Do Apple Power Adapters Work Overseas?

by Michael on February 13, 2012 · 3 comments

In a few weeks, I’m traveling to South America. In preparation, I’m trying to figure out what I’ll need in the way of power converters. As it turns out, just about the only things that I’ll need to plug in are made by Apple.

There are actually two issues here… Do I need a power converter? And do I need an adapter to make the plugs fit the outlets? As it turns out, Apple chargers will work pretty much anywhere on Earth without a converter.

As you’re likely aware, the power standard here in the United States is 110V at 60 Hz. Canada and Mexico are the same. But in many other locales*, the electricity standard is 220V at 50 Hz.

Take a close look at your Apple power adapter. In small (possibly very small) print, you’ll see that it works for voltages between 100V and 240V at 50-60 Hz. This is true of all recent iPhone, iPod, iPad, and Mac adapters.

But will it fit the wall plugs? That’s another question entirely, and the answer is maybe. I’ll be staying at a high-end hotel, and I’ve heard that most of these in the area have U.S.-style outlets available.

I’ll contact them in advance just to be sure, but I’m hopeful…

And, of course, if you have anything else that can be charged via USB, you can simply plug in into the USB ports on your Mac.

*Note: As far as South America goes, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay all appear to use 220V power. Brazil uses both 110V and 220V depending on where you are, and the more northern countries seem to use 110V.

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