Note re power in other nations:
Recently I was in Barcelona to give a presentation. My sponsors, the
Nielsen-Norman Group, were kind enough to Fed Ex me an adapter to take a US
plug and adapt to the round plugs European outlets.
So the first thing I did at the hotel after check-in was to plug my computer
into a small travel surge saver, and then plug that into the European
adapter, and then plug that into the European wall AC outlet.
Sparks hit my hand and the lights went out. It turns out that the US surge
saver didn't handle 220. This led to some consternation in the hotel, and to
me being known as Sparky for a week.
In general, I think most PC power adapters handle 220 just fine. Your US
surge protector may not. You may cause sparks and a power outage.
From: MSU Network Administrators Group [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
Behalf Of John Resotko
Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2007 8:06 AM
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Subject: [MSUNAG] Power Question: Australia
I thought I'd ask here before doing an extensive Google search. Is
Australia on 110V AC power like the US, or do they use the UK or EU type
power in homes? I have a faculty member travelling to Australia who
asked the question. The European power adapter kit I have doesn't
contain a special power adapter plug for Australia, so I was wondering
if anyone on the list knew what they use. Thanks.
John A. Resotko
Head of Systems Administration
Michigan State University College of Law
208 Law College Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
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Current Chairperson of the
MSU Network Communications Committee