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Old Jul 25th 2007, 12:33 am
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We're not bringing most of our electrical items, but for the few that we are, what kind of converters are available and can they make electricals that require 240v to work properly, work on 110v?

For example US friends or ours want an electric kettle from the UK. Is it possible to get it to boil as quickly in the US on a lower voltage?

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We have bought to great big converters (for Australian to US), at the moments one is running the computer and all that stuff, and the other is running the tv etc. They were about $100 each. I would definatly get one for those kind of items, but probably not for the kettle. their quite big (probably the size of a shoe box) although if you were bringing lots of kitchen equipment over it would be worth it.

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http://stores.channeladvisor.com/VID...ms/1448-IN-10?

I have 2 of these and run various UK electrical items on them. I've slowly replaced items as they broke or became outdated. Its a cheap option to get you up and running quickly without having to buy all new.

A kettle will boil just as quickly if you use this. However as previously stated it is rather large, they do also get warm. Try to find a decent kettle in the US instead.


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We're not bringing most of our electrical items, but for the few that we are, what kind of converters are available and can they make electricals that require 240v to work properly, work on 110v?

For example US friends or ours want an electric kettle from the UK. Is it possible to get it to boil as quickly in the US on a lower voltage?

TIA
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Pony... like you said TRY to find a decent kettle... they are like hens teeth over here!
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http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/prod...=104045&RN=687
$49.99 - 20% off vouchers (Found everywhere)
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We're not bringing most of our electrical items, but for the few that we are, what kind of converters are available and can they make electricals that require 240v to work properly, work on 110v?

For example US friends or ours want an electric kettle from the UK. Is it possible to get it to boil as quickly in the US on a lower voltage?

TIA
yes you can get converters and they work fine - a bit warm etc

Kettles are shite here as they are on lower voltage - so no matter how good a one you get it will still be slow! In theory the UK one should be quicker as you are stepping up the voltage
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http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/prod...=104045&RN=687
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these are best you can get here but still PAINFULLY slow compared to home!
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Terminal, we can give you a great site where to buy your convertors from .. they are 'Step up, step down' and OH has found somewhere which does a good price on them. He's not here right now (out at the baseball with work!) but I'll ask him to post the link for you. Actually, I need to forward those emails I mentioned, so will do that at the same time.

Oh, and I found a great kettle

Cordless, fast and makes GREAT tea! As you'll find out when you pop round for a cuppa!

Said kettle

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yes you can get converters and they work fine - a bit warm etc

Kettles are shite here as they are on lower voltage - so no matter how good a one you get it will still be slow! In theory the UK one should be quicker as you are stepping up the voltage
It's not the voltage that makes the difference it's the wattage. As long as they have the same wattage they will heat up at the same rate.

http://www.krupsonlinestore.com/prod...e&MENU=kettles

Why mess with a converter when an electric kettle is so cheap.
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Originally Posted by Amandabee View Post
Pony... like you said TRY to find a decent kettle... they are like hens teeth over here!
Target usually has electric kettles and some of the mall stores.
Good luck
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these are best you can get here but still PAINFULLY slow compared to home!
I had the 110v Russell Hobbs forever, it got sick, I bought the BRaun 3 years ago, not bad, pretty fast by USA standards.
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We have bought to great big converters (for Australian to US), at the moments one is running the computer and all that stuff, and the other is running the tv etc. They were about $100 each. I would definatly get one for those kind of items, but probably not for the kettle. their quite big (probably the size of a shoe box) although if you were bringing lots of kitchen equipment over it would be worth it.

Amanda
We did exactly the same - bought a couple of convertors and Bobs your Uncle - everything works perfectly.

I was going to sell/give away/store or ditch all our kitchen equipment, but when I learnt about the convertors I decided it was cheaper and less time consuming to bring all our stuff and use the one convertor which is in the corner in the kitchen. So I brought the lot - including iron! Will replace with US as and when things die, but until then, I'm using what I've got and know.
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I just checked the Krups UK web site and their kettles are 1750 watts, exactly the same as the US. So UK kettles boil quicker than US is a myth.
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These are pretty nice too, although not cheap. http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/prod...1&SKU=13690707
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In the UK I had a 'fast boil' model which was 3000 watts. 3kw kettles are common in the UK, I have not seen anything similar here though...

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I just checked the Krups UK web site and their kettles are 1750 watts, exactly the same as the US. So UK kettles boil quicker than US is a myth.
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