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    UK to worldwide plug adaptor for Macbook Air
    Can anyone recommend an adapter for Australia and NZ for plugging in my Macbook Air? I just bought a Wenger Worldwide Adaptor Plug Kit http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Wenger-worldwide-adaptor-plug-kit-with-pouch-/331084791159? but when I opened the packaging I found there was no third earth pin. Is this important? I've come across this http://www.gapyeartravelstore.com/australia-plug-adapter.html which DOES have the third pin but not sure if the voltage and amps are compatible ie how safe it is. Electrical expert advice welcome! PS - would also like to use the adaptor for recharging my compact camera and my mobile phone (alas not an iphone but an HTC Wildfire)

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    Australia & NZ are 220V, same as UK - so there is no need for any form of Transformer - just a straight adapter will do.

    However, it must have an earth pin. Earth pins are no so necessary for things like lamps; when the current surges, the bulb blows.

    When the current surges on your computer, the computer gets knackered - so earth pin is mandatory.

    I bought one in a convenience store for peanuts whilst I was there, and it came with an earth pin. Most should.

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    Thankyou dpkone. What was confusing me was the fact the (rather expensive) Apple Store world travel adapter kit shows the Aussie/NZ plug adapter with only two pins - ie without the earth. Apple World Travel Adapter Kit - Apple Store (UK) Or maybe the kit's just intended for iphones and ipads? I think I'd rather err on the side of safety and get one with the third pin just as you advise!

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    Australia & NZ are 220V, same as UK - so there is no need for any form of Transformer - just a straight adapter will do.
    Apple devices are designed to operate on various line voltages and phase settings so there is never a need for a transformer. The only thing you need you're already familiar with and that is plug adapters. And yes, buy the set which has the third pin for grounding safety.

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    Will do Chscag - good to have unanimous advice! I do think Apple Store should be clearer on this, but as usual Mac Forum members come to the rescue. Thankyou both!

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