How do I get to waffles from here?
January 12, 2012 7:50 AM Subscribe
After months of rambling on the wonders of waffles to my UK housemates, I was gifted the best present ever...a waffle maker
! I am desperate to make this thing work. Need electrical advice.
posted by iamkimiam to home & garden (34 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This is a Waring Pro WWM450PC waffle maker (120VAC/60Hz/1200Watts). It was purchased from the US Amazon.com store and I am in the UK. I cannot for the life of me find the proper step-down transformer to make it work. The first one blew up (the waffle maker) and so I paid to return it to the US (heavy, not cheap, no fun, a waffle-less existence).
I've tried the replacement WWM450PC with a Mercury Step-down voltage converter (230Vac to 110Vac)...it's not the one I ordered, but that's another story. It gets the waffle maker lukewarm.
So I ordered a Tacima Autotransformer (Model No. SC 5474), max load is 50VA. Input: 220/240V A.C. 50/60Hz. Output: 110/120V A.C. 50/60Hz. The waffle maker light turns on, then off (like it's supposed to). Then, after 1 minute or so, the thing just continually beeps. I can't Google why. I've tried this in a kitchen outlet and a wall outlet.
What is going on here? Pretend I know nothing about electrical power. Returning the waffle maker is not an option. They don't sell a UK version of it, either. What do I do to salvage this sad waffle situation?