Can I use a desktop power cord on another computer?

Kamil K November 25, 2013
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Hi, how are you? A friend gave me a HP desktop without a power cord. He says that I can use my eMachines desktop power cord. Is he wrong or right? If he is right, is there anything I need to pay attention to before I turn on the HP desktop? Thanks :)

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  1. Hovsep A
    November 25, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Power Cord 12ft. for HP Desktop Computer
    http://www.amazon.com/Power-Cord-12ft-Desktop-Computer/dp/B00597TQ4A

    AC Power Cord Cable 10FT for eMachines Desktop Computer with Life Time Warranty
    http://www.amazon.com/Power-eMachines-Desktop-Computer-Warranty/dp/B004RIMKZO

  2. Oron J
    November 25, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Basically, if it's just a cable (no power adapter) and it physically fits your computer, it'll be just fine. Desktop computers (and many monitors) all use the same connector (IEC). Of course, different plugs are used in different countries, but electrically they are all the same.
    Most laptop power supplies use a figure 8 or a a "Mickey Mouse" connector at the power-supply end. Again, these are standard cables.

  3. DalSan M
    November 25, 2013 at 6:34 am

    As Bruce stated, the power cords are universal. Even some monitors (generally older CRT models with detachable cords) and some printers use the same type of cords.

  4. Bruce E
    November 25, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Power cords for desktop computers are the same. There are regional differences due to the configuration of the plugs around the world, but that is it. If you have one that works in your area of the world on one desktop, it can be freely moved to any other desktop.