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Help! Converting 110 to 220
« on: June 04, 2014, 05:35:49 AM »
Was wondering if anyone who understand the conversions better could help me figure out what I need to buy before coming over to the UK. I'm leaving most electronics home except for my phone/computer etc, but I do want to bring two items of which are 110v.

newcomer link: http://www.riogrande.com/Product/Foredom-SR-Motor-with-H30-Handpiece-Flex-Shaft-System/117534 [nonactive]  

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newcomer link: https://secure.vitamix.com/Certified-Reconditioned-Next-Generation.aspx [nonactive]

If this item the right kind of converter? I know it converts 110 to 220 and back but do I need to be concerned about amps/htz or anything?  

newcomer link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004MPR3Y0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER [nonactive]


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Re: Help! Converting 110 to 220
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2014, 07:33:41 AM »
You need a step down transformer to use US electronic equipment in the UK. Make sure the total capacity of the transformer is sufficient for the wattage of the appliance, plus 10% to be safe. There's many around, and you can actually buy them in the US as well, but a good one will be heavy.

I have a simple cheapie bought from Amazon for about £13 that handles up to 100 watts; we also have a big yellow monster  - like this:

http://www.airlinktransformers.com/tool_site_transformers/110v_portable_tool_transformers/RX033/

Cheap, heavy, ugly, and mainly used on building sites, but will handle about anything you throw at it. Your computer and monitor are likely dual voltage. Computers have had a switch on the power supply since practically forever.

The transformer you referenced may be ok - it's rated for 750 watts. Check the wattage  of the vitamix; the wattage on the other (volts x amps) is low, but bear in mind that it mayoperate differently on 50 cycle (US is 60 cycles).

I personally have a lot of stuff that I use with a transformer; DH has a lifetime's accumulation of tools that he uses  with a transformer.
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