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Overseas travel with iBook

Message #1 - Posted 2007/09/10 - Melba's Jammin'

I'ma going to Italia soon. What *exactly* do I have to do or have in order to use and not fry my iBook G4 whilst in hotel?

Be nice; I'm old. Thank you.

-Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
For your listening pleasure: http://www.am1500.com/pcast/80509.mp3 -- from the MN State Fair, 8-29-07

Message #2 - Posted 2007/09/10 - TaliesinSoft

On Mon, 10 Sep 2007 21:06:41 -0500, Melba's Jammin' wrote (in a previous article):

I'ma going to Italia soon. What *exactly* do I have to do or have in order to use and not fry my iBook G4 whilst in hotel?

Be nice; I'm old. Thank you.

Just go to either the Apple store or perhaps Radio Shack and purchase a set of international plug adapters. For quite some time now Apple computers come with power supplies that adapt automatically to the voltage they are plugged into.

And I was going to facetiously suggest that you get a bag of dry ice to place your iBook in so that it wouldn't "fry"!

James Leo Ryan ..... Austin, Texas ..... taliesinsoft@mac.com

Message #3 - Posted 2007/09/10 - Melba's Jammin'

Previously, TaliesinSoft wrote:

On Mon, 10 Sep 2007 21:06:41 -0500, Melba's Jammin' wrote (in a previous article):

I'ma going to Italia soon. What *exactly* do I have to do or have in order to use and not fry my iBook G4 whilst in hotel?

Be nice; I'm old. Thank you.

Just go to either the Apple store or perhaps Radio Shack and purchase a set of international plug adapters.

Right. I think I've got those somewhere around here.

For quite some time now Apple computers come with power supplies that adapt automatically to the voltage they are plugged into.

I think I knew that -- and it sounds spooky to me.

And I was going to facetiously suggest that you get a bag of dry ice to place your iBook in so that it wouldn't "fry"!

I'm sure glad you didn't! :-P

-Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
For your listening pleasure: http://www.am1500.com/pcast/80509.mp3 -- from the MN State Fair, 8-29-07

Message #4 - Posted 2007/09/11 - Lou Pecora

Previously, Melba's Jammin39; wrote:

I'ma going to Italia soon. What *exactly* do I have to do or have in order to use and not fry my iBook G4 whilst in hotel?

Be nice; I'm old. Thank you.

You can get an adapter at Radio Shack. Not much $$. Get one with a high power rating since the power supplies can draw a lot for small adapter. I've been to Germany, Italy, and India and they have worked well on my Mac Book Pro.

The Apple Power Supplies do automatically switch to the European standard 220 V, 50 Hz, but the plugs are not standard. The European ones are two pronged, round in shape and spaced wider than the US flat prongs. Go with the adapter.

-- Lou Pecora

Message #5 - Posted 2007/09/11 - Clever Monkey

Melba's Jammin' wrote:

Previously, TaliesinSoft wrote:

On Mon, 10 Sep 2007 21:06:41 -0500, Melba's Jammin' wrote (in a previous article):

I'ma going to Italia soon. What *exactly* do I have to do or have in order to use and not fry my iBook G4 whilst in hotel?

Be nice; I'm old. Thank you.

Just go to either the Apple store or perhaps Radio Shack and purchase a set of international plug adapters.

Right. I think I've got those somewhere around here.

For quite some time now Apple computers come with power supplies that adapt automatically to the voltage they are plugged into.

I think I knew that -- and it sounds spooky to me.

Nothing spooky about it. Switching power supplies are easy to design such that they operate under a variety of voltages and frequencies.

I travel to the UK quite often, and my OP has taken a Mac to Ghana several times. Works as advertised as long as you have the right plug adaptor.

clvrmnky <mailto:spamtrap@clevermonkey.org>

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Message #6 - Posted 2007/10/07 - Melba's Jammin'

Previously, Melba's Jammin39; wrote:

I'ma going to Italia soon. What *exactly* do I have to do or have in order to use and not fry my iBook G4 whilst in hotel?

Be nice; I'm old. Thank you.

I returned last night from a week in Tuscany and the Italian Riviera. Woo-hoo! My iBook performed like a champ with the use of the "Europe" electrical adapter plug purchased from Target for about $8. It also worked while plugged into a Airbus A330 during the flight home.

The plane connection was not without a hitch. I was plugged in but wasn't getting any juice. Didn't pay a lot of attention to it, though, because I could do what I wanted to do. When I got to 20% of battery strength I asked a flight attendant about it. Long story short: there's a note in the NWA in-flight magazine thing that says the plug may have to be removed and simply plugged in again if there's a problem. Worked like a charm and I continued to do what I needed to do. :-) (Italy was beautiful, btw, and the food and wine were so fine.)

Thank you again for your advise.

-Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
Dinner at Yummy! 9-15-2007 Pictures included.

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