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Plugging in while Traveling Abroad

2012-08-15, 5:13 AM

I am traveling from the U.S. to Scotland with my Y560 Ideapad. I'll want to plug in my computer while I'm there. I have a plug socket adapter (The U.K. has a different socket configueration in than the U.S.) -- but do I need to do anything else? For instance, the voltages are different; Do I also need a voltage converter? Is there a flip switch I need to know about?

I read the manual and searched the Lenovo website for keywords 'travel' and 'traveling abroad' but oddly there is no mention of what is required. Neither do i see an electrical input sticker on the bottom of my Y560 (nothing that says, for example, 100-240v).

 

My understanding is most laptops are self-switching, but I don't want to wrongly assume this and end up frying my beautiful computer.

Thanks for your help!

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04-14-2012

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Re: Plugging in while Traveling Abroad

2012-08-15, 9:15 AM

Hi,

 

İ use an plug socket adapter for a number of electical appliances

 

i brought from Australia and use now in Türkey.

 

(stereo player,hand held massager,hair dryer etc)

 

The adapters do all the necessary  configurations,

 

so i can tell you that  i've had no problems at all,using them

 

in the last 7.5 years.

 

However re computers,i have no experience there with adapters,

 

but i would  go into  a store in Scotland when  you arrive,

 

and  buy one from there as well.There should be info re it's use on the pack.

 

(whether it is suitable for pc's)

 

Also asking the staff there,will be best,as they should know.

 

 

 

 

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Re: Plugging in while Traveling Abroad

2012-08-16, 3:57 AM

Hi Countrywise,

 

Thank you for your answer. I have the adapter plug already, but I am still unclear whether I need to bring the 120v to 240v converter too. The converter weighs about a pound (1/2 kilo) so of course I'd love NOT to bring it.

 

I found the electrical usage information for the Y560 laptop - it's on the big black adapter box that attaches to the plug-in. But the information is confusing. It says 120v at the top in large letters - meaning it only works in the U.S. But in a box lower down, in very small letters, it indicates the magical 120-240v that means I can use my laptop anywhere.

 

I am still confused-- is it 120v as it clearly states in large print at the top, or 120-240v variable as it 'hints' lower down in the fine print?

 

Does anyone know for sure? I'm surely not the only one here to take my laptop on holiday...

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03-04-2011

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Re: Plugging in while Traveling Abroad

2012-08-16, 5:29 AM

I ran my Y570 in Germany with only an adapter for the plug.  A converter shouldn't be necessary. 

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Re: Plugging in while Traveling Abroad

2012-08-16, 10:15 AM

Seraphine14 wrote:

Hi Countrywise,

 

 

Does anyone know for sure? I'm surely not the only one here to take my laptop on holiday...


Yes i see,

 

look since fletchman says that he has already tried that with his pc,

 

and that he found the  converter  to be not  necessary,

 

i would go with that.

 

Enjoy your holiday

 

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Re: Plugging in while Traveling Abroad

2012-08-16, 10:20 AM

wrote:

Hi Countrywise,

 

 

. But the information is confusing. It says 120v at the top in large letters - meaning it only works in the U.S. But in a box lower down, in very small letters, it indicates the magical 120-240v that means I can use my laptop anywhere.

 

 


İt appears that the laptop can be used  everywhere,

with the appropriate  adapter.

 

To be super certain,why don't you call Lenovo support,

 

they would certainly be able to tell you.

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