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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I bought this one and am currently using it in the Philippines now on their 220 volts. Its self switchable so you don't have to remember. Fits into my RT31P2 without any modification.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Hey everyone,

My father is heading over to Italy in two weeks and is going to take my rt31p2 adapter as well as cordless phone...unfortunately both do not support the 220v...

i went to radio shack and bought the 80-1600 watt voltage converter...

i plan on plugging a surge protector into that then my rt31p2 and phone into the surge protector

i spoke to a few electrical people about this and they said it would work fine,.....

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2005 3:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Just a couple things since I can't resist putting in my .02 cents.

First, unless your dad really has an attachment to those cordless phones, I would recommend picking one up in-country. A basic cordless phone probably won't set you back more than $15 and you don't have to worry about powering it.

As for the transformers from Radio Shack, my experience has been "user beware" -- and I don't say that to scare you. If you check all the user info (which probably isn't that extensive) you'll probably see somewhere -- "not for continuous use". Take that caution under advisement.

My opinion is that the option posted above is a better solution. Again, that's just my two cents. Personally, since I've been overseas for so long, I have a big old heavy-duty transformer that's about 5lbs and have a US power strip plugged into it for all my US stuff.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2005 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

albee44,

I concur with bart's post. Having lived overseas for a number years in the past, the best way to deal with transforming from 220 to 110 is to get one of those big old transformers that weight a ton but are far superior in terms of reliability. My father who currently lives overseas only deals with those kinds of transformers with his sensitive electronics.

I once used one of those dinky plastic-cased transformers and almost shocked myself to death. They cannot handle the at times unstable electric voltage you get overseas.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2005 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

how much do they weigh?...where can i look it up the net?


thanks
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2005 7:39 pm    Post subject: Australia Reply with quote Back to top

I took the power adaptor Vonage gave me with the router into an electrical equipment shop in Sydney, Australia and found a very helpful shop assistant who checked over all the specifications, told me I had to be very careful and then selected an appropriate adaptor. It works fine. My guess is that (sorry all Americans) they're so insular in the US they're unlikely to know the solution to the problem (or even understand the problem) and you may have to go into a store when you get to where you are going

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2005 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

albee,

it's best to purchase them in the country where you will be using the equipment. I would not purchase them here.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2005 3:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Homintern -- From my perspective (which is all one really has to offer after all Very Happy) I'd have to disagree on a couple of accounts, and refer everyone to the RP Electronics link in quisp65's post above. That is one of the best and most economical solutions I've seen, especially if you are essentially US-based, but do use the telephone adapter abroad.

With this one power supply, you're set for use in the US as well as world travel with just a set of plug adapters for whatever standard you need. The power adapters you buy in-country are likely to be only for the "local" plug system and they tend to be a bit sizeable from my experience. I'm not saying that they won't work, of course. I have one of those universal supplies for the European continent, running an output range of something like 3 to 12 volts, at 1amp and it worked fine with my RT31P2. The key is just that the supply can maintain 12volts, 1a, without a drop in output. Such a drop probably wouldn't damage the router, but makes the reliability very spotty. The big thing to be careful about is making sure NOT to plug the standard issue 110 supply into a 220 outlet. That will almost certainly turn the router into a smoking paper-weight.

Ultimately, I guess it' s a matter of personal preference and I am happy with my current set-up (running through a transformer that takes a circus strong-man to lift) but upon my next trip to the US, I'll likely get one of those $18 babies.

The other thing I wanted to mention about us Americans Very Happy .
The problem is really not rocket-science and we use 220 as well --- it's just that residential installatin is run at 110, with the exception of 220 which is still standard for our clothes dryers, etc.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2005 10:50 am    Post subject: Power supply Reply with quote Back to top

I was told (and had it demonstrated) that simply getting any old 220V adaptor was likely to blow the router. It had to be one that complied in Australia with the technical speccifcations printed on the adaptor supplied in the US to work with the router. A particular model of adaptor had to be found (and was)
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2005 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Two more cents from me concerning the bigger, heavier transformers.

1) for travelers, they weigh too much IMHO.
2) for those who will be paying their own electric bills, (i.e., American military stationed overseas), you'll end up taking the cash that you saved on phone bills and pay it toward your electric bill.

I say go for the least-wasting and least-weighing solutions.
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