Power Converters for Digital Cameras

Old May 7th, 2007, 04:11 PM
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Power Converters for Digital Cameras

Hi,

I'll be traveling to Italy for a couple of weeks and will be bringing my Nikon D50. I would need to recharge the batteries and wondered if anyone had recommendations on what adapters and/or converters to bring along.

Even with the proper plugs, etc., is there still a chance that it may damage my equipment?

Thanks for your advice!
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Old May 7th, 2007, 04:34 PM
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Check the label on your charger. If the input reads AC 100-240V, all you will need is a plug adapter.
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Old May 7th, 2007, 04:43 PM
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Hey vyroneeka,

I used a plug adaptor for our chargers and my camera charger still got damaged...I don't know how it happened, all of our other things were OK...we brought a hair straightener, cell phone charger etc and nothing happened to them. Be careful when selecting one....we ended up having to buy batteries on our trip and using those (which die pretty quickly).

Have a great trip!

Layla
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Old May 7th, 2007, 04:56 PM
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Are you SURE the charger for the camera said it was 100-240VAC??? Some older digital cameras (Kodak, for one that I know of) had 120V power supplies. The power supplies that say 100-240VAC are the same ones that the camera companies sell with digital cameras all over the world, including in Europe.
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Old May 7th, 2007, 06:05 PM
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My Canon says 110-240V
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Hi, I bought an adaptor & converter kit for my trip to Italy, but it doesn't include an adaptor with three pins in a row like I've seen for Italy. Will 2 pins work as an adaptor for my digital camera?
Thanks!
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I have a D50 and all you need is a plug adaptor. The charger is dual rated and worked just fine on my last trip to Europe. I would suggest you buy a spare battery. That way you are prepared if the one in the camera dies after a long day of picture taking.

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The center pin of the Italian plug is the ground. You don't need a ground for a low wattage device like a camera charger.

However, there are two kinds of two pin adapters sold for use on the European continent. The type for northern Europe has pins that are 4.8 mm (0.189", almost exactly 3/16&quot in diameter, and that is too big to fit into the holes in receptacles in Italy. There is also what is called a "Europlug" which has 4 mm (.157&quot diameter pins. The Europlug fits into receptacles all over Europe. However, it is non-grounding and can only be used legally for applications of less than 2-1/2 amps (about 600W).
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Thanks Larry. My adaptor says it's for So. Europe so it should work in Italy. I appreciate you clarifying!
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LarryinC - I wondered why the 2-round-pin adaptor plugs I possess were of slight different size pins and distance apart. I'm glad to learn the smaller one is for Italy, going there next. Thanks for saving some minor aggravation!
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After reviewing the online literature, I can't say for certain that the Italian receptacles will not accept the larger diameter pins on no. European plugs, but I can't say that they will, either.

I do feel confident that they will accept the 4mm diameter pins of the so. Europe plug.
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