Question from Benjamin: I need some advice, Rick.
Next month I’ll be heading to the UK for a six week visit.
I’ll need to take my laptop with me so I can work from my hotel while I’m over there.
The problem is the laptop’s charger operates at 110 volts and there’s no switch to change it to 220 volts like there is with my desktop computer.
How’s the best way to use this laptop during my visit to the UK?
Rick’s answer: That’s a great question Benjamin, and I have a couple of possible solutions for you:
1 – You didn’t mention the brand of your laptop, but if its a brand that’s popular in the UK you could probably go to a computer store once you get there and buy a replacement charger for use during your stay.
2 – You can buy a power adapter to make the voltage conversion for you.
For example, Amazon sells this handy power adapter (#ad) that will automatically reduce the voltage from 220 to 110. It also comes with a US to UK adapter for the plug as well.
Personally, I would recommend going with option #2 for the following reasons:
1 – You won’t have to scramble around searching for a replacement charger that’ll work with your laptop after you get to the UK.
2 – You’ll also be able to use this adapter to power any other small American appliances you end up taking with you on your trip.
3 – You’ll also be able to use this adapter to power your laptop and other devices in other countries should you decide to travel outside the UK while you’re over there.
4 – This adapter will also charge your mobile devices during your travels.
I hope you have a great time during your trip, Benjamin. Good luck!
Update from Benjamin: Solution #2 looks perfect for me, Rick. I’m going to order one right now! Thanks for your help.
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