July 27, 2011 4:07 AM Subscribe
Need a step-down converter for plugging a printer sold in the US (110V power) into a 3rd-world socket (240V power). I get the voltage part but watts and amps and such are a bit beyond my electronoobicity.
posted by allkindsoftime to technology (18 answers total)
I bought a Brother MFC-8690DW
printer/copier/scanner/fax in the US and recently brought it to my country of residence / employ for use here (Kenya). Problem is, its a standard US power-cord and the box specifically points out that it is designed for use in markets with 110-120V power. I know I need a step-down converter (transformer?) for taking the 240V from the wall down to a 120V for the printer, but I don't know what kind of wattage level I need. Local shops sell them in ascending sizes starting at 500W and moving up to 1000 and 1500.
Other possibly relevant info: back of machine states "110V - 120V ~ 50 / 60 Hz"; power cord for the machine has a small sticker reading "max 10A - 125V"
Is getting the highest wattage the "safest" bet? Or do I need a more accurate measure? Is there anything else I need to know here to not fry my new printer? TIA.