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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

 

Does anyone make an all-in-one 120VAC-3.3VDC converter?

I'm looking for a discrete device that combines a 10:1 transformer, bridge rectifier, caps and linear voltage regulator. It's to convert 120VAC to 3.3VDC in a wireless dimmer switch. Does such an animal exist or am I just being lazy?
posted by ostranenie on Jan 7, 2014 - 11 answers

What are my options for using my Turkish lamp in the U.S.?

I bought a lamp from a 220V part of the world and brought it back to the U.S. I'd like some advice on the easiest way to use it here. [more inside]
posted by Paul the Octopus on Dec 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Running 36v Xmas lights on 24v transformer

We've lost the original transformer for our Christmas lights, will there be any problems with running on a differently rated transformer? Lights are LEDs and both lights and transformer are rated at 1 amp.
posted by Kiwi on Dec 8, 2013 - 7 answers

How can I use my new Korean 220v rice cooker in the US?

I just returned (to the US) from a trip to Korea, where I was given a really nice gift: a fancy Cuckoo Induction Heating Korean rice cooker just like this one. That page is in Korean, but the technical details are universal: 220V/60Hz, 3.7A, 824W. What jiggery-pokery will I need to do to make awesome rice here in the States? [more inside]
posted by dammitjim on Apr 17, 2013 - 9 answers

Can I convert these light fixtures from 220-240v to 110-120v?

Can I convert these light fixtures from 220-240v to 110-120v? [more inside]
posted by arcticseal on Jul 1, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me keep my computer and camera charged on vacation!

I'm traveling from the US to St. Maarten on Friday - having never been outside the US before, charging my computer and cameras, etc never occurred to me to be an issue, but I've learned that it will be. [more inside]
posted by blaneyphoto on Mar 14, 2012 - 11 answers

Who's this Ohm guy you keep mentioning?

I'm moving from the US to Hong Kong and don't want to fry my appliances. What do I need? [more inside]
posted by dust of the stars on Dec 13, 2011 - 5 answers

No haircut today, pups.

International voltage woes. Is my appliance retrievable? [more inside]
posted by superfish on Nov 30, 2011 - 5 answers

What happens if I screw in a 110 volt bulb to a 12 volt power source?

I'm setting up my "off the grid" solar lighting system in my home, and I'd like to connect the battery to some LED lights. It's a 12 volt DC battery - Do my lights have to be 12 volt also? If they're LED bulbs, they'll have a transformer inside; will that allow me to use them, or do I have to have a voltage converter or something? I've got some edison-style LED bulbs around the house for 85-265 volts. Thanks in advance for any help. pictures and web links that can explain things simply are helpful. (An earlier, relavent post: http://ask.metafilter.com/182209/How-to-run-some-lights-from-a-solar-panel)
posted by eggrollover on Jul 5, 2011 - 4 answers

What exactly are amperes anyway?

If I use a 19.5 volt 4.7 ampere adaptor with a device that calls for a 19.5 volt 3 ampere adaptor, will it cause any problems?
posted by matkline on Mar 14, 2011 - 8 answers

What's the charging voltage for an Mx Revolution Mouse?

I've lost the charging dock and AC adapter for the Logitech MX Revolution mouse. There's no way to charge this mouse without the dock. I think I can pretty easily build a new dock on my own, I'm just looking for owners of this mouse to answer a technical question to help with construction. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 15, 2010 - 9 answers

*ZAP*

I just bought a Gardner Bender GET-3213 Voltage Tester. It doesn't seem to work...what am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker on Oct 20, 2010 - 11 answers

Laptop battery I just received is higher voltage, is that OK?

The replacement laptop battery I just received is listed as 14.8v while the one I use is listed as 11.1v. Both are 5200mah. Can I use this new battery without harming my laptop? [more inside]
posted by Runcible Spoon on Apr 10, 2010 - 6 answers

Laptop Voltage in Ireland?

Need a tech-savvy traveler, or voltage geek: my boss is taking a new Lenovo laptop to Ireland next week. Does she need a voltage convertor or just a plug adapter? [more inside]
posted by Erroneous on Feb 11, 2010 - 18 answers

what voltage?

12v versus 240v set-up in a new off-grid (solar PV) residence. [more inside]
posted by wilful on May 27, 2009 - 11 answers

Will this TV kill me redux

How dangerous is it to take apart an old TV if it has been unplugged for many months? [more inside]
posted by yarrow on May 2, 2009 - 15 answers

Converting foreign voltage desktop computer?

