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Voltage converters

Post by stevebags » Sat, 13 Sep 2008 5:45 pm

Hello,

I did some research on the forum before posting this, but could not find info on the following:

Do those of you who use voltage converters to convert from 110V to 220V leave these on all of the time or just switch them on when you need them? My work loaned us four 2000W units for free. We figured we would use these instead of replacing all of our smaller 110V items that would just collect dust in storage.

We have a couple I use for my printer and internet router in the office and the coffee maker and toaster, etc in the kitchen. We do use the Cuisinart occasionally to, but would not use it at the same time as other things.

I understand that I should not exceed the wattage, but a few of the forums mentioned “phase”

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Post by durain » Sat, 13 Sep 2008 6:00 pm

for short period, no problemo. for 24/7, defo no.

the stepdown (or up) converter/transformer is doing the voltage but not the hertz. USA is using 60Hz and singapore is at 50Hz. it will work but you will notice it gets very hot.

i had a US siemens gigaset cordless running 24/7 using a stepdown. after a couple of months, the PSU blew up! not 100% sure if it is related but i wont be doing that anymore!

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Post by stevebags » Sat, 13 Sep 2008 6:13 pm

How about the converter itself? Think it is better to switch it on and off or just leave it on all of the time and just plug in whatever is needed at such times?

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Post by durain » Sat, 13 Sep 2008 6:17 pm

turn it off on the wall socket.

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