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HELP! I'm bringing my Konica Minolta A200 to England this summer and have a.

Konica Minolta Lithium Ion Battery charger BC-900. Can anyone tell me what I should do about voltage when taking a battery charger used in the US to England?.

1) Do I need a new battery charger?.

2) Is there some kind of adapter I should buy that would make this battery charger compatible with the UK's 220 voltage (which is not the same as Europe's).I really need to be sure that what I have will work before I leave.Thanks in advance for any suggestions..

Tracy M...

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Tracymar wrote:.

HELP! I'm bringing my Konica Minolta A200 to England this summer andhave aKonica Minolta Lithium Ion Battery charger BC-900. Can anyone tellme what I should do about voltage when taking a battery charger usedin the US to England?.

1) Do I need a new battery charger?2) Is there some kind of adapter I should buy that would make thisbattery charger compatible with the UK's 220 voltage (which is notthe same as Europe's).I really need to be sure that what I have will work before I leave.Thanks in advance for any suggestions..

Tracy.

You may need a magnifying glass - I did! - but check the back of your charger and I think you'll find it says Input AC100-240V (at least that's what the BC-400 for the A2 has written on it)..

Many devices are like this charger these days, they sense the characteristics of the supply, and adjust themselves accordingly - and often the same charger is shipped with the camera in all markets, with a power lead localised by the type of plug attached..

What you will need though is an adaptor - not a voltage changer or rectifier - so you can make the physical connection to the power supply. All it has to do is fit into the sort of wall sockets that are used in England. The same one should work with all the devices you're likely to bring - your phone charger, laptop etc etc..

They're pretty cheap - either get one that's specific to the UK, or the sort that can be used in lots of countries..

(If the Ameican version uses a power lead, rather than having prongs that go directly into the power supply socket, you could alternatively just buy a new lead that will cost very little - but you might have to wait till you get to the UK to do so!).

(added later: here's an example of the sort of adaptor I meant!).

Http://www.amazon.com/PLUG-ADAPTER-VP-20-AUSTRALIAN/dp/B000NNGXIC.

Hope that helps - have a great trip!.

Peter.

Peter - on the green island of Ischiahttp://www.pbase.com/isolaverde..

Comment #1

The supply voltage across the EU countries (includng the UK) was standardised about four years ago at 230V at 50Hz. Most recent chargers are multivoltage, so you should have no problems but check the labelling on the charger carefully..

The big difference is the plugs used which can vary a bit. Here is a visual guide:.

Http://kropla.com/electric.htm#plugs.

The standard travel adapters are not much use in countries like Switzerland where they have their own plug design. Most adapters don't fit this one and a few others, so it's worthwhile checking first..

Malcy.

Http://www.flickr.com/photos/malcy/setshttp://picasaweb.google.com/lumachrome..

Comment #2

Perhaps you should tell us which country you are comming from first.Jules.

Tracymar wrote:.

HELP! I'm bringing my Konica Minolta A200 to England this summer andhave aKonica Minolta Lithium Ion Battery charger BC-900. Can anyone tellme what I should do about voltage when taking a battery charger usedin the US to England?.

1) Do I need a new battery charger?2) Is there some kind of adapter I should buy that would make thisbattery charger compatible with the UK's 220 voltage (which is notthe same as Europe's).I really need to be sure that what I have will work before I leave.Thanks in advance for any suggestions..

Tracy M..

Why can't you blow bubbles with chewing gum?..

Comment #3

JulesJ wrote:.

Perhaps you should tell us which country you are comming from first.Jules.

From the OP:.

"Can anyone tell me what I should do about voltage when taking a battery charger used in the US to England?".

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #4

Thanks for pointing that out I missed it. Yes voltage is fine but you need a US/UK adapter. Usually available at airport of departure.Jules.

Chris Elliott wrote:.

JulesJ wrote:.

Perhaps you should tell us which country you are comming from first.Jules.

From the OP:.

"Can anyone tell me what I should do about voltage when taking abattery charger used in the US to England?".

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/.

Why can't you blow bubbles with chewing gum?..

Comment #5

Tracy,.

Please note that, with very few exceptions......

..... hotels across Europe and UK have a standardised 2-pin shaver socket fitted in the bathroom. This will not only accept American 2-pin flat without any adaptor and without any difficulty, but it is even switchable/selectable to 115volts if your charger cannot handle 230v, for some reason..

So, essentially, there is one source of "American style" electricity right there and ready for you..

Maybe you have the same kind of sockets in the States?.

Here in UK it has also been usual for this sort of shaver socket to be installed in new-build homes, a practise which has been carried out for at least 45 years that *I* know about. Because of this standardisation many home owners have had them installed when refurb-ing older bathrooms....

... so they are very common indeed, over here!.

Naturally, the socket itself is not designed for even modestly heavier loads (no hairdryers!) but a battery charger will be fine. In any case, if it happens that the socket is overloaded somehow, a built-in thermal cutout will trip automatically........ and then reset when the load is removed and it's had a chance to cool off..

At the very least the bathroom socket will provide a stop-gap charging option whilst you shop around for a 2-pin adaptor when you get here (cheap) rather than buying one before you leave.. (expensive)..

I suggest you go to a DIY superstore like B&Q, Homebase, Wickes.Costs about 1.25 or so ($2.50)Regards,Baz..

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