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

Ole Jacobsen <ole@cisco.com> 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,
see: http://www.yikes.com/~ole/store/plug-socket.jpg

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 ;-)

Ole