V capability.

Many of those little bricks don't have a 3rd prong anyway...

From experience - if there is a little switch (120-240) such as on your hair dryer, be SURE the switch is seated all the way over into the 240V setting. Ours wasn't quite set, and -oops - no more hair dryer. No spectacular flash, just stopped working with a smell!
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