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Power Bright VC-500W Voltage Converter 1
  • 500 Watt heavy duty voltage converter
  • This voltage transformer can be used in 110 volt countries and 220 volt countries. It will convert from 220-240 volt to 110-120 volt AND from 110-120 volt to 220-240 volt.
  • On & Off switch
  • Fuse protected
  • 2 Spare Fuses Included
  • CE Approved

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    I recently moved from Singapore (220v) to the US (110v) and wanted to keep using my stereo. I therefore bought this transformer. It is pretty heavy, but working fine as long as you watch limit your appliances do not exceed the max of 500 Watts. Please read manual before using it. There is a little plug at the back that you need to set whether you want 120-220 conversion or 220-110 conversion. For some appliances, like my Imac and Samsung TV there is no need to use a transformer because they run both on 100 and 220 volts. All you need then is a new power cord. Also for all 12v, 6v powered smaller devices and chargers you could also just buy a new power plug. These plugs cost you a few bucks and are cheaper than a convertor. However for my Pioneer stereo I needed a transformer and this product does the work perfectly. I could recommend this to anyone. ...

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    First, be aware that when this transformer steps up the voltage, it simply doubles it and that is all it does. Since in the USA voltage is 120 Volts (it has not been 110 volts for a very long time) it outputs 240 volts not 220. It does not change the Hz so the output is 240V 60Hz. You should check whatever you are plugging into the "220V" outlet to make sure that it can operate at 240V 60Hz. The second problem is that the "Universal" outlet does not ground the widely used "Schuko" plug, so saying it is "Universal" is highly misleading. Also, be sure to get a much larger wattage than the nominal wattage of whatever you are plugging into it. I tried a 500 watt version with my 165 watt gelato machine but it kept blowing the fuse when the compressor cycled on. Which brings me to the third weakness which is the fuse - sure they give you two spare ones, but a circuit breaker would be much better. That said, this unit is inexpensive compared to what you would have to pay for one with a circuit breaker and a Schuko plug in addition to the "Universal" plug. So it might serve your purposes, just make sure whatever you are going to plug into it will work on 240V 60hz, doesn't use a Schuko plug and doesn't have wattage spikes that are many times their nominal wattage. ...

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