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Can I use this electrical AC cord in Europe where its 220V?

Asked by 2davidc8 (9857points) April 20th, 2011

I bought a battery charger (for rechargeable batteries for electronic gadgets) that says that the input can be 100V-240V 50/60Hz, but it comes with an AC cord that has a tape marked “125V 7A” on it. Can this charger and cord be used in Europe where the electricity is 220V?
I believe the charger is OK to use without a voltage converter, but what about the cord?

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BarnacleBill's avatar

The plugs are a different shape in Europe. If you go to Radio Shack, they will sell you a plug adaptor kit and and a voltage converter.

thorninmud's avatar

The cord will be fine. The cord diameter has to increase if you’re pushing higher amps, but running higher voltage at this low amperage won’t pose any problem.

2davidc8's avatar

@thorninmud Thank you for your reply. And if I remember my high school physics correctly, when you increase the voltage, you decrease the amperage by the same factor, and vice versa, right? So, when the charger is running at 110V, the amperage is higher than when it runs with 220V. Or do I have my facts wrong?

thorninmud's avatar

@2davidc8 Yep, Ohm’s law.

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