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Electrical Equipment

Post Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 6:34 am

Can I just use a conversion adaptor (for the electrical outlet) to hook up my computers if I bring them from England? I know I have done it when I have been over on holiday and used my laptop. Just not sure if my pc would work the same.

Same question for my DVD player and other electrical entertainment stuff?

Is Spain on the PAL system ame as England?

 

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 12:53 pm

Most if not all English electrical items work in Spain, however, you can have a problem with sound on UK TV's, buy a cheap video recorder here in Spain and use that between the aerial and TV. Job done.

 

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:46 pm

Pc will work fine in Spain. If you do do a lot of work on the computer and the power in the area goes down now and again. It may be worth looking into buying an uninterruptible power supply, UPS. Basically a battery back-up you put in line, so if the power goes down it gives you twenty/thirty minutes to save work and shut down safely.

www.dynos.es/Tienda/in...dfab=00019

 

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 6:29 pm

- Jake

Pc will work fine in Spain. If you do do a lot of work on the computer and the power in the area goes down now and again. It may be worth looking into buying an uninterruptible power supply, UPS. Basically a battery back-up you put in line, so if the power goes down it gives you twenty/thirty minutes to save work and shut down safely.

www.dynos.es/Tienda/in...dfab=00019


Great advice - there are lots of storms and every time the day after the computer shops are busy fixing pcs - I know it happened to me and melted down my pc so do get a UPS - also note there are frequent power cuts in some areas.

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Re: Electrical Equipment

Post Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 12:10 am

- cajun_spice98

Can I just use a conversion adaptor (for the electrical outlet) to hook up my computers if I bring them from England? I know I have done it when I have been over on holiday and used my laptop. Just not sure if my pc would work the same.

Same question for my DVD player and other electrical entertainment stuff?

Is Spain on the PAL system ame as England?



If I were you I would use something that is fused between the TV and the Socket. I didn't and my TV blew up and I was unable to get a fuse that worked. Someone advised me to use a piece of silver paper - I didn't I just bought a new TV!

Toooooo scary! Shocked


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Re: Electrical Equipment

Post Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 5:30 pm

Before my last trip to spain I bought a load of cheap adapters off ebay.
On arrival I found that they were rather intermittent with some UK plugs
(apart from it being very hard to insert the UK plugs).
When I took one apart I found that the metal inside the adapters only
made contact near the body of the UK plug. That was OK with plugs that
had solid brass pins, but some of mine with half plastic/half brass were
hard to get "just right"

You may prefer to bring out a UK multiway adapter - preferably with
built in surge protection and then change the UK plug for a spanish plug
when you get out here. I did this with a spanish plug I bought from the
local ferreteria for 1.30EUR, works much better now!

Pete

 

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Re: Electrical Equipment

Post Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 9:46 pm

Thanks everyone for all the advice. We just bought a power pack for a small TV we have that we use when on location. So will bring that with us for power toshut down computer in case of power failure.

 

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