Re: [76attendees] Obtaining laptop power cords in Hiroshima

Ole Jacobsen <> Wed, 21 October 2009 23:00 UTC

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On Thu, 22 Oct 2009, Thomson, Martin wrote:

> I found that a pair of pliers can also be quite effective, but that 
> was on a power adapter, not the original equipment.

Snapping off the third prong (ground) would work just find on most
US-originated power cords. The thing you have to "worry" about is
the width of the remaining two blades: they should be the SAME size,

Most Japanese outlets look similar to the one you see in that picture,
that is, the plug is not keyed by having one wider blade.

I just checked my Apple MacBook power cord, and the blades are the 
same size so chances are your adapter uses a similar arrangement.

Bring the Dremel tool to file down one blade just in case.

OK, I am kidding on that last point ;-)