how practical is it to take a laptop with you while you are out cruising around the world. Is it easy to find a converter plug for different countries and safe for the pc? If anyone has any information on where to locate small portable solar panels for recharging pc batteries out in the field it would be appreciated.
I am not sure what you mean by cruising around the world. I take it you meant traveling by cruiseship around the world. I'm pretty sure all cruise ships should have outlets in the room for you to use your shaver, hairdryer, ect... Check with the cruiseline you intend to go to see if they have 220 or 110V outlets for your labtop. You can buy converter for your electrical items. I have a step-up converter to use my 110v items in countries where 220V is the norm. My is no larger than a computer mouse. To use a solar panels for recharging battery, I don't see the logic of it. Do you intend to stay in one place to watch your battery charged, or put in your backpack with the panels exposed to the sun? Before you invest in these panels, check with your cruiseliner. In the US, stores such as Target or Wal-Mart sell kits with different plug heads to be used overseas. If you travel alot, you can buy items like hairdryer with switch for both 110 and 220V. Good luck!
Most PCs these days are dual voltage I do believe, so you should have no problem with anything from 100 to 240V - no step up converter needed. All you would need then is the plug adaptors, which as iloveflying suggests can be found all over the place. Any self-respecting electrical store should have some for you. Check your computer specs though to be sure about the voltage!
There is at least one site that I know of that provides useful information regarding travelling with a PC; http://www.roadnews.com/. Everything regarding voltages, wifi etc. etc. You might want to check it out...
thanks for all the info, i should have made myself more clear. I am not
cruising on a cruise ship but on vacation for a month or two and may be in some remote areas hence the need for solar panel. And of course I will be in a different country and recently experienced the power difference from where I live in the U.S. and would not want to harm the pc. Will try the website roadnews and thanks again.
Also try www.kropla.com and www.voltagevalet.com Both those sites list different types of converters and what the voltage is and which plugs are needed in countries around the world. If you don't want to wreck your PC, you should probably get one. From what I hear, even though you may be able to get away with switching the voltage on your PC, it still works differently than a PC that was designed for that particular voltage. For example, my friend in Germany had a hairdryer that allowed her to switch the voltage, but when she did, the hairdryer was really really weak. I would pack one just to be sure.
I was having the same concerns about taking my computer with me on my travels, but I'm a journalist and don't think I can manage without it. So I'm going to lug it around for a year when I leave and hope for the best (and yes, it is a very cheap one!)
I took along a laptop to Costa Rica, I was keeping in touch, maintaining my company's website, and looking for work as a graphic designer.
After the first week, I found a Fed Ex and shipped the puppy back home. It was not worth the risk or damaging or having it stolen while I was backpacking. Perhaps if I had reservations and stayed in hotels the entire time, but I was camping, sleeping in hammocs, getting on busses, etc.. and it was more like having a small child to watch over every second. As far as staying in touch, there are usually internet cafe's anywhere now-a-days, and if I did find work, I'd use their computers.
Next time I wil plan ahead and not take it with me.. but thats just my advice.