in the North America, parts of Central and South America, the Caribbean
and parts or Pacific operate on 110 Volt / 60 Hz, while the rest of the
world operates on 220 Volt / 50 Hz. In general, 110V includes voltage
range of 100-125V and 220V includes 220-250V. Many countries operate on
both 110V and 220V.
As mentioned above,
not only the voltage differ within countries but so does frequency
(cycles per second). Countries use either 60 Hz (USA) or 50 Hz (UK). Most electrical products are not affected by the cycle change
because they internally convert AC voltage to DC voltage. And many
devices support both cycles. The difference in frequency may cause a
motorized 60 Hz device to operate slower on 50 Hz. You'll need to
double check the frequency for for analog products such as clocks as
this can cause it to keep incorrect time. Other products such espresso
makers and turntables may not operate properly with a voltage converter
if they only operate on single frequency. When in doubt, consult with
the manufacturer of the product. Also, transformers are not recommended for use
with heat producing appliances such as heaters, steamers and coffee
The third difference
is the plug adapters. Not all countries have the standard US flat prong
electrical outlet. In fact, most countries have a different plug
adapter from the US plug. Many countries have multiple type of outlets.
In this case, carry all types of plug adapters for the traveling
to the World plug adapter guide to find the correct plug adapters.
and transformers do not convert cycles. They can only be used to
convert the voltage. Step down voltage converter/transformer will
convert voltage from 220V to 110V thus, allowing you to use your US
(110V) products abroad in 220V countries. On the other hand, Step up
voltage converter/transformer will convert voltage from 110V to 220V
thus, allowing you to use 220V products in the US (110V). Most voltage
transformers are both step up and down, you can switch them to operate
as step down or step up.
the correct converter or transformer
your appliance actually requires a transformer/converter for use in
abroad. Look for the voltage rating on your appliance, if the rating
states something similar to 100V~240V that means your product is dual
voltage, in this case you can use your product in a 220V without a
transformer/converter. Most laptops and camcorder battery chargers are
dual voltage. However, you may need a plug adapter to plug it in to the
outlets abroad. Now, if the voltage rating states 110V or 120V it means
that your product is only single volt and it will require a step down
converter/transformer for use in 220V countries abroad.
|Now that you
know that you require a voltage converter/transformer, you need to
determine which one or what kind. Look for the watt rating on the
appliance or calculate the wattage by multiplying voltage x amps.
For example, 110V x 1.5A = 165W. Select the converter/transformer
according to the wattage rating of
your appliance. We recommend using a converter/transformer that is
rated at least a 25% higher than your products wattage rating. Using
converter/transformer to their maximum capacity will eventually burn
out the converter/transformer after prolonged use. Some items, such as,
laser printers and power tools spike when you turn them on. For these
types of situations you need to buy a transformer that is at least
double the products rating.
selecting the correct converter/transformer, make sure that you have
the proper plug adater on the converter/transformer to plug it in to
the outlet abroad. All of our dual step up/down voltage transformers
include both US plug adapter and European plug adapter. Consult the
world plug adapter chart to determine which plug adapter you need.
|Still need assistance selecting the
correct converter/transformer, feel free to call us at 847-983-4761 or e-mail us. Or visit this helpful tips and hints guide for travel power voltage converter, voltage transformer, plug adapter and regulator.
Converter and Voltage Transformer
are smaller travel size converters available in both Step Up and Step
Down. These converters can be used for electric items with heating
devices or motors such as hair dryer, curlers, irons, shaver, radio,
electric calculators etc... Converters are used for shorter period of
time. Voltage transformers are bigger and heavier in size. They also
come in Step Up, Step Down or both Step Up/Down. Although transformers
are designed for longer or continuous use, its always better to unplug
a transformer when not in use for longer life. Always make sure to
check the wattage of you appliances before using voltage
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Can I plug in multiple
products to a single transformer?
you may plug in multiple products to a transformer using a power strip
if and only if the combined wattage rating of all products is less than
the capacity of the transformer. Do not plug in multiple products to a
small travel converter.
the difference between plug adapter and voltage converter/transformer?
Plug adapter do
not convert voltage or electrcity. If your appliance is dual voltage,
you can plug it in foregin outlets simply by using a proper plug
adapter. Converter/transfomers convert voltage. They allow you to use
your single voltage appliances in foreign or vice versa.
use American 220 volt product such as a Dryer with a transformer or
connect a transformer to American 220V outlet?
No, American 220V
electricity consists of 2-phase 110V while, European electricity is
single phase 220V. Transformer/converters are not designed for 2-phase
are Voltage regulators?
Voltage regulators also
convert the voltage similar to voltage converter/transformer and they
regulate the voltage by stabilizing it. These are useful in countries
where the current is not stable. Link to Voltage
Use voltage converters and transformers at your own risk and keep
them away from children.
questions? Need more clarification? Or provide feedback.