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Bringing our US electrical devices to the UK / also NTSC-PAL question

It's generally advised to leave as much behind as possible when moving abroad, but my wife's employer is paying to have a decent amount of our household stuff transported from the US to the UK. And why would we want to waste money buying duplicate items if it isn't necessary and we probably won't be staying more than a couple years? So I'm trying to figure out which of our electronics and appliances might be made to work overseas. I am aware of the voltage difference and the line/mains frequency difference between the US and the UK and I'm considering buying one or two good-quality step-down voltage converters for things that aren't universal voltage compatible. But I have some questions that my Google research has not cleared up. [more inside]
posted by theory on Feb 18, 2014 - 20 answers

Will my appliances work in Europe?

I'm moving to Germany in a couple of months and have a few questions about using various 110V US-purchased appliances on the local 220V power. Specifically the 50Hz/60Hz issue - how big of a deal is it? My understanding is that anything with a motor may have a shorter lifespan and run somewhat less efficiently (and of course anything that uses AC for timing will run slow), but any other issues? [more inside]
posted by photo guy on May 13, 2013 - 10 answers

Whence came this short, sharp shock?

I got a mild shock while putting together a seed starting light set-up in the unfinished basement of my rental apartment. The light was unplugged when I received the shock. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Knicke on Mar 26, 2011 - 6 answers

Microwave vs motion detector

Why would my mum's (inside) microwave set off her (outside) motion detector? [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM on Jan 27, 2009 - 9 answers

Is voltage/frequency all I need to know to bring my appliances from Brazil to the US?

Is voltage/frequency all I need to know to use my brazilian appliances in the US? [more inside]
posted by AnyGuelmann on Jun 27, 2007 - 9 answers

Using an extension cord, safe?

Safe to use an extension cord for a small refrigerator? [more inside]
posted by KneeDeep on Mar 12, 2006 - 15 answers

garbage disposals and GFCI

My garbage disposal trips the nearby GFCI circuit every time I use it. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie on Feb 25, 2006 - 10 answers

running a 240V device on 110V

Will a 240 VAC panini grill work on 110 VAC? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker on Oct 30, 2005 - 15 answers

light bulb blowout

How do I fix a light fixture which causes a bulb to blow out, but only after a month or so? [more inside]
posted by mono blanco on Aug 25, 2005 - 6 answers

International Voltage Adapters

International Voltage adapters... [more inside]
posted by lkc on Jul 6, 2004 - 5 answers

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