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Traveling to Italy with Laptop - its battery back up plug has 3 prongs (ground) but my adaptor has only two. Do I need a 3 prong adaptor?

Traveling to Italy with Laptop - its battery back up plug has 3 prongs (ground) but my adaptor has only two. Do I need a 3 prong adaptor?

Old Dec 29th, 2004, 12:46 PM
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Traveling to Italy with Laptop - its battery back up plug has 3 prongs (ground) but my adaptor has only two. Do I need a 3 prong adaptor?

The 3rd prong actually "clears" the area around the plug so I could use it.....is there such thing as a 3 prong adapator?

Sorry if this is repeated - posted earlier but it has vanished...
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Old Dec 29th, 2004, 12:50 PM
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I haven't seen one. What we did was buy the adaptor that turns the three prong into two prong, then plug the two prong into the adaptor for use in Italy.
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Old Dec 29th, 2004, 01:27 PM
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If it clears, you can use as is - - or do as Surfergirl suggested.

Either way, you face a risk (which don't know how to quantitate) of an "ungrounded discharge" - - in, for example, a direct lightning strike to the building (I hope I am not stating this totally wrong, but I think it is something like that - - I have never been worried about ignoring this risk).

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Old Dec 30th, 2004, 10:46 AM
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Hi ES,

The easiest thing is to follow surfergirl's suggestion.

If the wall outlet isn't grounded your 3rd prong won't work anyway.
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Old Dec 30th, 2004, 12:09 PM
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Elizabeth,
I ran into your problem in 2003. I decided to play it safe and not run the risk of ruining my laptop and bought a 3 prong adaptor first in London and then in Munich. My hotel recommended stores where I could find them. In the U.S. Magellans has some options which you can order online.
http://www.magellans.com/store/Elect...iesEA230?Args=
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