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05-27-2014, 08:25 AM   #1
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Battery Charge in Europe

Do I need to use a transformer to charge batteries in Europe? Or, will just an adapter work? I am worried 210 current might harm the battery charger.

05-27-2014, 08:34 AM   #2
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If you look at the Data panel on your charger it should specify the input voltage- for instance my D-BC90 charger (standard Pentax K5 charger) specifies 100V-240V 50-60 Hz input so should be quite safe in UK or USA
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Yep, not had a problem whatsoever since I moved to Finland from the USA. I just plug it into the adapter and off you go. Same thing with a laptop charger, they are built for travel.
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If the input voltage is marked as above all you need is a plug adapter or the power lead (cord) for the proper type of power outlet.

05-27-2014, 11:50 AM   #5
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If you get really stuck, most hotels have a 110 volt razor outlet.

You can also get a 220-110 volt transformer at travel shops and european appliance stores. They come in carrying sizes from 50 watts to 750 watts. Big ones weigh a lot
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You got the message about looking at the input voltage.

Most tourist level hotels in Europe provide at most one outlet. What I do for all my low power devices is attach a single small European to North American plug adapter to a 6 foot North American extension cord. I attach the adapter securely using electric tape. This type of cord is light weight and can be run around the outside edge of your luggage using otherwise wasted space. It allows me to simultaneously plug in up to three international voltage chargers without needing to adapt each one to a European type plug. You don't need (or want) one of those big oversized 'any plug to any plug' adapters.

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