Appliances - Moving from US to Singapore

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Appliances - Moving from US to Singapore

Post by nytosg » Sat, 20 Oct 2007 8:57 am

My company is paying for me to move everything and anything I want.

One thing I can't live without are my brand new pair of Miele washer and dryers. I don't want to spend $ buying another pair in SG.

Can I just use the electrical converter if I bring them over? Will they work?

Any feedback would be appreciated

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Post by road.not.taken » Sat, 20 Oct 2007 9:11 am

I think moving them is a bad idea. You'd need a transformer ($150 SGD each or more) for each and appliances which are exposed to the elements age very quickly. Remember the humidity here is up around 90% everyday -- really damaging. Leave those behind and get something new at this end, I wouldn't bring any electronics. There are other great things you can put in your container that you may appreciate more once you get here.

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Re: Appliances - Moving from US to Singapore

Post by Taga-Bukid » Sat, 20 Oct 2007 3:49 pm

nytosg wrote:My company is paying for me to move everything and anything I want.

One thing I can't live without are my brand new pair of Miele washer and dryers. I don't want to spend $ buying another pair in SG.

Can I just use the electrical converter if I bring them over? Will they work?

Any feedback would be appreciated

I'm somewhat in the same boat. I wanted to bring my 3 month 27 cf LG side by side fridge instead of putting it into storage. However, I've read from one of the brochures provided to me by my local SG relocation company that this isn't recommended as the seals for refs tend to degrade in humid environments.

With regards to washer/dryers, usually there's a special plug and power circuit for these - 3 phase (don't quote me as I'm not an electrician) as opposed to single phase power for the rest of the house and common appliances. I think it's tougher to find transformers for 3 phase power as opposed to single phase power.

There's a few things I'm bringing over as I didn't want to start over in terms of repurchasing them: stereo system (receiver, subwoofer, speakers etc), kid's tv/video/game system (tv, dvd, vcr, nintendo wii) and office computer eqpt. I found a website in the US that sells transformers @ reasonable prices SG$75 max (voltageconverters.com - look at the FAQ section for some other answers). I ended up buying 2 x 750W and 1x500W. For the kid's eqpt, they have a lot of dvd's (region) that they watch. Even though I can buy a multisystem tv and other components in SG, it is still out of pocket $. I'd probably buy more than what I need. Looking at the componentry of the electronics, they're very much the same whether you buy it in the US or overseas, from my experience. Most of the computer eqpt I'm brining are dual voltage units, so the overall conversion from 110 to 220 wasn't too bad.

Most of the suggestions I've seen are not to bring your electronics and just buy locally in SG. Good luck on the move.

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Re: Appliances - Moving from US to Singapore

Post by road.not.taken » Sat, 20 Oct 2007 3:58 pm

Taga-Bukid wrote:I found a website in the US that sells transformers @ reasonable prices SG$75 max (voltageconverters.com - look at the FAQ section for some other answers). I ended up buying 2 x 750W and 1x500W. For the kid's eqpt, they have a lot of dvd's (region) that they watch. Even though I can buy a multisystem tv and other components in SG, it is still out of pocket $. I'd probably buy more than what I need.
Just keep in mind, you don't want to buy the cheapest transformer available, I've had a few 'blow' and take the appliance with it. And, a multi-region DVD player here, that will play everything from the States and elsewhere is about $60 SGD. You can buy 2nd hand TVs fairly regularly here from people moving out. Yes, it's money out of pocket, moves always cost money, but it might be less headache in the long run. I have never heard of someone shipping a refrigerator to Singapore :shock:

It used to be companies gave allowances for electronics, are these drying up as well?

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