Nokia Chargers

The most unexpected thing I learned in San Francisco this past week?

Not all Nokia phone chargers are 110V-240V. I picked one up as I left the house last week and never even thought to check since all the chargers I have ever used have just worked with the toy electricity they have in the US. This time when my phone was down to 1 bar I plugged it in and it said "Not Charging" or some such message. Studying the back of the charger it was 220V-240V only. I suspect one of the chargers that came with one of my daughter's phones (and no Dave I have not forgotten your comment).

So the moral is to check the voltage range of the charger. I wonder if they do the same in the US with cheap phones and chargers. It would be much more exciting to plug a 110V charger in over here.

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Posted by 不怕不怕 on October 06, 2006 at 10:02 AM BST #

One frantic scramble around the floor to check the charger I got with my N80. I'm off to the U.S. next week and as I have to charge that thing at least twice a day, I'm reassured to see it's 100-240v. I'll probably forget ot take it thought, which means it's irrelevant...

Posted by Tim Caynes on October 06, 2006 at 11:20 AM BST #

Very simple: if your charger is heavy, it has transformer inside. It won't work with non-native voltage. If it's light, it is has an impulse scheme inside. Will work with 110V. But better to double-check :-)

Posted by Pavel Anni on October 06, 2006 at 02:59 PM BST #

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