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Electronics from U.S. to U.K. (bye bye nice tv ;-))

Old Jul 22nd 2007, 8:48 pm
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Default Electronics from U.S. to U.K. (bye bye nice tv ;-))

Well, I waved our LCD TV off this morning as someone came by to buy it. We decided to sell it rather than worry it would get broken by shipping it (chances are it would not work, anyway).

There are a few electronic things we don't want to part with, if we can help with. Has anyone successfully shipped and can still use any of the following (from the US):

Power tools (husband has a lot of woodworking stuff, and goes white when I suggest we might not be able to take them). Can we easily get a transformer so they'll work over there?

Lamps. I have a couple of nice ones. How easy are they to rewire? Anyone done this?

Laptop computer. I am thinking this will be ok, but is there anything I need to take into account that I'm not thinking of?


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Old Jul 22nd 2007, 9:23 pm
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My lamps are the one thing I wish I had brought over. Pretty much the ones here are butt ugly. There is a small elctronic shop in our village that rewires lamps and our village is not that large so I would think rewiring would be fairly easy to have done.
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Originally Posted by gingajoy
Well, I waved our LCD TV off this morning as someone came by to buy it. We decided to sell it rather than worry it would get broken by shipping it (chances are it would not work, anyway).

There are a few electronic things we don't want to part with, if we can help with. Has anyone successfully shipped and can still use any of the following (from the US):

Power tools (husband has a lot of woodworking stuff, and goes white when I suggest we might not be able to take them). Can we easily get a transformer so they'll work over there?

Lamps. I have a couple of nice ones. How easy are they to rewire? Anyone done this?

Laptop computer. I am thinking this will be ok, but is there anything I need to take into account that I'm not thinking of?


Thanks!

The laptop should be fine with a 9.99 Walmart adapter, as most are dual sensing over a wide range 100 to 250 volts.

With the other equipment you are going to have to use a step up transformer or adapter. Only heavy electrical equipment in the States is 220v. Nearly all small electrical equipment is 110v. If you have any queries once you get to England, just ask a licenced electrician for advice, its well worth the money.


Hope this helps.
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Transformers we've bought in the US tend to be very big, heavy and get very hot.
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EDIT -
(I read UK to US)


So just use 240v screw cap bulbs in the UK with a new plug on them

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I took a laptop over and ran it through an adapter and surge protector...it still got fried. Do your research well! (It did take a few months, though).
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We took our laptop from Canada to Australia. We blew up the laptop in the first month, even with the transformer thingy. My blowdryer, even on "cold" got so hot I burned a large chunk of hair off one morning. As Jerseygirl says, the transformers from US to UK/Australia get VERY hot and they are big and cumbersome.
If it were me, I'd sell it all and buy new over there. Except for the lamps, which are easy to rewire.
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Originally Posted by guaporusty
I took a laptop over and ran it through an adapter and surge protector...it still got fried. Do your research well! (It did take a few months, though).
I've been using my Mac laptop here for well over a year with no problems - only had to change the plug on it, nothing else, same with our other Macs.

Ipod's been working just fine also.
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thank you all! I am definitely bringing the lamps. I'll wait and see with the laptop, tho. As for Huz's power tools. I think we'll seek professional advice before he fries himself in the garage
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Default Re: Electronics from U.S. to U.K. (bye bye nice tv ;-))

Originally Posted by gingajoy
Well, I waved our LCD TV off this morning as someone came by to buy it. We decided to sell it rather than worry it would get broken by shipping it (chances are it would not work, anyway).

There are a few electronic things we don't want to part with, if we can help with. Has anyone successfully shipped and can still use any of the following (from the US):

Power tools (husband has a lot of woodworking stuff, and goes white when I suggest we might not be able to take them). Can we easily get a transformer so they'll work over there?

Lamps. I have a couple of nice ones. How easy are they to rewire? Anyone done this?

Laptop computer. I am thinking this will be ok, but is there anything I need to take into account that I'm not thinking of?


Thanks!
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We shipped back all our 110V power tools from Canada. I rewired the 110V 15A to 230V tranformer I purchased in Calgary to run all my Canadain/US tools. You can by step tranformer, just check out uk Ebay. We purchased 45watt to 800 watt tranformers for tools, shop vac/carpet cleaner, kids toys, radio etc. I had brought back about $6-7K worth of tools etc and so it was worth spending $150 on a Transformers.

Computers run ok in UK on 240V.

Lamps can use 240V screw bulbs plus UK plug.

I brought Can/US extension lead with plugs that go directly into the transformers, so no wiring problems. Electrical goods I rewired is easy to do.

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Default Re: Electronics from U.S. to U.K. (bye bye nice tv ;-))

Originally Posted by gingajoy
thank you all! I am definitely bringing the lamps. I'll wait and see with the laptop, tho. As for Huz's power tools. I think we'll seek professional advice before he fries himself in the garage
Depending on the manufacturer it might be easier to buy the European version of the power supply. I have a Dell and so bought a UK PSU off of Ebay
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Originally Posted by gingajoy
thank you all! I am definitely bringing the lamps. I'll wait and see with the laptop, tho. As for Huz's power tools. I think we'll seek professional advice before he fries himself in the garage
You shouldn't have any trouble with laptops...they are usually dual voltage and are designed to be used when travelling.
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