Oops, I was posting on the wrong board :D - Need Help

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Didi
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Ok, just so I don't have to repeat everything, I need some advice regarding European chargers on North-American systems.

I posted this on the old board (silly me, never realized there was a new one lol!).

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Mark Vergeer
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power bricks / adapters

I bought a US DS Nintendo power adapter for use with my European DS when I travelled around New Jersy, New Jork, Boston etc last summer. The power output from the brick to the device is the same. Most modern bricks are able to handle input varying from 110 to 230 volts - often clearly indicated on the power adapters. They just switch to the powerinput proveded and output the same power output needed by the connected device.

There's tons of different voltages and power plugs. This page will show you an overview of the plugs.
http://www.eurocom.com/support/plugs.htm
In Europe most countries vary between 220 and 230 volts.
The US has 110 volts.

Xrays normally don't harm flash carts of camera's or game devices. Old chemical photo films could be damaged because of the xrays though. I haven't had any problems with my digital camera's going through the airport's xray machines. But I often burn photo's to cd before travelling just to be safe.

-= Mark Vergeer - Armchair Arcade editor =-

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Matt Barton
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x-rays

Yes, I can vouch for the safety of such things. I've brought my laptops, CDs, DVDs, and so forth through the X-ray many times and had no problems.

However, I do remember back in the 80s having problems with floppy disks and the postal service's X-rays. At the time, we were mailing disks back and forth between Germany, Indonesia, and Switzerland. We had to stamp the envelopes "PHOTO NEGATIVES INSIDE" to keep them from being x-rayed. The x-rays would corrupt the data on the disks to the point where we couldn't play the games on them.

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Bill Loguidice
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I think the connectors are

I think the connectors are the same for all power adapters for all territories, so it shouldn't be an issue, but don't quote me on that. I know there are others who can help you with that.

As for the X-Ray's thing, I wouldn't worry about it. I recently went on a cruise and we had all sorts of electronics, from digital cameras to PDA's to cell phones to laptops, and had that same concern. We were told that they do no harm, so I guess that's an old fashioned technology that used to be an issue.

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Bill Loguidice
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Here is Didi's Original Help Request Post

I didn't know where to post this, so move as needed.

As you all seem quite knowledgeable of your hardware, I hope someone can help me out. I'll be going back to Europe for a couple of months this winter, and wanted to take the PSP and the DS (especially because I want my dad to play Sudoku on it). But I realized that I won't be able to charge the batteries when they go out, because the outlets and voltage are different.

So what I need to know is: if I purchase a European DS or PSP charger, and assuming it converts to the same output (9V I think?), would it work or would it basically melt my systems? What would be my options for recharging the batteries then?

Any help is very appreciated ^_^

Also, do the x-rays on the airport harm the systems? I've heard stories of some 360 being ruined because of that so I'm freaking out about putting my stuff on the conveyor thingy.

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