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Maybe moving to Ireland. Question on power outlets

Maybe moving to Ireland. I am thinking about buying a Sony VAIO laptop. Problem is, I don't want to buy it, and not be able to use it over there.

Does anyone know if Sony sells A/C cords that will work in Europe?  It should be simple right? Just a different A/C cord that plugs into the existing power supply ?

Thanks
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Alan HendersonCommented:
Yes any Sony Vaio cord for that machine with a European plug or an adaptor will do the job. Voltage switch is automatic.
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Alan HendersonCommented:
This is the type of power plug used in Ireland and the UK:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europlug
You'll be able to pick up an adaptor for a few dollars.
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CallandorCommented:
If the power adapter says it can accept "INPUT: A.C. 100-240V", it can handle the 220V 50 cycle power in Ireland, but you may need an adapter for the round plugs.  This site is for Turkey, but it should apply for most of Europe that uses 220v: http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/details/Electricity.html  If it can't accept anything above 120v, then you will need a transformer adapter with round plugs: http://www.220-electronics.com/
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dissolvedAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the responses.  
So I guess there are two issues here. I am still a little confused?

1. Can Ireland supply the proper amount of voltage to the VAIO (and can the vaio accept it?)
From your responses, I am guessing the answer is yes?

2. One thing I will HAVE to buy, is either the proper ac cord. Or get a convertor for my existing US plug?
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Alan HendersonCommented:
1.  As Callandor says, it will be stated on the adaptor transformer/converter, but I don't believe any modern laptops are not auto-detecting for voltage and frequency.

2.  That's right.
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dissolvedAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys, let's hope that vaio has an auto-detecting adaptor
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Alan HendersonCommented:
Laptops are used by travellers. Sony aren't going to be daft enough to build one which can't be used internationally.
No worries :o)
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dissolvedAuthor Commented:
good point!
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