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    Hi guys

    Am traveling to USA later this year and want to no if I buy an iPad over there(wifi only)will it work here in Ireland updates etc etc?
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    I don't see a problem with updates, but Americas electricity is different to uk's.....there's is 110v and we are 240v
    This would create problems, the plug socket will be different also.
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    When u say problems?! Sorry im new to iPad stuff
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    Well they work on a lower power source than us, half the voltage, so just changing the plug to a 3 pin 240v one would burn out the transformer.
    Does this make sense?
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    No sorry! So u mean changing the having the proper plug would still be no good
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    That's exactly it Ste, by just changing the plug, you would create a meltdown within the transformer.
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    Damn!! There so much cheaper over there! Is there any alternative?
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    Check out how much a replacement uk transformer for the iPad is, see if it is still the cheaper option once you've bought it, it may still save you a few pounds
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    Changing the lead wouldn't work, from what I have just googled, the power transformer is within the iPad, sorry.
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    Ok thanks very much for ur help!
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    I've just read the above link, some interesting stuff on there, certainly food for thought!!
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    Ya had a quick look over it seems good thanks
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    Hello Ste2911 - believe that The Rambler has provided you w/ much information and a number of detailed links about the issues involved w/ charging the iPad; just in summary there are 3 main issues:

    1. The standard 'American' 110v charger is 10W, lower power 'rip offs' are offered but be careful in your choices - you need the right power for effective charging.

    2. 110v vs. 220v - in Ireland your power supply from the wall is 220v - some type of transformer adapter is needed to down the voltage to 110v.

    3. Wall plugs - as you likely already know, these will vary; a wall plug adapter may just be that, i.e. does not also down the voltage; of course, universal adapters that include both choosing different voltages and offering different plug-in adapters are available.

    Just do some searching around - there are plenty of different options of solve this issue; just not a major problem to solve but you obviously need to understand the principles - good luck! :)
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    Wow thanks alot guys really appreciate it!! What's best option for me?
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    Actually the power supplies Apple uses are capable of handling most standard voltage sources. Mine says 100 - 240 V at 50 to 60 Hz.

    The only thing you would need is a physical adaptor so you can plug it into whatever outlet you use in Ireland. Apple sells an international adaptor kit, but if you want to save money any USA to European kit should be fine, not as pretty, but fine.

    This makes sense you know. A lot of companies do it these days. It is a lot cheaper in the long run to make one kind of power supply with a few cheap adaptor parts.

    Do watch out for cheap third party power supplies though. Read the specs closely.
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    Can I not use the same plug and cord I charge my iPhone with?
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    I'm sorry but this information is not correct. The iPad charger is a switched-mode charger and is compatible with any voltage from 100-250volts. You will need a 'travel adaptor' to handle the different plug shape, but that's all.

    Tim
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    Agreed, Tim. The OP has been seriously misinformed. Ireland and the UK a higher voltage (220/240) but the iPad switches to the higher voltage automatically and NO harm will come to it from this.

    All you need is an adapter for your US pins. You can buy some very expensive International Adapters - and if you do lots if travelling outside the US it is a good investment - but if not you should be able to find a simple adapter to fit the iPad plug for a few dollars.

    Enjoy

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