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Battery Charger Question - adapting to 240v

by SamD4 / April 19, 2007 11:51 PM PDT

I have a Nikon D80 and the MH-18a battery charger (I think that's the model #). I live in the US, but will be traveling to Africa where the electricity runs at 230v.

Now the battery charger itself is fine, but the power cord is only rated for use in the US.

The Nikon web-site suggested picking up a power cord when I arrive in the airport. I'm not sure that I want to take a chance that the airport will have what I need. If there wasn't an appropriate store, or it was closed, then I'd be screwed. I'd rather be all set ahead of time. Nikon's customer support has not been very helpful either.

I tried doing a search for power cords rated for 240v, but it's hard to find anything easily that way.

So... here's the question. Can anyone help me in finding the correct power cord. Another thought would be using a voltage converter. It sounds liike that should let me safely use my set up.

I know that I will also need a plug adapter - but those seem easy to find compared to this.


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Very strange.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 20, 2007 12:09 AM PDT

I've found airports to be the best at such adapters. About the "cord". ALL cords I have use a 600 or higher volt rating cable or wire. So 240V on said cord is just fine.

You may be over analyzing.


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by SamD4 / April 20, 2007 12:24 AM PDT
In reply to: Very strange.

Thanks. Personally, I would have been fine just getting the plug adapter. Very simple.

It was the Nikon web site itself that said the power cord I got would not work.

This is from their FAQ about using the camera overseas

"Yes, Nikon Digital SLR cameras have an auto switching (from 100v to 240V 50hz/60hz) battery charger that will work in most countries around the world. ...Note that the cord included with the charger and/or A/C adapter is designed for 110 volt use only.

A power cord suitable for the local power system should be obtained on arrival, most airport shops and computer suppliers will carry these items which are typically used for Laptop Power supply connections."

I thought I would have been fine too.

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They are right.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 20, 2007 12:51 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks

The cord has the plug that is for 110V outlets so it won't work.

That why and if my unit supports 240 I use a plug adapter. So they are right. Good luck on finding a new cord.


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