I live in the UK and have purchased an american FPGA (circuit board) that comes with a US plug. I have found a US-to-UK power adapter; one of the comments about it says

"...only use it with US items that are switch mode (things like laptop computers and phone chargers). You must not just plug in a US item that needs 110V - 120V for that you would need a Voltage Transformer as this adapter will not convert Voltage."

Now, on the plug for my FPGA is written

LTE Switching AC/DC power adapter

I/P: AC 100-240V 50/60H

O/P: DC 7.5V 0.2A

Will the adapter I linked to work safely with this FPGA plug?

PS I'm sorry if I have asked this in the wrong area, but I felt this area would be frequented by people who are most likely to be able to help.

PPS I know the plug says "switching" but I'm not sure if this is the same as "switch mode", and would rather hear the facts from someone on here.

PPS I have done lots of google research prior to asking this but cannot find anything that suggests "switch mode" means "switching", so please be gentle :)


How bizarre...

Anyway, since the adapter is just a mechanical outlet converter and your FPGA takes...

I/P: AC 100-240V 50/60H

Which includes your line supply in the UK of 230(240)/50Hz then you are good to go.

PS: And yes switch-mode and switching power supply is generally interchangeable.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks Trevor. Can I ask, what is bizarre? \$\endgroup\$ – Wad Jan 13 '18 at 16:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ Also, the quote I posted states "this adapter will not convert Voltage" but you say "adapter is just a mechanical outlet converter" - you are sure that that adapter I linked to will work fine with the FPGA? \$\endgroup\$ – Wad Jan 13 '18 at 16:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Wad The wording of that warning, typical though. \$\endgroup\$ – Trevor_G Jan 13 '18 at 16:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Wad the adapter just changes the mechanical pins for a UK plug into the mechanical socket needed for a US plug. There is no transformer or electronics inside. \$\endgroup\$ – Trevor_G Jan 13 '18 at 16:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks. I'll purchase that adapter having put total faith in your answer Trevor! Thanks! \$\endgroup\$ – Wad Jan 13 '18 at 16:55

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