This article was originally posted by Arne Hess, Nov 10, 2000 on Microsoft's PocketPC.com site:
In my job, I travel around the world a lot. There are three things I carry with me at all times: my passport for sure, my mobile phone to stay in contact with my family and my office, and my personal companion - my Pocket PC. That is where I store my dates, my contacts, and some private things like photos, music files, and eBooks. If you are planning to go abroad with your Pocket PC, there are some things you need to know before you leave home.
Itâ€™s a Standardized World - Isnâ€™t it?
Not completely. What might be the standard in one country, might not be the standard in another. Take connectors, for example. Even if your Pocket PC has enough power for a whole day, it will still need recharging from time to time. But have you ever tried connecting your Pocket PC to another source of power while abroad? Or have you tried connecting your Pocket PC to the phone line in your hotel room? Are you sure you can plug in the cable you are carrying? Well, you probably wonâ€™t be able to because every county or part of the world uses its own systems and connectors.
Power plugs used around the world. From left to right: North America, Great Britain, and Continental Europe.
Phone connectors used around the world. From left to right: Japan, Germany, and Great Britain.
What Do You Need to Know?
Letâ€™s begin with voltage. Two different voltages are used around the world - 110 volts and 220 volts. The AC power adapter that comes with your Pocket PC works within a range of 100 volts to 240 volts. This should enable you to use your power adapter all over the world. To be sure, take a look at the back of the power adapter. The label should state something like, â€œInput: 100â€“240V~.â€ That means you can use your adapter in countries with a 110-volt standard, like the United States, as well as in countries with a 220-volt standard, like those in Europe.
So, you only need to worry about the power plugs connecting your AC adapter to the power line. The best way to find out which power plug is used in the country you are visiting is to take a look at TeleAdapt USA. TeleAdapt USA has nearly all the plugs youâ€™ll need. They provide you with images of the plugs, and a listing of the countries in which they are used. You can see if the plugs you have will fit. If they wonâ€™t, you can order the ones youâ€™ll need.
Do you know how to connect your modem to a phone line in another country? As many different kinds of power plugs are used around the world, many different kinds of telephone jacks are also used. Chances are that youâ€™ll need a telephone adapter when you travel abroad. TeleAdapt USA offers solutions for connecting your modem to the phone line as well. See the different adapters used worldwide in TeleAdapt USAâ€™s modem adapter product catalog. Remember, if youâ€™ll be connecting your Pocket PC to the Internet while abroad, save money by using a local dial-up number for your Internet service provider. And donâ€™t forget to take along a telephone cord to connect the modem (using the adapter) to the telephone line.
Traveling the world with electronic devices can be a little bit annoying. However, solutions are available for connecting your electronic devices to alternative power sources for recharging, or for connecting your modem to the telephone line. A perfect source for all your needs is TeleAdapt USA because they provide the right accessories for your next trip abroad. With the right adapters in your luggage, you can use your Pocket PC at night for private stuff like reading eBooks or listening to music or for surfing the Web and catching up on e-mail.
If TeleAdapt USA doesnâ€™t have the right adaptor now, a good place to find adapters is the destination airport you are going to. So take a look through the electronic shops there, if you donâ€™t have the right adapter with you. Also, most hotels provide you help to connect your device.
Cheers ~ Arne