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Can my kids charge their iPods in Italy without ruining them?

Can my kids charge their iPods in Italy without ruining them?

Apr 12th, 2006, 07:14 PM
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Why can't you let the o.p.'s kids decide about their iPod? You sound so self-righteous. That was not the question the o.p. asked anyway. Also it's great if you want to tune into the local sounds, but if they're on a bus or metro, what is so wrong if they listen to their iPods? Did the o.p. mention that the kids were going to use their iPods at all times?

And, yes, by all means quote me.
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Apr 12th, 2006, 08:05 PM
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"In this particular iPOD case, you would have got away with it, but in general there is no certainty that someone's advice won't blow up your electronics, even if it's the same make and model."

Seems to me mass was giving good advice and not making a blanket statement.

massagediva was making a blanket statement - about a device she has never seen. Not good advice.
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Apr 13th, 2006, 03:14 AM
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"I have yet to buy a piece of electronic equipment in about the last 15 years that was NOT dual voltage. "

Most of the electronic equipment I've bought in the past 15 years didn't come with a MULTI voltage power supply with the exception of my shaver - and all the stuff was bought in the UK
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Apr 13th, 2006, 03:30 AM
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listen to robes...just check the power suppy it will clearly say what the acceptable voltage/hz is. i would expect the ipod itself to be identical from country to country...however i would NOT expect the power supply to have the same specification.

if the ipod's power suppply is not specified for dual voltage/hz, i would NOT use it in italy. even the big, expensive converters/transformers do not work well with delicate electronics.
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Apr 13th, 2006, 04:04 AM
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I am not much for "rules of thumb" when traveling but I do believe that any electric or electronic device with a power supply you buy should be, if possible, "dual voltage" especially if you travel with it, or are going to.

Fortunately, I bought my Palm in Canada where the power supply is a dual voltage model. A friend bought the same model in the US and his power supply is not dual voltage.

After all of the "back and forth" on this post what would be nice is an acknowledgement from the OP that the "message" was at least received even if not completely understood.
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Apr 13th, 2006, 04:42 AM
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Mamma Mia!Not to make any blanket statements,but perhaps the o.p. has a real life outside of Fodor's.com.She just posted the question a little over twelve hours ago.
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Apr 13th, 2006, 05:19 AM
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>You sound so self-righteous.<

Excuse me? I wasn't aware that having an opinion and standing by it was considered self righteous. Interesting.
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Apr 13th, 2006, 05:54 AM
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Thanks for all the input, everyone! I'll need to look at the charger that we already own and see if I think it is dual voltage. I may buy the Apple adaptor if I need to since the iPods themselves cost so much.

trafaelwyr, we fly from Dallas to Zurich, sit in Zurich for about 5 hours, then fly to Rome. On the way home, we fly from Venice to London, then London to Dallas. If their iPods will help keep them amused during those 14+ hour travel days, I will be a happy mom.
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Apr 13th, 2006, 05:59 AM
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Missypie- My iPod has been a wonderful addition to my travels.It makes a loooong flight bearable(especially with noise-cancelling earphones by Shure.)
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Apr 13th, 2006, 06:09 AM
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"Excuse me? I wasn't aware that having an opinion and standing by it was considered self righteous. Interesting."

Yes, it's interesting isn't it? You said it. Your opinion is true of yourself only.

See your quote below:

"As for the OP of this topic, if you're taking your kids overseas, shouldn't they be more focused on what's around them than what'll be filtering into their ears?"

The o.p. never said that her kids would be unfocused and tuned into their iPods on the whole trip.
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Apr 13th, 2006, 06:37 AM
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I enjoy listening to books on my MP3 player - makes travelling go so much faster - waiting for customs? Listen to a bit of the book. Waiting for a taxi? Listen to a bit of the book. Walking to the gate? You guessed listen to more of the book. I even listen in bed if I am having trouble falling asleep
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Apr 13th, 2006, 09:07 AM
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>Excuse me? I wasn't aware that having an opinion and standing by it was considered self righteous. Interesting.<

Having an opinion and standing by it is not necessarily being self righteous.

However, you have made an assumption on your own with no real facts to base it on - and have made a negative judgment based on this assumption.

I would call that being rather self righteous.



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Apr 13th, 2006, 09:16 AM
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I guess my million dollar idea of making site specific audioguides for IPOD's won't be a hit with everyone :0

Actually it looks like a few companies already beat me to market anyways
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Apr 13th, 2006, 09:19 AM
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Again, I stand by my original post, regardless of what some posters here have had to say. If you re-read my original post, it more of a suggestion than a directive.
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Apr 13th, 2006, 09:44 AM
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It's a suggestion based on your assumption.
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Apr 13th, 2006, 09:55 AM
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cadillac1234 - I have three cassette tapes (remember them?) that I bought from Pan American World Airways (remember them?) in the '60s. They are audio commentary and maps for walking tours of London, Paris, and Versailles/Fontainebleau.

As soon as I get the maps scanned and the audio ripped, I'm going to post them on line. Stand by.
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Apr 13th, 2006, 09:56 AM
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My daughter went to Radio Shack just before we left and bought an adapter. She was able to recharge her IPOD in Madrid, Amsterdam, and London. It's silly to criticize reasonable IPOD usage. I didn't allow her to wear it walking around the cities, because I wanted her to be alert, but it was great for plane and train rides, and relaxing a bit at night in our hotel rooms. Especially on our return - 24 hours of travel with all the waiting around we did.
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Apr 13th, 2006, 10:00 AM
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It's not only silly - it's nobody else's business.
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Apr 13th, 2006, 10:13 AM
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unfortunately, it's very common. people criticising others for not treating the family trip to europe like it's some sacred educational pilgrimage. let the kids have some fun on their holidays or they will develop a negative view of europe and travel in general.
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Apr 13th, 2006, 10:21 AM
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I'm wondering which of the following activities would pass muster, and which would be forbidden distractions from focusing on what's around you:

1) Reading a novel from home in the evening at the hotel.
2) Writing postcards to people at home.
3) Talking to your traveling companion about things other than what is directly in front of you.

I admit, I've done these terrible things while travelling. I've even brought CDs from home so I could play my Scottish music CDs in the car while driving around Scotland. Fortunately, though, I didn't have an iPod, so at least I didn't make that mistake.

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