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Electronics in Europe
Posted by: rasiMac
Date: May 05, 2011 10:52AM
am planning on a trip to europe this summer (first timer).
am toting cameras (one takes AA's), phone, MBP or ipad, and ipod.
just wanted some suggestions on euro voltage converters - are they all the same?
am thinking about also getting a couple of so-called "world cell phones" for emergency use, just in case.
definitely getting a Eurorail pass.
any other recommendations?

thanks

rasiMac
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Re: Electronics in Europe
Posted by: Manlove
Date: May 05, 2011 10:59AM
Travel light.
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Re: Electronics in Europe
Posted by: nwyaker
Date: May 05, 2011 11:00AM
Voltage converters are usually not necessary, as most device chargers are 120-240 volts.
You will need a plug adapter though, at least one without a ground as a lot of older buildings have non-grounding outlets.
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Re: Electronics in Europe
Posted by: MGS_forgot_password
Date: May 05, 2011 11:01AM
- Don't need a voltage converter for the MBP, just a cheap "adapter".

- iPad/iPod could just charge off the MBP, but you could use adapters too.

- They sell AA's in Europe. smiling smiley
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Re: Electronics in Europe
Posted by: billb
Date: May 05, 2011 11:03AM
all I've taken is a plug adapter


most battery charged stuff is 11/220 /50/60 and onlty the plug adapter is required.
some hotel rooms even have a 110/ US plug over the sink for a US electric razor


just in case / not mentioned: make sure your CC company(ies) know where you will be if you plan on possibly using a card there. ( and have their number handy just in case, too)



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Re: Electronics in Europe
Posted by: OWC Jamie
Date: May 05, 2011 11:18AM
Wife just got back from Greece, Turkey, Israel, Crete, and Santorini. She used this and it was perfect.

[eshop.macsales.com]

And ditto on the tell you CC company the dates you will be out of the country using your card. smiling smiley They still called me to confirm a purchase.

No cellphone, texting when on wifi networks was all she needed through her iPad.



Good Luck!
Jamie Dresser
Other World Computing
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Re: Electronics in Europe
Posted by: Trouble
Date: May 05, 2011 11:23AM
This is what I use [www.google.com]#

No parts to lose

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Re: Electronics in Europe
Posted by: M>B>
Date: May 05, 2011 11:34AM
Make a Xerox copy of your passport and other important documents and store in a separate location. You never know!
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Re: Electronics in Europe
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: May 05, 2011 11:50AM
Put an "emergency sheet" of phone numbers, and account numbers, in a Google Doc (and keep it PRIVATE, of course), so that if you lose all your stuff, or have it taken from you, you can access all your important must-calls from anyplace you can get internet access.



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Re: Electronics in Europe
Posted by: nwyaker
Date: May 05, 2011 01:20PM
Ditto what Paul said ... and copies of immunization card, passport, flight schedule, etc. to Google Docs too.
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Re: Electronics in Europe
Posted by: voodoopenguin
Date: May 05, 2011 01:24PM
Don't drink the water, take beads for the natives, if they don't understand you just shout louder. You'll be fine.

Paul



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Re: Electronics in Europe
Posted by: the_poochies
Date: May 05, 2011 02:26PM
Don't forget to dress the part.





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Re: Electronics in Europe
Posted by: Dakota
Date: May 05, 2011 07:48PM
Plugs and adaptors aren't the problem. Good luck finding a working outlet at airports.



After you discover you're riding a dead horse, your best strategy is to dismount.
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Re: Electronics in Europe
Posted by: IronMac
Date: May 06, 2011 05:46AM
Do NOT try this if you are one of the many morbidly obese Americans. cartman smiley

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the_poochies
Don't forget to dress the part.




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Re: Electronics in Europe
Posted by: davester
Date: May 06, 2011 09:39AM
In the spirit of the last post, do not wear a white T-shirt and sub-knee length shorts. You'll stick out like a sore thumb and be the target of all the pickpocketers within miles (not to mention being a fashion violation).



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Electronics in Europe
Posted by: Billiken
Date: May 08, 2011 11:51PM
You might want to re-think the Eurail Pass... The folks at Trip Advisor recommend avoiding passes and booking point-to-point tickets through the sites of the various European rail companies (NOT through Rail Europe!). My own experience has also shown this method to be much less expensive.
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