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Old 11.12.2014, 18:48
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Power converter/transformer needed

Hi all. I'm new on the forums.

My dad in NY just sent me a king-size dual-control electric blanket. It's 110-120V but the watts are very high at 180-185W each side, so 360-370W total.

I called many stores and looked online and can only find 45W or 100W output.

I've seen there are a lot of messages here regarding transformers, etc. but most of them are old and I just don't have the patience to sift through all of them.

I've tried FUST, Conrad, pcp.ch, Office World, Distrelec, ARP, and a few distributors but either they only have the 45W or 100W, or huge monsters that cost a bomb.

Can anyone point me to a shop that sells what I need at an affordable price? I replied today to someone here who posted on 2.12.14 that's selling one but I don't know if it's still for sale.

Does anyone else have one for sale?

It's getting cold and I'd really like to use that electric blanket.

Thanks for any help.
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Old 11.12.2014, 20:03
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Re: Power converter/transformer needed

Ask your dad next time to send you the money. Unless someone has a high powered transformer they're ready to give away, the cost will be more than buying a new electric blanket here.

Though I reckon one of these will be MUCH cheaper to run.

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Old 11.12.2014, 20:17
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Re: Power converter/transformer needed

We bought a 500w converter on Amazon.de. Expensive, though, particularly with shipping.
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Old 11.12.2014, 20:33
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Re: Power converter/transformer needed

I remember seeing one for sale in the last couple of days and was going to point the OP in that direction, but they've already sniffed it out for themselves.

A heavy duty one for 100 chufs.

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We bought a 500w converter on Amazon.de. Expensive, though, particularly with shipping.
Hi Corbets.

I've been looking there (.de) and the US site but I can't find any that ship to Switzerland. Is yours still listed?

Thanks.
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Old 11.12.2014, 20:35
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Re: Power converter/transformer needed

We actually bought a large one, big enough for our tread mill, from Amazon.com in the US. Cost was cheap. Shipping was cheap. For some reason we didn't even get hit with VAT. Having said all of that, I don't think I'd be comfortable using one on an electric blanket. I don't like the idea of leaving the transformer on while I am sleeping. But that may just be me.
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I remember seeing one for sale in the last couple of days and was going to point the OP in that direction, but they've already sniffed it out for themselves.

A heavy duty one for 100 chufs.

POWER CONVERTER / TRANSFORMER 2500 Watts step up step down
Hi TiMow.

Nuts. That's the one I replied to since the thread was still open. I sent Swizzie a PM today with my contact details. Are you sure it's been sold?
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Re: Power converter/transformer needed

Oops. I just realised what OP means. I thought you meant the board op but I guess you meant me - the original poster. I don't do message boards much.
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Old 11.12.2014, 20:43
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Hi TiMow.

Nuts. That's the one I replied to since the thread was still open. I sent Swizzie a PM today with my contact details. Are you sure it's been sold?
I was just writing that you'd already replied on that thread.
I have no idea, if it's still available or not.

But that's definitely the type of thing you should consider - the cheaper, low Watt, plug in the socket ones, are nothing but a fire hazard, IMO.

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Oops. I just realised what OP means. I thought you meant the board op but I guess you meant me - the original poster. I don't do message boards much.
Yep.
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Re: Power converter/transformer needed

@NotAllThere:

Nice one.

At least I'm getting my firewood delivery tomorrow.
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We actually bought a large one, big enough for our tread mill, from Amazon.com in the US. Cost was cheap. Shipping was cheap. For some reason we didn't even get hit with VAT. Having said all of that, I don't think I'd be comfortable using one on an electric blanket. I don't like the idea of leaving the transformer on while I am sleeping. But that may just be me.
I understand, but I think I'll be ok if I can get a heavy duty one as suggested. My dad also sent me a converter and the plug adapter, but it's not strong enough. Anyway, I'll only be using one control for half the blanket.

I really hope Swizzie will contact me soon.
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Old 11.12.2014, 22:35
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Re: Power converter/transformer needed

How's this?

Or this?
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Re: Power converter/transformer needed

Hey everyone, YES the transformer is STILL FOR SALE. Any questions, please PM me!
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Old 12.12.2014, 08:49
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Hi Corbets.

I've been looking there (.de) and the US site but I can't find any that ship to Switzerland. Is yours still listed?

Thanks.
Hi catflap

You're right, my mistake. When I said "we" I meant "I came up with a vague idea, my girlfriend did all the hard work, found one, and paid for it." So I mis-remembered the details.

As it turns out, we got one from eBay Switzerland, and it was no difficulty to get it shipped.

http://www.ebay.ch/sch/i.html?_from=...ndler&_sacat=0

That said, the poster before this apparently still has one for sale, so maybe that's the route to go...
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I don't like the idea of leaving the transformer on while I am sleeping.
Why?

Anyway, here's one.

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Re: Power converter/transformer needed

The only thing I don't understand is that my experience of Swiss apartments is that they are always far too hot, so really not sure why anyone would want an electric blanket.
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Why?

Anyway, here's one.

Tom
I have no scientific reason to support my concern. I am also quite clueless as to what really goes on in a transformer. So maybe it is the fear of the unknown.
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Re: Power converter/transformer needed

Hi again.

@st2lemans: Thanks. Right. I spoke with the Conrad people yesterday Saw that. Dismissed it cos of price. He showed me the 45W and 100W. No way I'll spend 500 on it.

@Jern: Thanks. More like the 2nd one you posted. I can't tell what the 1st one is except it looks like cheap plastic.

@Corbets: Well...Ah. I see. Better she take care of the money then.
Yes those are the types of things too. But I've never bought anything from ebay. If I have to buy something this important I want to have better contact with the salesperson on the phone or in person. Also, I'd rather buy the slightly used one from Swizzie (who I don't know and who is moving soon) than from anyone on ebay. Thanks.

@dodgyken: Hi. That's often the case, but not always true about the apartments. But I live in a house that's way over 100 years old. No central heating. No modern insulation. I think the rewiring was done shortly before the 21st century. The fireplace (Swedish tile oven) is on the ground floor but my bedroom is the 3rd floor attic. So I really do need the electric blanket rather than having an electric heater running all night long.

I've already heard from Swizzie. It looks like it's probably gonna happen. I hope. But there are a couple of logistical things to work out first. If not (but I think it will), I guess I'll try dealing with ebay.

Until then, at least my firewood is being delivered today.

Thanks to everyone. I'll let you know what happens. But I'd still be interested to hear from anyone else about other shops, devices, or other possibilities. I like to cover all bases. I haven't given up the search quite yet.
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I am also quite clueless as to what really goes on in a transformer.
It's not complicated. In a 240V - 120V transformer, each ohm of European electricity which comes in at the upper end is divided into two separate coulombs of American electricity at the lower end. In this way, you dilute the fine, strong European electricity down to a level which is safe for use by Americans.
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The only thing I don't understand is that my experience of Swiss apartments is that they are always far too hot, so really not sure why anyone would want an electric blanket.
Huh? I have never seen a Swiss apartment that doesn't allow you to fix the temperature to the level you prefer.
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