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How can I use my US Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Here?

All of our things just arrived from the states & someone told me I could ruin it if I use a converter to power it up over here. I miss my baking!

Is this true & is there anyway I could use it?

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Re: How can I use my US Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Here?

I have an old U.S. Kitchen Aid that I run on a cheap Chinese transformer with no problems. I think it's a 300 watt transformer, which is right on the line for that application- but I haven't blown any fuses (in the transformer that is).
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Re: How can I use my US Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Here?

is it design for 220V?
If it is 110v only do not try to connect it here.

Power adapters do not change the voltage.
An option is to use a transformer 110/220 (change voltage) but they are expensive and big (I think).

If you don't know what it is, post a pic of the label
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Re: How can I use my US Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Here?

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I have an old U.S. Kitchen Aid that I run on a cheap Chinese transformer with no problems. I think it's a 300 watt transformer, which is right on the line for that application- but I haven't blown any fuses (in the transformer that is).

its not the fuse you have to worry about!! if you overload a transformer it will melt and catch fire! if your appliance is 300 watt you should be using at least a 600watt step down to be on the safe side, or buy a smoke alarm
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Re: How can I use my US Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Here?

We have one fro the 'states and are using it with a proper converter. Wattage of the converter is VERY important. 300W should do the job.
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Re: How can I use my US Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Here?

...there is also the difference of 50 and 60 cycles, which may or may not affect the motor over time, especially if you grunt it with heavy loads..
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Old 15.11.2010, 10:51
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Re: How can I use my US Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Here?

Be very wary even with a converter it can be a bit dicky.
If you are lucky it will run on 220V but have it checked first.
Some 110 appliances can run be run on 220V if you get the wiring changed but have this seen to by a electrician first.
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Re: How can I use my US Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Here?

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...there is also the difference of 50 and 60 cycles, which may or may not affect the motor over time, especially if you grunt it with heavy loads..
First step is to check exactly what it says on the label.

I was in the States earlier this year & I was surprised on checking the labels that everything I wanted to take with me was OK - 110/220v & 50/60 cycles - I mean mobile phones, cameras, laptop PCs, toothbrushes, CPAP machine.
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Re: How can I use my US Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Here?

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Be very wary even with a converter it can be a bit dicky.
If you are lucky it will run on 220V but have it checked first.
Some 110 appliances can run be run on 220V if you get the wiring changed but have this seen to by a electrician first.

Yes, I would be very careful with this. The Kitchen Aid mixers have a powerful electric motor, and the demands are NOT the same as a regular electronic appliance. Wattage is important.

The one we use is a 500 Watt converter from AED International:
http://www.aedinternational.com/voltage_converters.htm
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Re: How can I use my US Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Here?

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All of our things just arrived from the states & someone told me I could ruin it if I use a converter to power it up over here. I miss my baking!

Is this true & is there anyway I could use it?

Thanks!
My kitchen aid works fine with just elbow power. Baking activity resumed...

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Re: How can I use my US Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Here?

To be on the really safe side (avoiding risk of burnouts, fires, blown fuses, etc.etc), check out amazon, at http://www.amazon.de/300W-SPANNUNGSW...818065&sr=8-19 . They also advertise a 1000W unit. I have seen 600W units too (which is probably more appropriate in your case). .

Your unit should have the US power/amp/voltage/frequency requiremetns listed somewhere on it. Rough power/load requirements for CH can be calculated from details at http://www.sengpielaudio.com/calculator-ohm.htm. I would double it and get the appropriate unit for CH.

You can also search of "spannungswandler" on the net for additional units.

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Re: How can I use my US Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Here?

It really isn't worth it.

I brought mine with the correct transformer and everything (having also used my US model in Asia), and happily mixed my first round of Christmas cookies here without problems. Then one day later on I was mixing up something, and noticed the smell of smoke in the air..

A new CH KitchenAid is ca CHF 399 - they are always on sale somewhere, no need to pay the list price of 799. And the cost of setting your kitchen on fire is... a whole lot more than that.
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Re: How can I use my US Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Here?

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My kitchen aid works fine with just elbow power. Baking activity resumed...

I agree. And not to forget its useful partner:

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Re: How can I use my US Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Here?

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I agree. And not to forget its useful partner:

You are just showing off with your hi-tech gadgetry now...

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Re: How can I use my US Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Here?

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I agree. And not to forget its useful partner:


I make good use of those as well (the fancy one too, sorry Sandgrounder!) but years of playing flute, playing on the computer and running a prescription lens grinder have left me with some very easily tired hands / wrists.

Although I sometimes miss more frequent baking (the hand mixers here seem to dislike cookie dough), I think it is better for my waistline.
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You are just showing off with your hi-tech gadgetry now...


That was just plucked off the 'Net. I don't have the right cables to show you my whisk, a 15-year-old thang with a half melted orange-red handle.


P.S. Peg A, cookie dough really does not need an electric mixer. Just a spatula.
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Re: How can I use my US Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Here?

I first used my US Kitchen aid with a travel converter (in the uK - same 220v as here in CH) and if used for more than a couple of minutes it blew the converter. I finally bought a transformer (500w) and it works great. It is about 6" x 6" x 8" - fairly heavy but I feel much safer using it. I also got it from Amazon - think it wasn't too expensive - only about £50. Although I also have a hand mixer with dough hooks and I prefer that to the mammoth kitchen Aid!!!
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Re: How can I use my US Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Here?

To be safe, I would also recommend a transformer at 500W. I have gotten all my transformers and plug adapters here: http://www.voltageconverters.com/ ---but only had them shipped to the US and then carried over here. The price is reasonable but they are heavy, especially the 500W one.

Happy Baking!
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Re: How can I use my US Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Here?

Looking for a picture of a whisk, I came up with this Kitchen Antiques Site. A bit off-topic but still.
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Re: How can I use my US Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Here?

Swisstobe, if you haven't found your perfect converter yet, how about this?

http://www.aldi-suisse.ch/ch/html/of...1-17&WT.sp=DEU

This multi-function processor probably comes with a 3-year guarantee. The blender/chopper we bought has it and so far it's pretty good.
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