Long-term usage of "travel adapter" for laptop?

Mar 25, 2018
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Hi,
I brought my laptop + charger from USA to Australia (where electricity is 230V 50Hz).
Now, in the past I successfully used a "US to Australia travel adapter" that dials down the voltage. But back then it was for short trips, while now I'm settling in Australia for years. So I was wondering whether a "travel adapter" is okay for long term? Or might it shorten the laptop's life somehow, e.g. due to current fluctuations?
My alternative is to purchase a complete Australia laptop charger, but it's a bit expensive.

Thanks :)
 
The vast majority of laptop AC adapters will work with either 110V or 230V. Look on the adapter itself at the allowable input voltages. If it says 110-230V, then you are all set - a transformer to reduce the voltage will not be necessary. All you will need is to buy a short power cord to go from the adapter (usually mickey mouse power connector) to the wall socket of the country you're visiting.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEC_60320#Appliance_couplers
 

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You could just source a charger from Ebay/Aliexpress which conforms to your laptop. I'd always suggest buying from sellers that sell genuine parts/adapters. In retrospect, you shouldn't have any issues. The step down adapter/transformer should do it's job fine but as with all electronic devices they will need to have a close eye on it in case it malfunctions at your hour of need.
 
The vast majority of laptop AC adapters will work with either 110V or 230V. Look on the adapter itself at the allowable input voltages. If it says 110-230V, then you are all set - a transformer to reduce the voltage will not be necessary. All you will need is to buy a short power cord to go from the adapter (usually mickey mouse power connector) to the wall socket of the country you're visiting.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEC_60320#Appliance_couplers
 
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