Does anyone have any advice on using a notebook in South East Asia.. mainly Thailand. The power sockets out there have no ground, so you get a shock everytime you touch anything that is connected to the mains. God knows how their electrical goods don't fry. Are they any gadgets that can rectify this problem? And having it plugged into the mains, I assume that it won't do the battery any good, as the voltage is 220AC, 50 Hertz. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
I have worked in SE Asia in countries such as Indonesia, China and Malaysia for the last 10 years and have used laptops there for my work. The standard voltage in these countries is 220v at 50Hz(which is the same as Europe) where as in the US it is 110v at 60Hz and again have had no troubles using there also, most of the laptops these days do not use a ground pin but as g0slp has previously stated the power adapter for most laptops can work from 110v to 220v and 50 or 60Hz so these will adapt to the local voltage. By the way I am now in Moscow and the same Laptop has been following me around the world for the last year without any problems.
There are 2 types of power outlet in Thailand - the thin 2-pin ones they use in the US and the round 2-pin ones they use in Europe. All you'll need is an adapter that plugs into either of these sockets to give you a 3-pin UK connection so you can plug the laptop into the socket.
You won't have a problem with the voltage because it won't need to be converted. You'll just find a UK 3-pin won't fit in their sockets so you'll just need an adapter. Mine cost £6 from Sainsburys and fits Europe, USA, Asia and even Australia (Australia have a weird 3-pin plug where the 2 bottom blades are slanted).
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