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Voltage Converter?

Postby J-Stik » Wed 08.15.2007 2:20 pm

When I go to Japan (about one week from now) I'm planning on bringing a few electronics and I'm wondering if you need a voltage converter their. From what I've heard, the voltage difference is so small that you don't need one.
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RE: Voltage Converter?

Postby richvh » Wed 08.15.2007 2:31 pm

That's correct.
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RE: Voltage Converter?

Postby J-Stik » Wed 08.15.2007 2:34 pm

ah thank you
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RE: Voltage Converter?

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Wed 08.15.2007 2:55 pm

For the most part. I tried using a digital clock there and it ran slow. But my computer and playstation were fine.
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RE: Voltage Converter?

Postby richvh » Wed 08.15.2007 3:24 pm

Slow, like losing 10 minutes every hour? If so, the clock must have used line voltage as a frequency reference, and you must have been in the 50 Hz section of the country.
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RE: Voltage Converter?

Postby two_heads_talking » Wed 08.15.2007 4:55 pm

richvh wrote:
Slow, like losing 10 minutes every hour? If so, the clock must have used line voltage as a frequency reference, and you must have been in the 50 Hz section of the country.


I lived a few areas like that.. It's one of the reasons I had my alarm on my wristwatch.
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RE: Voltage Converter?

Postby lbum » Wed 08.15.2007 6:20 pm

Well I have heard that the voltage on the east and west coast of the country have a different power outputs to there local areas. But other then that I heard that most things work fine.
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RE: Voltage Converter?

Postby richvh » Wed 08.15.2007 6:28 pm

The voltage is the same throughout the country, it's the frequency that differs. The east has 50 Hz (like England), the west has 60 Hz (like the USA and Canada), but it's 100V throughout, a little lower than the US and Canada.
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RE: Voltage Converter?

Postby chikara » Wed 08.15.2007 7:58 pm

Listen to richvh-san.

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I have used my USA power adapter in Japan for charging laptop and camera batteries without any problems.
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RE: Voltage Converter?

Postby Harisenbon » Thu 08.16.2007 12:36 am

chikara wrote:
I have used my USA power adapter in Japan for charging laptop and camera batteries without any problems.


I was under the impression that all modern laptops and cameras were universal in their power consumption (100-240 input). What did you need the power adapter for?
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RE: Voltage Converter?

Postby chikara » Thu 08.16.2007 12:55 am

Harisenbon wrote:
I was under the impression that all modern laptops and cameras were universal in their power consumption (100-240 input). What did you need the power adapter for?

"Modern" being the operative word. I had an old laptop which had a 240V 50Hz only power supply plus a recharger for nicads which I used in my flash. I could have bought a universal power supply for the laptop but at the time I decided that the converter gave me greater flexibility. They have all since been pensioned off.
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