Laptop from India; Power Adapter Compatablity

Arun sent the following question via email about carrying laptop from India and power cord comparability in U.S.

Arun –
I need some advice regarding carrying laptops to the US. Since US follows the power system convention of 110V, I was just wondering if the laptops that we use in India would work in the US or if there is any further adaptor etc. that we would need to procure. Thanks in advance for the reply !!

You can bring your laptop from India to US and it should work without issues in U.S. Pretty much all the power adapter/power cord will support Input 100-240V. In India you will be using 230v and in US it will be 110v.

So, bring your laptop with power adapter and I don’t know how the pin configuration that plugs-in the power outlet looks like. Based on that you may have to buy a new power cord that connect from power adapter  to the wall outlet.

If your power adapter supports only 230v instead of 100 to 240v, you can buy a new power adapter + power cord in U.S., it will be about $20 to $40.

Do you have more questions about laptop or other electronic products? Leave a comment below.

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34 Comments

  1. vinay on July 5, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    can i buy a trimmer from India and use it in USA ?

  2. priya on April 29, 2014 at 6:20 AM

    is it wise to buy laptop in the US (money wise) or should i buy it from India itself?

  3. Satish on July 27, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    from where should I buy new Laptop India or Canada …. which will cheaper way as a student ???

  4. Pallabita on November 2, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    I recently got a laptop from USA the 3pin charger is getting directly inserted into indian plug points…without any adapter…but i am not sure is it safe to use it like that as the voltage used in both the countries are different..please reply.

    • HSB on November 2, 2011 at 3:07 PM

      Your power adapter will support 110 to 240. If its doesn’t support, by now you laptop will be out of battery. Thats the reason companies make charger/adapter in 2 pieces with adapter supporting 110 to 240. they have to change only the cable going to power outlet.

  5. sq115 on July 11, 2011 at 5:09 AM

    Check with your university, they have special student discounts on laptops during fall, and all the big brands provide good discounts on laptops if you buy online from them, like HP, Dell, Apple etc. Better laptops at cheaper price. But if you already have one, just take that with you and buy one when you feel like yours isn’t doing the job anymore.

  6. Vishal on July 10, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    well USA and European countries uses Flat pin sockets unlike Round pin sockets in India and neighboring countries.
    So better to buy a pin converter socket than to get a new adapter as many laptops sold in India are not sold in USA or Europe and vice-versa.

    if someone could just help me out where to get such converters in India would be of help as i’ll be leaving for my MS in few months.

    • Ankita on September 20, 2011 at 10:23 PM

      flat pins r available anywhre n everywhre!

  7. kabir on July 5, 2011 at 1:42 AM

    Hi HSB and frnds,

    How about mobile phone?? Can we take from here??

    Thanks

  8. Abhay Deshmukh on June 30, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Laptops are much cheaper in USA, and with better configuration. So it just doesnt make sense to carry a laptop from India into the U.S.

    • Sheajad on January 1, 2012 at 4:34 AM

      Is the laptop cheaper in Canada.?

      i hope any body will reply soon.

  9. Charles Nwamba on June 29, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Economically, is it cheaper to but a laptop in india in comparison to the USA?

    • HSB on June 29, 2011 at 1:03 PM

      Nope. Laptops are cheaper in USA.

      • Sheajad on January 1, 2012 at 4:36 AM

        @HSB

        is the laptop cheaper in Canada.

      • Sheajad on January 1, 2012 at 4:36 AM

        @HSB

        is the laptop cheaper in Canada.?

  10. verghese on June 29, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    no trouble with using any laptop in any part of the world.After all that’s what they are meant to do

  11. vishal on February 21, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Hi,
    I already got a HP Pavilion dv7 series from the US. One of ma cousin's bought it and sent along with one of ma office colleagues. Now the problem is i do not have the charger. I don't know where it is. Where can i find a compatible adapter(charger) for my select edition laptop? The HP customer care says that since the laptop has not released in India, I cannot get the adapter here..:( Please help. Let me know if you need the laptop configuration in order to find which charger i should use to charge it. Thanks in advance.

  12. Ambrose on July 16, 2010 at 7:42 PM

    Hi,

    Is it enough to buy a universal adapter from India. Do we need any other electronic gadgets that needs to be used in US and costlier too , so that it can be bought from here .If so please can anyone advice me what are the things needs to be purchased.

  13. Amjath Sharief on June 14, 2010 at 3:44 AM

    Better carry an multisocket extention box too. Will be very handy for charging the mobile phone as well as charging the laptop at the same time. Also buy one universal adapter.

  14. Yogesh on June 13, 2010 at 10:58 PM

    Dear HSB,
    I am an ardent aspirant of US education and I want to pursue PhD in Pharmaceutics from there. I have taken GRE exam twice and scored 1100 and 1220. I tried for admission but I could't make it this Fall. Now I want give another try for GRE. I just want to know that if I took GRE thrice in that case will the Avg.GRE score be considered or latest GRE score ? Because if Avg. score is considered then there is no pt. in taking GRE third time since I require GRE above 1300 to get in there. Could you please guide me and suggest me the proper way ?
    Thank you and pls reply me..
    PS:I have tried posting a message in “contact”,but it failed.so am posting a comment here!!

