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Old Mar 8th 2008, 12:43 pm   #1
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Looking to buy a converter so to use some UK appliances in the USA. Does anyone know where to buy them? Cheers.
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Old Mar 8th 2008, 1:34 pm   #2
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You need a step up voltage converter, this will work only on appliances which have on their nameplate 50/60hz. Many european appliances with motors in them will NOT work in the US even if you adjust the voltage.
Have a look at this website for convertors http://www.electrashop.co.uk/convertpower.htm, US to UK convertors start about halfway down the page.
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Waste of time and effort ....buy new on arrival ...
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hmmm...leave behind even our braun handheld food processor? sad.
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The only electrical items you have which will work on the US are most probably your computer (laptop or desktop), for anything you have and would like to hang onto check on the dataplate, for it to work in the US it should have 50/60hz and 100/240V, anything with 50hz 220v only you might as well sell or donate, electrical items are not too expensive in the US.
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With very few exceptions, it's really not worth bringing most of your electronic devices over here. Computers and laptops and anything built for 110/220 is ok, but by and large most people recommend selling them back home and using the proceeds to buy here (where things are generally a bit cheaper). If you are going to be returning in 1-2 years, then you can consider throwing a few things in storage.

Fans, hair dryers, curling irons, electric toothbrushes--it's all a bunch of hassle and easier to get new ones.

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Why is it sad? They make them for the US and looking at the price of converters --

http://www.amazon.com/Braun-MR430HC-.../dp/B00004S9GX
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Why is it sad? They make them for the US and looking at the price of converters --

http://www.amazon.com/Braun-MR430HC-.../dp/B00004S9GX
Just being silly and sentimental.
Thanks everyone. Let the sale begin.
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Waste of time and effort ....buy new on arrival ...
Sorry to disagree, but I brought all of my appliances with me (kitchen ones, not vacuum, washer etc).

We have one big step up/step down convertor in the kitchen in a corner and IMO it was far cheaper to bring our iron, Bamix, Nespresso machine, Polti steam cleaner etc .. all the expensive stuff .. than to leave it behind to rot in storage, sell for pennies or give away, than to buy new here.

And perhaps it's being a woman you get used to certain things and yes, it is sad to leave them behind! So, OP, I fully understand and highly recommend you bring them and replace when they die.

I can't remember where we got our convertors as my H bought them online, but he did his research and got a great deal.

We have 2 large ones - the kitchen one and one for the plasma - and a couple of smaller ones for other stuff.
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Sorry to disagree, but I brought all of my appliances with me (kitchen ones, not vacuum, washer etc).We have 2 large ones - the kitchen one and one for the plasma - and acouple of smaller ones for other stuff.
but who paid for the shipping ..
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but who paid for the shipping ..
They didn't take up that much room in the container!

The OP needs to weigh up the sentiment v the cost of a packing box to ship and the cost of the convertor.

Even if we had paid for the shipping we would have done the same
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LOL..thats what those who had it paid for always say ....
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