Using Electrical Appliances in Foreign Countries
Taking Domestic Electrical Equipment to a Foreign Country: The safest way to know if your electrical appliance will be safe to connect and use with a foreign electrical system.
Checking Foreign Voltage for Compatibility
Electrical Wiring Question: I moved to another country so will I be able to make a workable connection with the power sources, and If not will I be able to connect using a converter power source?
- When I moved to another country I brought my electric range with me. It is a GE range Model: JBS55DMWW SKU: 8464244.
- In this country the standard electrical outlet is 220 and is two small gauge wires.
- They also have a three wire plug used specifically for the air conditioner wall units.
- Will I be able to make a workable connection with either of these power sources? If not will I be able to connect via a converter power source?
This home electrical repairs question came from: John, from, New Hampshire.
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Foreign Voltages and Electrical Systems
- Take it From a Local Electrician The safest way to know if your electrical appliance will be safe to connect and use with a foreign electrical system is to have a local electrician compare your appliance with the local electrical system.
- If the electric range is strictly heating elements with not electronic components then it might be safe with the existing 220 volt system, but again – check with a local electrician.
- The 220 volt system should be much the same as here in the USA, two hots and one earth ground, however the amperage is a big factor as well.
- Taking Domestic Electrical Equipment to a Foreign Country When people ask me if they should take their electrical appliances with them when they relocate to another country I usually advise them to leave their domestic appliances at home and purchase new appliances where they are moving to that way there will be complete compatibility and not worries of burning up an appliance that could become totally useless.
- Foreign Voltage Adapters and Converters There are a number of voltage adapters and converters available but be very careful to make sure that the adapter or converter will produce the output that will be rated for your specific equipment.
- Electricity around the world needs to be properly identified to prevent possible harm to your personal electrical devices.
- An electrical device from America is manufactured for an electrical service of 110 to 120 volts and 60 Hertz.
- When using Non-Power Correcting Adapters some of these domestic devices could over heat and burn out after a while.
- This could happen right away or could take a day, possibly weeks, months or even years. It really depends on the quality of the device.
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