I'm going to Nepal next week and plan to take my laptop. I have never taken a laptop away with me before and have a vague idea that I need to get something to protect it from power surges / cuts that is different to a normal adapter. Can anyone tell me what it is that I need to get? And also where I can get one from?
Different laptops (in fact all electrical products) have different levels of surge resistance. You would firstly need to get in touch with the manufacturer or country's distributor/advice agent to get more info.
There are also different surge protectors that produce different resistance.
Some laptops have a surge protector built into them nowadays.
A question that cant be answered fully and correctly by anyone, other than your manufacturer or distributor.
You could also go to the shop/on-line store etc. where you bought it from and they may be able to get some technical spec. on the model you've got - and tell you either whether you need one, which one, or if it's not needed. If they can't help you, then they should be able to give you a contact address/phone number of someone who can.
The power pack for your laptop will have some form of surge protection already built in, that's what the box in the middle of it is. However, we have a plug adapter which has added surge protection in it for when we plug it into the wall, there are various types of these adapters which you can buy. Take a look at Argos for the travel adapters which have this added power surge protection. We have seen a few people with complicated special power packs which plug into the wall, but not sure you really need this; we just thought it was best to have that added protection in the adapter we use to plug into the wall.
We have been away for 4 years and 3 of those we have had a laptop with us in some pretty dodgy power areas all over SE Asia, India and China and have never had a problem just using an adapter plug with surge protection