Dell Power Adapters

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nicknefarious

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Hi all,

Any help is greatly appreciated.

I am in China and recently had my Dell Power Adapter stolen for my XPS M1530 laptop. I contacted Dell here in China and they took four days to advise me they were having "some problems" processing my credit card and that it would take one to two weeks from when it was actually processed to deliver the adapter. I chose to reject their offer.

The market here in Dongguan, Guangdong has Dell resellers and some of them offered to supply adapters for me on the spot but the prices varied so widely I was very suspicious. I am going to Hong Kong in a couple of days and will try my luck there.

What I want to know is how to find out exactly which adapters are suitable for my laptop. My Dell order has a part number but it seems to bear absolutely no correlation to any part numbers displayed on the adapters. Is there any way of telling if they are fake? Am I able to use different adapters with my Dell PC (like adapters for different Dell laptops?) - I know companies like Dell tell you specifically not to do this but I am thinking this is merely to trap you into buying their products again. I actually had one of the guys in the market put his 85 Chinese RMB ($10 USD) adapter on the multimeter and the voltage output was spot on. What is important? Voltage, current, frequency, power?

In short any advice about power adapters and the problems and risks involved with not buying directly from Dell would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,

Nick
 

DoubleHelix

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I would be incredibly cautious buying a power adapter in a market in Asia. The risk of counterfeit and, frankly, dangerous components is very high. I'd suggest giving Dell a call back and working out the problems with your credit card.
 
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