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If my wife buys a laptop in the philippines can we buy a converter here in the US so we can use it here?(so it can be plugged in to the wall outlet)

Were is a place that we could get one?

Both of mine have internal coverters. You can see on the back of the machine what voltages can be used. Check that before you buy a converter.

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Bought our laptop in the US and took it to the wife to use during our journey. The power cord/converter we had was good to 230v I believe. In other words it works in Phils as well as US without any extra things. If there is a doubt, and you haven't bought it yet, call the company's tech support. Also took her an all in one with the same electrical setup so we could scan, fax, copy ect all the forms and things we needed. Just took it as a box and declared it when we got there as a gift for my wife. The officer waved me through. Best of luck!!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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I bought my fiancee a dell laptop. Brought it there. She just plugs it in without anything. I don't believe I've ever needed to convert and I've traveled allover the islands, provinces to large cities.

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All laptops have built in converters in their power brick. All you need to do is buy the travel heads or buy the detachable cable by itself.

Almost all desktop computers are ready for 110v or 220v also. Just look on the back you and will see a switch for 110v or 220v.

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no need to have an adapter. 99% of all laptops have the converter built right in like stated above.


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Some laptops in the Philippines might be purchased in the Middle East, and hence have either the British (really big) 3-prong plug or the European 2-post plug. Just make sure you have adapters!


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Compare prices on the laptops......you're allowed to bring one with you on a visit, just don't have to bring it back immediately. Might be worth the effort. I have software here that I put on my wife's laptop. Set the computer up with everything she'd need, installed and dropped it off. Saved time, and I think money doing it that way. Ultimately it's your decision , but Best Buy is running some pretty good deals as are other competitors. Best of luck!! :thumbs:

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Every laptop and cell phone I have seen work both on 120 a00 to 240volt, no need for a converter.

With that said, the laptops in the philippines are super overpriced and underspec'd for the cost. But, its not worth the risk to buy in the usa and mail to her. If she is coming to the usa soon, just get her a cheap used netbook .


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I would purchase the laptop in the US, and either ship it or bring it next time you visit. Laptops here in the US are much cheaper. Its been recommend to me to purchase either IBM laptops (made in china) or Japanese laptops (Toshiba, Sony etc) as you will an easier time with parts and service. You can find plug converters on amazon for 7 or 8 dollars, or most any magazine shop in an airport. As others have pointed out, Don't worry about voltage conversion, all new and newish laptops will convert just about anything to the required voltage. When I visited Korea, I brough along a small power strip w/surge protection and the hotel provided the voltage conversion for what items that needed it. I assume that's the same as in RP . .or even easier!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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If you can avoid purchasing over there do so, pitiful specs and high prices almost make it wothwhile to fedx one and pay the fees.


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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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I brought my laptop when I got here. And it works fine. No need converter because adapters nowadays can handle 110-240 Volts.


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Mikhail - converters are available in each city with an East Indian Shopping Mall.

If you get stumped, come to Houston for a weekend, send me an email, I'll give you the short list for electrics.

USUALLY a power brick can adapt to any voltage, but then the FIT, itself, might need to be converted to a USA plug fitting .

So, if that's the case, it's an easy 5 dolla fix.

If you want to get fancy, can replace the power brick for her specific laptop after she arrives.


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