Moving a desktop computer internationally - we're moving from Korea (220 V) to Canada (110V). Is it as simple as removing the power "section" of the desktop and replacing it with 110 V at a computer repair place in Canada? Are internal components individually responsive to a particular voltage?
posted by carolekorea on Apr 8, 2009 - 11 answers

What DC voltage does an average LCD monitor use?

What DC voltage does an average LCD monitor use? [more inside]
posted by leafxor on Mar 27, 2009 - 4 answers

Epson Artisan 800 All-in-One Printer bought in USA? How to use in U.K?

Just returned from fabulous 2 week holiday in New York. I Brought back Epson Artisan 800 All-in-One Printer from Staples costing $230. Unfortunately, I cannot use it in U.K., unless I plug voltage converter/transformer products. Has anyone else bought this set over there with more success? Any advice \ information appreciated. Please specify me What exact voltage converter product to buy & where to buy it from USA online store. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by omaralarifi on Jan 28, 2009 - 4 answers

Where in Los Angeles can I buy a travel adapter THAT WILL POWER MY LAPTOP in other countries?

Where in Los Angeles can I buy a travel adapter THAT WILL POWER MY LAPTOP in other countries? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Dec 19, 2008 - 14 answers

Is my new (aftermarket) power adapter safe for my laptop?

Can I damage my laptop by using a power adapter that has a slightly higher wattage than the original adapter? The original adapter was 65W, and the aftermarket one is 70W. The voltage is switchable. My original adapter had a voltage of 18.5V, this one says that if I need 18.5V, I should choose 18V. Any chance of damaging the computer by using this one? [more inside]
posted by leticia on Nov 13, 2008 - 8 answers

Electronics geeks urgently needed in Aisle 4

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! [more inside]
posted by Kevin A on Oct 18, 2008 - 24 answers

Who else makes high quality 220-240V voltage regulators?

Electrical engineering / voltage regulatorfilter: I'm searching for manufacturer or vendor sources on high quality, 220V to 240V automatic voltage regulators. This is for use with telecommunications/GSM/ISP equipment in the third world. Any other advice related to the subject will also be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Oct 10, 2008 - 1 answer

Can I charge a digital camera battery from America in a different country?

Can I charge a digital camera battery from America in a different country? [more inside]
posted by supercrayon on Sep 23, 2008 - 6 answers

Fried laptop?

Did I fry my laptop? (I was really stupid) [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc on Aug 28, 2008 - 4 answers

Is it safe to use a step-down transformer with a Hair Styler?

My girlfriend has a GHD hair straightener purchased in the USA, it's labelled "120Vac 35W", I want to use it in Ireland (where the standard voltage is 220Vac). Is it safe to use this with a step-down (220V -> 110V) transformer? [more inside]
posted by nfg on Aug 21, 2008 - 11 answers

Help me not blow up my gear

I need to work out which of my DC adapters powers my devices - I don't want to damage anything. [more inside]
posted by chairish on Jun 14, 2008 - 13 answers

A shocking experience...

How much current flowed through me when I was shocked? [more inside]
posted by FergieBelle on Mar 14, 2008 - 19 answers

Trying not to fry them

Plug adapter for Argentina and Uruguay? [more inside]
posted by Bezuhin on Mar 4, 2008 - 7 answers

Wanted: One AC adapter

I recently lost the power adapter for my olde tyme Creative Nomad Zen NX. I'd like to just drive down to RadioShack and get a replacement, but I'm not sure what I need. The Nomad wants 5V, but it looks like RadioShack's adapters skip from 4.5V to 6V. Will I kill my player if I use one of those options?
posted by punishinglemur on Nov 21, 2007 - 12 answers

Question about Voltage and AC Adapters

Am I ruining my laptop with this AC adapter? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Nov 16, 2007 - 11 answers

Can I use a 220v device in the UK?

Can I use a lightbox purchased online from the US, which includes an international voltage adaptor for 220v, in the UK? I think the UK mains voltage is 240v and have no idea whether I have to be bang on 240v or if 220v is good enough. [more inside]
posted by penguin pie on Nov 16, 2007 - 8 answers

Using a US powerstrip in Japan?

Can I use a plug adapter and an American power strip to power multiple electronics in Japan? [more inside]
posted by Espy Gillespie on Aug 10, 2007 - 17 answers

Help keep my computer from frying.

