european plug

Apc (american power conversion) Power ad...
March 30, 2010 at 17:15:08
Specs: Windows Vista
I have seen

an device in this link
but I would like to know what kind of plug it has in the power adapter. I would like to use it outside of the UK, or its colonies so I would appreciate if you could confirm with me that this product has the outside of UK usual plug
instead of the UK plug.
Could you please tell from the picture in the link


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March 30, 2010 at 17:40:53
If you are in the UK go into your local ASDA where they sell a universal conversion kit that will allow UK plugs to be used almost anywhere in the world.

Looking at the pictures it looks like the standard non-UK European type two pin plug,

One thing you should also consider is that once you outside of Europe the voltages are going to be different. Europe has standardised on 230 v but on the other side of the pond it is 110 v. This adaptor seems to to take 110-240 v so you should be aright on that score.

The 50/60 Hz mains frequency shouldn't matter providing you are not running something with an AC motor in it. That usually means something like a washing machine but I don't think they will let you on the aircraft with a washing machine.


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March 30, 2010 at 17:50:28
Thanks Stuart

Another question is:

Does anyone know how could I assess whether this seller

is reliable in order to buy this product?

I have heard that ebay has some kind of system to know the reliability of any seller. What would you suggest me to look for when buying anything in ebay to avoid being a victim of a fraud?


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March 30, 2010 at 18:36:04
Look at the top right hand corner of the item posting(replicated):

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100% Votos positivos

24 isn't many in ebay terms, but at least they seem to be positive.


If you look carefully at the pictures the adapter seems to take an IEC cable(i.e computer mains cable) so you could just get a local IEC cable to go with it since it does 100v - 240v.

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March 30, 2010 at 18:56:31
As for the IEC cable, I guess you mean that if this product did not have the standard European non british plug, I might solve the problem by buying this

I just saw an equivalent device in

but I would like to confirm whether this would also work with 5.25 disks. As far as it is said in this link's product description,
this device work with 2.5'' and 3.5'' disks but it does not say anything about 5.25''. Must I assume it will work too with 5.25'' disks? I ask this because an equivalent product like

seems to be valid for 5.25'' disks too.

Any suggestion?

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March 30, 2010 at 19:19:34
#1 Yes, assuming that is correct plug for your needs. If you have lots of computer junk like me you could even have one laying around.

#2 I guess your talking about CD/DVD drives, from the description of the alternate product:

Supports SATA Hard drive, 2.5" laptop hard drives, 3.5" desktop hard drives, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-RW Combo devices

If you happen to have one of those old 5.25" IDE hard disks(I think Quantum used to make one) , I think your only option would be to chance it. They are so rare I doubt you would find anyone to list them in the specs. That said I would be surprised if it didn't work.

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March 30, 2010 at 19:38:27
And as for
the 5.25'' in the specs, I found that
does mention 5.25'' support under the specs like I cite below:

"Compatibile con 2.5" / 3.5" / 5.25" CD, CDRW, DVD, DVDRW, IDE Hard Disk e SATA Hard Disk HD, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-RW, COMBO."

As for
"I guess your talking about CD/DVD drives, from the description of the alternate product", I am talking about any possible drive like cd, dvd, hard disk,... because I want this product to be as useful and compatible as possible. So it would be cool if it could work with the old 5.25''. It would be great also if it worked not only with hard disks but with CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-RW Combo devices like you said. I hope this product fulfills all this devices. The one I am not sure yet is the 5.25'' disk support because

just says this:

"Supports SATA Hard drive, 2.5" laptop hard drives, 3.5" desktop hard drives, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-RW Combo devices"
so it is not clear whether it supports 5.25'' like the product from
which does support 5.25''.

Hopefully I explained right what I meant.

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March 30, 2010 at 20:50:37
I saw the 5.25" in the description and took it as only optical drives, I could be wrong. Consider standard CD/DVD media is wider than 3.5" and therefore could not be accommodated in a 3.5" drive.

Really it isn't a matter of the physical size of the device, but a matter of the interface. For the 40 pin interface(IDE) to support optical drives it must be support ATAPI.

What I find unclear on either description is whether they support optical drives on both sata and IDE or only one or the other.

The descriptions simply don't have the information to answer your question. You may just have to send a message(via ebay) to the sellers to ask if they support all of these devices.

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