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January 24, 2014 11:41:06 AM

Hello,
This may be a really stupid question, but pardon me as I'm a noob...
Can I use hardware components that I buy from US online stores, in my country without having any problems relating to power? Does it have something to do with the PSU...?
Also, what is the solution when any electric device is shipped with a different power adapter or cord than what's being use in my country?

Thank you.
January 24, 2014 12:17:10 PM

need a little more info here. what country? what hardware components? if you are talking about computer components it will not be a problem as their power is regulated by the psu.most any psu ive looked at has a switch to switch between 120v (north america) and 220 volt. the only power cord you would have to worry about would be the one from your wall outlet to the psu.you could,however purchase the proper cord in your own country from your favorite computer store. me, i would just chop the end off that plugs into the wall and wire the proper plug to the cord.be very careful doing this or have someone with some electrical experience give a hand.
January 24, 2014 12:35:46 PM

aldan said:
need a little more info here. what country? what hardware components? if you are talking about computer components it will not be a problem as their power is regulated by the psu.most any psu ive looked at has a switch to switch between 120v (north america) and 220 volt. the only power cord you would have to worry about would be the one from your wall outlet to the psu.you could,however purchase the proper cord in your own country from your favorite computer store. me, i would just chop the end off that plugs into the wall and wire the proper plug to the cord.be very careful doing this or have someone with some electrical experience give a hand.


Thanks @aldan.
My country is Algeria, which uses 220V. And I mean all computer components...
I'm also concerned about other electrical devices (Laptops, Tablets, gaming consoles, etc...). Since the US uses 120V, and my country uses 220V, can I use a PS4 for example (or any other device) that I buy from the US, in my country safely and without any issues?
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January 24, 2014 4:17:40 PM
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nope,that should do it. not sure how easy to find they are in algeria tho.thats up to you.lol.
February 25, 2014 10:56:31 PM

abdouz said:

My country is Algeria, which uses 220V. And I mean all computer components...
I'm also concerned about other electrical devices (Laptops, Tablets, gaming consoles, etc...). Since the US uses 120V, and my country uses 220V, can I use a PS4 for example (or any other device) that I buy from the US, in my country safely and without any issues?


1. Computer INTERNAL components like a processor, a graphics card, a mainboard are all "international" - they have nothing to do with the power grid voltage.
2. Computer PSU (Power supply unit) has to match your grid voltage. You need a 220V PSU for your computer. Some PSUs are universal, that means they will run on both 110V and 220/240V (possibly you will have to switch some switch for that) but there are 110V only PSUs and these won't work in your country.
3. Other electronic devices: you need to find out. Many devices have universal power supplies, my PSP has one, my cellphone has one - universal power supply will have it written on a label - for example: 100-240VAC.
4. With things like game consoles you have to be aware about TV standards and regions. USA uses NTSC TV standard, Europe PAL (or partly: SECAM) which are incompatible. Also game discs sold in the EU may not work with a console from US, because the manufacturer locked it that way.
Marek

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