I need to add grounding to an outlet. How bad an idea is it to chain the ground to the ground of another outlet that is on a different circuit a few feet up from that one? [more inside]
posted by BrotherCaine on Jul 24, 2007 - 12 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

International voltage converters/transformers..

Advice on voltage transformers for using US kitchen appliances in Europe? [more inside]
posted by sdis on May 30, 2007 - 10 answers

Help me find a 110V to 230V voltage converter

I have a Electric shaver, Electric kettle and a Sandwich maker that uses 230V. They have round type pins in the plug. I would like to use them in USA. So I need to find a 110V to 230V voltage converter that also supports round pin plugs. I found this worldwide adapter plug in Amazon, and it seems like the idel thing I'm looking for except for the fact that it doesn't convert voltages. So if I can find something similar to this which converts from 110V to 230 v and vise versa it would be great. If it's not possible at least a one that converts from 110v to 230v. Please recommand me any converter that you are satsfied with and show me a place to buy. Thanks in advance.
posted by WizKid on Mar 3, 2007 - 11 answers

Is it safe to keep a step-down converter turned on at all times?

I just picked up a 1000W step-down converter (220V-110V) to power a receiver after a 750W exploded in a blaze of glory when I turned it on one morning. I'd very much like to avoid this kind of thing again. So my question is, is it relatively safe to keep step-down converters turned on at all times? If so, will it constantly be using 1000W of power even when the receiver is turned off? I've heard differing opinions but found no definitive answer on the interwebs. Related, is it true that you should always have something plugged into the converter when it is turned on?
posted by DefendBrooklyn on Feb 17, 2007 - 7 answers

Two Nokia phones from different countries on the same charger?

I have two Nokia mobile phones - one purchased in the US and one that I've purchased here in Indonesia, both with their own similar-looking chargers (though with obvious differences on the plugs). Can I charge the Indonesian phone in the US on the US charger? [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Feb 12, 2007 - 8 answers

Flip Flip Flip Damn I wanted to see that!

Broken TVfilter? We have a Phillips TV which keeps turning itself off. A vicegrip and more are inside. [more inside]
posted by jeribus on Dec 26, 2006 - 8 answers

Safely power 5V 2.0A device with 5V 2.1A adapter?

Can I safely use a 5V 2.1A power adapter for a device (Linksys WET11 Wireless Ethernet Bridge) that expects 5V 2.0A? [more inside]
posted by SomePerlGeek on Oct 21, 2006 - 3 answers

Watt question

A question about voltage, watts, transformers. [more inside]
posted by dydecker on Sep 20, 2006 - 8 answers

Charger specs for cordless screwdriver?

Power-tool help: The people at Black and Decker are behaving like...well...tools... [more inside]
posted by TeamBilly on Mar 29, 2006 - 7 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

What power rating do I need for my potentiometer?

What kind of potentiometer do I need? Electronics and electrical math confuse the hell out of me, so I'm just going to lay it all out. [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Oct 29, 2005 - 7 answers

Power adapter voltage question.

I need a 6V positive-tip power adapter for a USB hub. I have a bag full of old adapters of varying voltages. I know the 6V means that it should not exceed the 6 volts, but can I use a lesser-volt adapter?
posted by Edward King on Oct 25, 2005 - 8 answers

120volt to 240 volt conversion

I have an older travel trailer that I am turning into a guest house. The trailer runs on 110/120 volts and the main powercord has an oversized end plug with angled blades and cylindrical grounding plug. Kind of like the powerplug on an oven. How do I go about converting this to work with the existing 220/240 breaker? Is it complicated / unwise to do this myself? My electrical experience is limited to installing new light fixtures and electrical outlets.
posted by mollykiely on Apr 8, 2005 - 8 answers

I need a DVD player that can work on two different voltages - US and UK.

DC-powered DVD players? I'm living in a country where the AC power is 220 volts, but will be returning to the US, where AC is 110. I want to buy a DVD player that I can use here and at home. [MI] [more inside]
posted by squirrel on Jan 20, 2005 - 12 answers

Disadvantages of using a 220V converter for 110V electronics?

Voltage query: What are the disadvantages of regularly using electronics made for 110V using a step down voltage transformer in a 220V - 240V country?
posted by riffola on Jan 11, 2005 - 14 answers

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