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Hi.

Newbie here. I'll be leaving for Canada in a few days. I am planning to take my 550D with me. When I checked the battery charger, I found that the charging unit is of dual voltage (can accept both 110V and 240V). However, when i checked the plug, its ratings are 250V 2.5A.

My question is - if I were to use the plug and an adaptor to fit the plug into an electrical outlet in Canada, would it cause any problems? I know the charging unit will be fine. I am more concerned about the plug...

Hopefully someone who has travelled in that region before can give some pointers about this..

Thanks! :)
 

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Hi.

Newbie here. I'll be leaving for Canada in a few days. I am planning to take my 550D with me. When I checked the battery charger, I found that the charging unit is of dual voltage (can accept both 110V and 240V). However, when i checked the plug, its ratings are 250V 2.5A.

My question is - if I were to use the plug and an adaptor to fit the plug into an electrical outlet in Canada, would it cause any problems? I know the charging unit will be fine. I am more concerned about the plug...

Hopefully someone who has travelled in that region before can give some pointers about this..

Thanks! :)
The plug?
You mean this?

taken from http://best-b2b.com/userimg/545/566-2/electrical-plug-with-cord-715.jpg

That 250V 2.5A is probably meant as a safety indication, to say that the plug itself is not designed to carry a current of more than 2.5A on a 250V circuit. Since the electrical supply is 110V in Canada, and I presume your charger wouldn't draw more than 2.5A, the plug should be safe. I mean, it won't melt or anything.
 

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Yep. That's the plug type!

Thanks. I bought a step-up transformer just in case (of course, not for my charger! but for my other electronic stuffs) but its very bulky and heavy. Was thinking of leaving it behind if I don't have any special need for it and if i can afford not to take the other appliances.
 

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Yep. That's the plug type!

Thanks. I bought a step-down transformer just in case (of course, not for my charger! but for my other electronic stuffs) but its very bulky and heavy. Was thinking of leaving it behind if I don't have any special need for it and if i can afford not to take the other appliances.
as long as your electrical adapter has a voltage range (eg. 100-240V~), then you should be fine.
Most laptop power supplies and camera battery chargers should be of the multi-voltage variety.
 

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However, when i checked the plug, its ratings are 250V 2.5A.
These values are maximum values for the plug, your charger will only draw a tiny fraction of the 2.5A finally. Nothing to worry at all. Check your devices carefully, most chargers and other simple devices are designed to work in both power systems.
 

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Get a universal travel adaptor. It comes with different set of pins for the wall socket for different countries
 

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Thanks. I bought a step-down transformer just in case
That's seriously excessive. I can just shake my head....

Unless you have stuff that you die die die must bring and it only runs on 220V, seriously, just leave it at home. Hide it.
 

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That's seriously excessive. I can just shake my head....

Unless you have stuff that you die die die must bring and it only runs on 220V, seriously, just leave it at home. Hide it.
^^ what he said.

I doubt you'll need a step-down transformer (step-up in this case).
Most power adapters for commonly used mobile appliances (laptop, mobile, camera, iPod, ebook reader, iPad, etc) accept 100-250 V. I doubt it should be a problem.
What exactly are you taking that requires a transformer?
 

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^^ what he said.

I doubt you'll need a step-down transformer (step-up in this case).
Most power adapters for commonly used mobile appliances (laptop, mobile, camera, iPod, ebook reader, iPad, etc) accept 100-250 V. I doubt it should be a problem.
What exactly are you taking that requires a transformer?
An electric kettle actually.. Not for me but for my parent who is travelling with me. Anyway, thanks for all your advice! :)
 

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bademiya21 said:
An electric kettle actually.. Not for me but for my parent who is travelling with me. Anyway, thanks for all your advice! :)
Just go there buy one from a hypermart :)
Save the hassle :)
 

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An electric kettle actually.. Not for me but for my parent who is travelling with me. Anyway, thanks for all your advice! :)
Even budget hotels have this in the rooms, together with instant coffee and tea bags.
 

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