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Vitamix 5200 - bring my US one or buy new in Switzerland?

It seems that my US Vitamix may not be safe and fully workable in Switzerland even w a voltage convertor.

Has anyone had experience w this? The US specs are 120 volts; 60 hz; 11.5 amps and 1380 watts. It was expensive here but I understand it may cost as much as 1000 CHF for a new one there.

Any insight is appreciated!
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Old 27.08.2011, 22:35
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Re: Vitamix 5200 - bring my US one or buy new in Swiyzerland?

It will work with a transformer, but the motor will run about 20% slower than on 60hz (it's 50hz here).

Since one of the big selling points of a Vitamix is it's munching power at top speed, a 20% reduction would be a drawback. Also, the motor depends on running it's rated RPM for cooling itself, so you might overheat it if running it for long periods like making soups.

A good transformer that can handle that wattage is going to be at least a couple hundred bucks, double or more for a really high quality one. And you're still left with the frequency issue.

I would contact Vitamix and see what they would sell just a 240V/50hz base for; they also are known for accepting trade-ins, so you could very likely end up with a Euro spec base for what a transformer would cost you.
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Old 27.08.2011, 22:45
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Re: Vitamix 5200 - bring my US one or buy new in Swiyzerland?

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It will work with a transformer, but the motor will run about 20% slower than on 60hz (it's 50hz here).
And 36% down on power!

Friend of mine bought a Jacuzzi from the US, but the jets were noticeably weak.

Tom
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Old 27.08.2011, 23:00
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Re: Vitamix 5200 - bring my US one or buy new in Swiyzerland?

Even with a step-down transformer it'll run slower? I don't have any problems with my US appliances running on the step-down I have as I believe it brings it to US spec, but it's a fairly solid high voltage model.
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Even with a step-down transformer it'll run slower? I don't have any problems with my US appliances running on the step-down I have as I believe it brings it to US spec, but it's a fairly solid high voltage model.
The speed is governed by the frequency of the alternating current. Most of the time it's not too much of an issue, but with the Vitamix they are counting on it going full tilt boogie to do things like pulverize strawberry seeds in smoothies and cook soups by the friction of the blades on the liquid (I know it sounds weird but it does work).

There are variable frequency motor drives available that can raise the output frequency (or lower it), but this is industrial stuff and you'll be able to buy at least a couple of spare Vitamixs by the time you get the voltage and frequency out of a Swiss wall to mimic the U.S.
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Re: Vitamix 5200 - bring my US one or buy new in Swiyzerland?

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It seems that my US Vitamix may not be safe and fully workable in Switzerland even w a voltage convertor.

Has anyone had experience w this? The US specs are 120 volts; 60 hz; 11.5 amps and 1380 watts. It was expensive here but I understand it may cost as much as 1000 CHF for a new one there.

Any insight is appreciated!
Sell your old one to a friend and buy the international model from VitaMix directly. They sell the 240V model by phone - you won't find it on their website. Ask for the Swiss plug so you won't need an adapter for Euro to Swiss. Tell them that you are a repeat customer and they will probably give you a better price or free shipping. It is expensive but - LOVE MY VITAMIX!

I recommend the smaller, shorter pitcher as the kitchen space in general is pretty small here.
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Re: Vitamix 5200 - bring my US one or buy new in Switzerland?

Hi there,

Just got a mail from keimling.ch (raw food site) and they have now reduced the price by about 20% - check out the prices on their website.

Still not within my budget but one day............

Gruss
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Re: Vitamix 5200 - bring my US one or buy new in Swiyzerland?

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It will work with a transformer, but the motor will run about 20% slower than on 60hz (it's 50hz here).

Since one of the big selling points of a Vitamix is it's munching power at top speed, a 20% reduction would be a drawback. Also, the motor depends on running it's rated RPM for cooling itself, so you might overheat it if running it for long periods like making soups.

A good transformer that can handle that wattage is going to be at least a couple hundred bucks, double or more for a really high quality one. And you're still left with the frequency issue.

I would contact Vitamix and see what they would sell just a 240V/50hz base for; they also are known for accepting trade-ins, so you could very likely end up with a Euro spec base for what a transformer would cost you.
Small correction: The power in Europe is 230V/50Hz
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Small correction: The power in Europe is 230V/50Hz
10 volts either way isn't going to hertz anyone.
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10 volts either way isn't going to hertz anyone.
True, but the 10 cycles did
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Re: Vitamix 5200 - bring my US one or buy new in Swiyzerland?

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It will work with a transformer, but the motor will run about 20% slower than on 60hz (it's 50hz here).
Since this is the first link that comes up when you google "vitamix+voltage transformer" I thought I should reply here.

Not all electric motors are the same. Vitamix blenders are equipped with a universal motor.

Unlike induction and synchronous motors, the speed of universal motors is not limited by the electric mains supply frequency.

Your Vitamix will not run slower when you operate it with a voltage transformer.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Vitamix 5200 - bring my US one or buy new in Switzerland?

I have a Vitamix 6300 that I would love to move from the US to Ch. I did contact Vitamix customer service but never heard from them.
Did anyone move that model and does it work fine in Switzerland? Thanks
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Re: Vitamix 5200 - bring my US one or buy new in Switzerland?

Bring it and ask these guys if they can convert it to €uro specs.
http://www.kunzvital.ch/vitamix-5200-p-600.html
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