Electronics geeks urgently needed in Aisle 4
October 18, 2008 6:27 PM Subscribe
I am packing my entire house and moving to the UK, and I'm hoping to bring my TV, stereo, and a few smaller appliances with me. Please help me figure out my US to UK transformer and voltage requirements!
posted by Kevin A to home & garden (24 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Hello, I am about to move to London from the US. My company is paying for the move, and rather than sell my existing TV, stereo, etc., I am hoping to run my US appliances off of a power strip plugged into a US-UK voltage transformer that is designed for continuous use (ie, not one of those small hotel/travel voltage transformers but something substantial enough to power applicances that are plugged into a power strip, and designed for continuous use.
This is the setup I'm envisioning:
|UK power source|<>|UK to US voltage transformer|<> |US power strip|<> |several US voltage appliances|
I don't know much about voltage, watts and amperage. My questions are:
1. Is this possible, or am I dreaming here?
2. Is it safe?
3. Can anyone recommend a moderately priced transformer capable of doing this? I'd probably buy 2-3 of them to have around my new flat, as long as they're not too or awkward. Ideally, they'd be able to work the other way around for when I move back.
4. What are the drawbacks to this setup? Would I be better off just selling everything and starting over with UK appliances? I expect to be there for at least a few years.
As a last resort, I'll just sell my stuff once I'm there to someone doing a UK to US move. But I'd like to hang onto my US TV, etc if I can do it without too much hassle.
Thanks in advance for any advice, and please forgive my ignorance about electronics!>>>