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Appliances and electronics

Postby Song » Thu, 14 Apr 2005 11:01 am

I will be moving to Singapore from USA.
What do you recommend about all the electronics items and household electric appliances that I have that use only 110V-60Hz?

1. Do I need to get rid of all of these and buy new ones?
2. Can I get down-transformers in Singapore to use these in Singapore?
3. Where can I get the prices for these if I need to buy new ones? Is there any published list of average prices of household appliances and electronics. I couldn't find any on-line shopping sites with such information.
4. Is there any rental place where I can rent these? Would you recommend that?

TV, DVD Player, Washer, Dryer, Refrigerator, Radio Clock, Electric Toothbrushes, Shaver, Coffee maker, Iron, Dryer, Answering machine, Camcorder, Microwave oven, ... There are about US$5,000 worth of these that I need to consider either selling or keeping. Help!!!

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Postby Strong Eagle » Thu, 14 Apr 2005 3:55 pm

TV - wont' work here - NTSC in US, PAL here, voltage doesn't matter, wrong signal.

DVD - probably won't work because if regional security codes - you can get a player that plays everything pretty cheap.

A lot of stuff like toothbrushes and shavers either have a universal transformer or a switch already.

Camcoder - buy a new adapter upon arrival.

Answering machine - new adapter but I'n not sure it's compatible with the phone system here.

Washer, dryer, microwave _might_ work on transfomer, but power is 50 Hz here, not 60, and you need to check. Refrigerator probably will not work with transformer because it is an induction motor.

Step down transformers are big, heavy, and expensive. Can't think of where to get one right off hand.

Don't know about rents... haven't seen much in the way of rents.

As for prices, roughly comparable to US prices... maybe a tad cheaper (5 to 10 percent).

My take is this: By the time you pay for shipping and transformers for used stuff, you'd be better off buying new stuff. And once the stuff is here, you'll need to throw it away or take it back because nobody would want the stuff.

If your company is paying shipping, ask them for a new appliance allowance in lieu of shipping your stuff.

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Thanks

Postby Song » Thu, 14 Apr 2005 7:43 pm

Dear Strong Eagle,

You provided the answers that I needed precisely.
Thanks a bunch!

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Postby Strong Eagle » Thu, 14 Apr 2005 10:35 pm

Did a little web sniffing. Transformers weigh about 15 to 20 lbs and are in the $100 to $200 US range. It looks like a refrigerator will run.

Still, I'd be tempted to leave the stuff behind and buy what I need here.

http://www.eastwestintl.com/transformer ... ormers.htm

http://www.exportappliances.com/transformer.asp#1

http://www.elect-spec-transformer.com/v ... Regulators

http://www.international-electrical-sup ... mers6.html

http://www.samstores.com/faq.asp#WorldTVSystem


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