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sam m
07-08-2004, 08:35 PM
Friend recieved present from US. A Videoh! DVD converter (vhs to dvd).
It has a US power plug and was wondering what we need to make this work here in NZ.
On the plug it has: Input: 100 - 240v ~ 0.8a 47-63Hz
Output: 4.0-5.5v - 2.6a-2.3A

The plug configuration is different obviously so wondering whether one of those travel adpater plugs would do or do we need to get a different power supply.


07-08-2004, 08:46 PM
no you need a whole power transformer, i myself have just got two devices recently from the us, i just went to dick smith and got a couple of US to NZ power transformers, they just look like oversized power adaptors, you plug the us plug inot the top and then plug the transformer into the nz power plug.
If i recall correctly they were about $50 each

07-08-2004, 08:55 PM
Really ?..if the information on Sam's plug is correct, it seems the device will accept input voltages up to 240v. And so no transformer will be necessary, just use an adaptor, or rewire for a NZ style plug.

07-08-2004, 09:16 PM
The "plug" would appear to already be a universal power converter.
I would say, the writing should be believed, just fit an NZ style plug if it's corded, or an adaptor if it's a brick.
If it isn't, there could be a bit of international smoke.

sam m
07-08-2004, 09:17 PM
My friend went to DSE and was told that she would need to get converter (she didnt take in the unit, just told them what she had) but when I saw the plug with the specs I figure we may get away with just a travel plug.
Wonder how much damage i do if i am wrong? ]:)

07-08-2004, 09:42 PM
I would be inclined to trust the plug. I have just had a quick look around my desk:
HP Deskjet 948C 100-240v 50/60 Hz
Dynalink Router -same. Dell 15" LCD screen same. Dell PC - same. I gave up looking. Universal power supplies are really very common. The only difference between my equipment and yours is that mine was destined for the NZ market and therefore had NZ plugs.

07-08-2004, 09:42 PM
whoops sorry i didnt see the 100-240v thing, yeah that should work with any standard travel adaptor

sam m
07-08-2004, 09:53 PM
> would be inclined to trust the plug. I have just had a quick look around >my desk:
>HP Deskjet 948C 100-240v 50/60 Hz

Good thinking. Might have a look around myself, but i get scared when i look under my desk with the mess i have to crawl through to find all those plugs. ;)

07-08-2004, 09:59 PM
I tried looking around under my desk, but all those leads seem to affect my compass, and I haven't got a long enough string to be sure of finding my way out again.

07-08-2004, 10:18 PM
It might be able to do both voltages, but you might have to
change the setting on the power supply

Billy T
07-08-2004, 10:39 PM
If it says 100-240 volts, that is the range of acceptable input voltages and all you need is a physical adapter to match our power points.

If it had said 110/240V then you would have been looking for a switch to change the voltage input setting as well as the adapter plug.

It should be a risk-free exercise.


Billy 8-{)

sam m
07-08-2004, 10:48 PM
Thanks for the replies. The more feedback I get the more confident I feel about the physical adapter rather than a transformer. Off to DSE tomorrow.

Thanks again

Graham L
08-08-2004, 03:00 PM
If you own a screwdriver, fitting a NZ plug is a much better idea if the device is going to live in NZ permanently. It will also be cheaper. :D The springs which make the connection in those pin-adapters are so weak that I always expect them to be arcing. If the power box has its pins fixed to it so you ahve to use an adapter, use it on an extension cord,lying on a horizontal surface. If it's plugged into the wall through a pin-adapter, it will fall out. Frequently.

sam m
09-08-2004, 07:39 AM
Not mine to play with but the travel plug adapter worked and national grid still up so all good.