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American HP camera exploded when used in europe

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  1. Guest


    I recently bought an HP R707 camera in the united states. I brought it
    with me to Europe over christmas. When I plugged it into the wall (the
    voltage is 220) and took a picture at the same time it seemed to be
    more than the camera could handle. An exploding sound came from within
    the camera (kind of like a fire cracker), and since then it has not
    been working in any way. I was aware of the voltage difference (in the
    US it is only 110), but the power supply that came with the camera said
    "input: 110-240V, so I reasoned there should be no danger...

    Have anyone experienced something similar? What precautions can you
    take in the future? What about laptops, will they also explode?

    I Would be most grateful for any information.

  2. A Man

    A Man Guest

    You cannot use US electronics in Europe, and vice versa, without a voltage
    adapter. US=110v, Europe=220v in many places. You just fried your own camera
    and it's probably not covered under warrenty.

    Before using ANY electronics from the US in Europe, you must be absolutely
    sure what the voltage is in the place you are staying and use the correct
  3. Hello Anders,

    Except if specifically for North America, the specifications are different,
    Photosmart device is sold with an universal adapter which supports 100-240V
    So, probably, that should not be the issue.
  4. Phil Allison

    Phil Allison Guest

    ** That should not have happened.

    The power adaptor or the camera or both are now faulty.

    Ought to be covered by warranty.

    .......... Phil
  5. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    If the adapter really said, "input: 110-240V", then take it back to the
    store and get a warrenty replacement.

    If it didn't, and you plugged a 115V appliance into 240V, you're
    out of luck, you've destroyed it, and you will have to buy a new
    one or pay probably more than the cost of a new unit for repairs.

    Sorry! )-;
  6. Actually, there now are some low voltage DC power supply circuits that
    do well from both 110-120 and 220-240 volts AC.

    It appears to me that the original poster had either a defective power
    supply or a defectively documented one.

    - Don Klipstein ()
  7. Pooh Bear

    Pooh Bear Guest

    Complete rubbish.

    Many products come with 'universal' AC adapters now that will operate off any
    line voltage worldwide.

  8. Pooh Bear

    Pooh Bear Guest

    You reasoned correctly. I assume there was no 'voltage switch' ?

    You clearly had a defective power supply. Get it ( and the camera )
    replaced under warranty.

  9. Bob Masta

    Bob Masta Guest

    Some supplies with dual voltage input require
    you to manually switch between the 120 and 240
    settings. The switch is usually inconspicuous and
    deliberately not easy to change, typically a screwdriver
    slot. Can it be that you had one of those, and didn't
    change the setting?

    Bob Masta

    D A Q A R T A
    Data AcQuisition And Real-Time Analysis
    Home of DaqGen, the FREEWARE signal generator
  10. Jasen Betts

    Jasen Betts Guest

    Those units typically list two input ranges 110-120, 220-240 etc
    rather than a single voltage range. the switch is usually close
    to the voltage label.
  11. Pipo

    Pipo Guest


    Probably a defective adaptor. Probably only tested for 110, not for
    230 Volts.

  12. Pipo

    Pipo Guest


    I have a HP too. I noticed another strange thing: each time our camera
    passes customs, the battery suddenly is empty. Even if it was
    completely charged. Maybe some electronics inside gets triggered, or
    some data gets lost?

    Remove the battery, wait 30 seconds, install it again, and recharge
    it. That works for us.

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