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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?

Jan 28th, 2008, 10:53 AM
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I am an elect contrac. Most portable devices sold in U.S. and Canada ARE dual voltage, meaning from 100 through 240 volts, 50-60 cycle.Just check to make sure, you will need glasses to see, like me, to read on each plug. All you need is an adapter to go from your device's plug to the country you are visiting. I travel a lot, but I checked all my items, just for you'all, razor, cellphone, movie and still camera, ipod, laptop, and all are dual voltage. The cycle part only has to do with anything that turns and is plugged directed into a outlet that is 50 cycles, it may not turn at the correct speed, since we are at 60 cycles in the U.S.
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Jan 29th, 2008, 05:04 PM
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iPods usually do not come with wall chargers any more.

You have to charge by hooking up to your computer.

Or buy the optional wall chargers.

I saw one in Germany which was one piece, had a USB plug in one end.

I think it was under 20 euro.
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Jan 29th, 2008, 06:27 PM
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We had two models of ipod in Italy and Switzerland. We each had a wall charger. With the plug adapters we had no problem charging and did so frequently.

Having the ipod was great. I loaded onto mine Italian language CDs, a novel for nights when we were too tired to go out, or when waiting for train, etc., Italian music (instrumental and Andrea Boccelli), and a ton of other other things. Walking through the villas on Lake Como listening to music that fit the scenery only enhanced the experience, especially since I was walking alone.

Next time I am loading up on walking tours, too.

I encourage you have an ipod for everyone in your group. What a wonderful invention. And this is coming from someone who is not a spring chicken.
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Jan 30th, 2008, 06:21 AM
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Since this thread has attracted some knowledgeable people, let me share our Italy experience. We did not attempt to charge anything in Rome; our apartment was really old and had adaptors on some appliances already-the electricity seemed dicey as it was, so we didn't try to charge anything.

In our Florence apartment we charged eveything successfully.

In Venice we stayed at the Corte Grimani. The hotel had just been open about a year at the time, so everything was new. However, we could not get anything to charge. We'd unplug a working lamp and plug in the charger and nothing would happen. We tried about every outlet and nothing happened. Does anyone have an explanation?
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