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question about power input on original iMac

Message #1 - Posted 2001/10/17 - W. McCarthy

Would someone kindly confirm my suspicion that the original iMac (as well as the later models and all other current Macs) has the ability to detect automatically and to adjust properly to the current in nearly any location in the world? (110 <-> 220, in particular.) I ask because I am selling my bondi blue machine to a woman who intends to take the machine to her parents in Brazil, and I want to make sure that I pass correct information along to her.

Gratefully,
Bill McC

Message #2 - Posted 2001/10/18 - Charles Martin

Previously, W. McCarthy wrote:

Would someone kindly confirm my suspicion that the original iMac (as well as the later models and all other current Macs) has the ability to detect automatically and to adjust properly to the current in nearly any location in the world? (110 <-> 220, in particular.) I ask because I am selling my bondi blue machine to a woman who intends to take the machine to her parents in Brazil, and I want to make sure that I pass correct information along to her.

yes, the original iMac, along with many other Apple products, has this ability.

_Chas_
(non-spammers should use "chasm" at mac-dot-com instead of the email above!)

"Call me old-fashioned, but I want to read email with an email client, news with a newsreader, and browse with a browser. A Swiss army knife is no substitute for a toolbox." -- Kevin Craig, comp.sys.mac.apps

Message #3 - Posted 2001/10/18 - Miguel Cruz

W. McCarthy wrote:

Would someone kindly confirm my suspicion that the original iMac (as well as the later models and all other current Macs) has the ability to detect automatically and to adjust properly to the current in nearly any location in the world? (110 <-> 220, in particular.) I ask because I am selling my bondi blue machine to a woman who intends to take the machine to her parents in Brazil, and I want to make sure that I pass correct information along to her.

I believe all Macs throughout history have had this capability, but to be sure, you can just read the fine print on the back where the power cable goes in. If it says anything like 110-240 (as opposed to, say, 105-125), then you're fine.

miguel

Message #4 - Posted 2001/10/18 - Barry Twycross

Previously, Miguel Cruz wrote:

W. McCarthy wrote:

Would someone kindly confirm my suspicion that the original iMac (as well as the later models and all other current Macs) has the ability to detect automatically and to adjust properly to the current in nearly any location in the world? (110 <-> 220, in particular.)

I believe all Macs throughout history have had this capability, but to be sure, you can just read the fine print on the back where the power cable goes in. If it says anything like 110-240 (as opposed to, say, 105-125), then you're fine.

Not all Macs. The Classic did not have an autosensing power supply, this was supposed to discourage "parallel channels", ie grey imports into Europe (where the cost twice as much as the US).

A colleague of mine found this out the hard way when he plugged in a US model into the normal 240V supply in the office and killed the only Classic we had.

I'd always check the spec on the lable just to be sure though.

Barry
Barry@netbox.com <http://www.netbox.com/barry> ------
(I should put something down here).

Message #5 - Posted 2001/10/18 - Matthew T. Russotto

Previously, Miguel Cruz <spam@un.u.nu> wrote:
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}I believe all Macs throughout history have had this capability

Nope. Apple has alternated between being cheap bastards with a 115 volt supply and having a real universal power supply.

Matthew T. Russotto russotto@pond.com "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice, and moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue."

Message #6 - Posted 2001/10/19 - Joe Heimann

Miguel Cruz wrote:

W. McCarthy wrote:

Would someone kindly confirm my suspicion that the original iMac (as well as the later models and all other current Macs) has the ability to detect automatically and to adjust properly to the current in nearly any location in the world? (110 <-> 220, in particular.) I ask because I am selling my bondi blue machine to a woman who intends to take the machine to her parents in Brazil, and I want to make sure that I pass correct information along to her.

I believe all Macs throughout history have had this capability, but to be sure, you can just read the fine print on the back where the power cable goes in. If it says anything like 110-240 (as opposed to, say, 105-125), then you're fine.

If you change "all Macs" to "most Macs" you would be totally correct. There were a few that instead of autoswitching voltages, needed to flip a switch on the back of the power supply. Some of the monitors were single voltage as well.

Joe Heimann

heimann@ecs.umass.edu

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