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    Default Computer/electrical plug question

    We are leaving all our appliances. Mixer, blender, coffee maker - all that stuff. It just doesn't seem practical to be messing with converters and so forth.

    I'm wondering about the computer, though. It's an HP desktop. Most PC power supplies can handle 220v. Does anyone know if I can just obtain a different cord - that runs from the PC to the wall, with the proper plug configuration, and be up and running?

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    Yes. They are available at Dick Smith Electronics and Stationery Warehouse for under $10.

    You might want to rethink buying a converter or two and brining your small appliances. American-style coffee makers are rare here, and I've yet to find one that I'd actually buy. Other small appliances tend to be pricey and quality brands come at a premium.

    Get yourself a couple of 500v or 750v transformers for under $200, throw 'em in the shipping container, and you'll be fine.


    I got mine here:

    Heavy Duty Step UP and Down Voltage Transformers

    I went with the A-style and so far, so good. I don't have anything that I run continuously off them, but they've worked well running my stereo and Wii for 6+ hours at a time. I've also used them with my heavy-duty stand mixer with no problems.

    You can also buy new plugs for small electronic items like your wireless router, scanner, etc. They tend to run about $30+, which is cheaper than buying new here but more expensive than running a couple of them off a transformer.
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    Sorry ... I see you're not going the container route. So, nevermind all that other unsolicited advice.
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    Thanks KH. I happened upon this at ebay:
    Lot of 10 New Zealand Australian Power Cord 3 Prone CPU - (eBay item 140180872798 end time Nov-24-07 16:46:46 PST)

    So I bought the lot. I figure I'll need 1 for computer, 1 for monitor, 1 for Linksys, maybe 2 more for whatever comes up. If anyone else is going over from the US and wants some of the others, message me and we'll work it out.

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    That's a good deal ... I didn't even think to see if I could find them before I came here!
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