  15. Rahul on June 11, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    You can buy a laptop in US as it is much cheaper. You can get laptops starting from $300. So you can get a cheap one or a good one for more dollars. This is most preferred way than bringing in laptop from India. Again most of the laptops have power adapters with 100v-240v configuration. So you need to buy one converter for plugs. You can buy this in India or from Meritline or dealextreme for cheap but it may take 3-4 weeks for them to ship from hongkong/singapore.
    Instead of laptop you can bring some spices, etc which r more cheaper in India than in US for that weight. Also you don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving day for a laptop. Nowadays you get good configurations at any point of time. You can check out fatwallet/deals2buy/dealsofamerica/slickdeals for getting a good deal laptop. During thanksgiving day you need to stand for 5-10 hours in chilly conditions in the early morning to get a laptop for cheap. In 2-3 months you get the same config for a deal.

    • Praveen on June 12, 2010 at 6:38 AM

      Hi rahul
      thanks for this excellent piece of info

      • Sirisha on June 30, 2011 at 9:11 AM

        Thanks for this info..

  16. Muhammad bin tahir on June 11, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Salam…
    That’s really true indeed mostly the adapters work in input ranging from 100V-240V the things that differ would be at what frequency that voltage in being delivered to your adapters from grid stations. This varies in different countries just keep check in that because in many cases electronic devices are constructed for having the voltage input with specific frequencies.
    thanks regards

  17. Antony on June 11, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Check for adapater for voltage specifications. If it says 110v – 240v you should be okay. If not you would need to get a new adapter.

    As far as the pin is considered, they use flat pins in US. So you would need to get a convertor (a regular one without voltage convertor would do if the adapter supports 110v)

    If you haven't bought a laptop yet, you should be able to get a better configuration here for the money you plan to spend.

    Thanksgiving deals are hard to get becasue there would be only few pieces with any kind of real discounts. Unless you are willing to stand in line all night and settle for any random specs, i think it is better to just spend maybe additional $50 and get a laptop with the current deals.

    For current deals just google laptop deals in US and you should be able to get thousands of coupons which will bring down the price substanially.

    • Praveen on June 12, 2010 at 6:39 AM

      Hi Antony..tks for the info

  18. SJ on June 11, 2010 at 6:55 AM

    I believe the same adapter works! All you have to buy is the converter! The plug end is flat in US.

    I have shipped the Laptops to India and they work just fine. The only additional was the converter.

    Hope this helps!

    SJ

    • HSB on June 11, 2010 at 12:30 PM

      @SJ – Converter refers to Voltage. You need adapter that can be used in electrical outlet in US. Maybe I have to post a picture to make it easier to understand.

      Buy an adapter like this – http://www.vavolo.com/C/ADR-TRA-US-2P_0.JPG where you can plugin your existing power cord.

  19. arun on June 11, 2010 at 6:39 AM

    Hi,

    I brought my laptop to US from india. Bring compatible power cord, it should be available in electronic spare parts shop, it ll cost you 50rs. You can also buy this in US, for me it costed 30$, so think of it. better buy it in india.

  20. u on June 11, 2010 at 5:59 AM

    hey

    i recently moved to the US and i have been using my HP laptop (indian model) for a while. as far as i looked it up laptops require very little volt. supply the same as your cell would require for charging therefore you can just bring a normal convertor pin from india (about 20-40 rs in places like chennai and banglore) and use it.

    one more reason why just a convertor pin is required is ALL LAPTOPS have a power adaptor . if you notice your charger wire has a box thing in the middle. that is your charger adaptor

  21. Praveen on June 11, 2010 at 5:57 AM

    Is it okay not to carry our laptops from India and rather buy there in the US? The latter is better right? Also I heard there are some good deals available during the thanksgiving sales. But in the intermediate time span between our fall move-in and the thanksgiving period, how do we manage without a laptop. So that again kicks off a perennial dilemma whether to take the laptop or not with us.

    Any suggestions to circumvent the problem? Do we need to wait till the thanksgiving time for a deal? Are there better deals available during normal periods?

    • Sharad on June 11, 2010 at 2:59 PM

      Yes there are great deals available all around the year. No need to wait till thanksgiving.

      Where are u going.. and when. Let me know how much u want to spend and what config. May b I can help. Will let u know through this post.

      Thanks

      • Praveen on June 12, 2010 at 10:35 AM

        @Sharad
        Thanks for the reply. I am leaving for UTD on Aug 3rd. I want a laptop of configuration min 2GB RAM and internal hard disk space of minimum 200GB or above. Is Dell ok? Or any other beter options? What will be the typical cost/price range for this kind of configuration? My choice will depend on the accessories that we are offered along with the buy.

        My “arbitary” budget would be $850 to $1050 though I do not know the price range. Correct me on it if necessary.

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