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What does AC Input and DC Output mean on a laptop adapter?
AC INPUT: Range of Alternating Current (AC) consisting of Volts and Amp.
DC OUTPUT:Direct Current (DC) consisting of Volts and Amp.
Have you ever wondered if you could take your laptop to different countries; countries that use different plugs and different voltage? The answer to that question can actually be found on your laptop adapter label.
Located on every laptop adapter is the INPUT and OUTPUT information. This is absolutely important to find and know! In the United States we use 110V. However, most other countries use 220V. So what to do? How can you be sure that your laptop or its adapter will not get fried as you go about your travels or anywhere else?
- I have a 60W AC adapter and want to use a 90W adapter? YES
- I have a 60W AC adapter and want to use a 150W adapter? NO (not recommended)
Using the wrong type of adapter, or plugging into an electrical outlet not suited for your laptop can have damaging consequences. In the worst cases, it can damage your laptop motherboard, overheat your AC adapter, and even permanently damage your laptop battery. Know your equipment, know what you're plugging into, or Contact Us if you ever have doubts or questions.