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Electronics from USA

Dear All,

We are moving from the USA in a few months to Switz. I have some electronics like Vitamix blender, hair dryers, clocks, juicer etc. Is it worth bringing these and I am assuming we'll need transformers. In your experience, do these electronics with US voltage have problems / stop functioning over time? I love my juicer and vitamix and neither were cheap so I can also leave them here.

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Re: Electronics from USA

If the electronics set themself to the european voltage, you need only an adaptor (not expensive),if not, don't bring them,it will be better to buy new
electronics here, because seperate transformers are not cheap and consume
a lot of power for themself (means a higher payment to the provider)
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Re: Electronics from USA

Leave them behind electronics here are all cheap anyawy
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Re: Electronics from USA

Buying transformers from Amazon or maybe Radio Shack is MUCH cheaper than here. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss...ctronics%2C431

- buy the heavy duty 500 or best the 1,000 watt models.

Some modern small appliances have the black power supply that plugs into the wall socket, and SOMETIMES they are suitable for both the 110 & 220 volts supply. If 220 volts is not printed on the plastic, then you should assume it is only low voltage 110 / 120 volt.

You might also need some power strips for each room: change the lead plug to a Swiss plug, then you can plug the 220 volt USA items into the strips.

Almost every time you plug a 110 volt item into 220 volts it will fry! Repairs will be impossibly difficult.
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Re: Electronics from USA

Most appliance with motors, especially high wattage motors, would require a beefy transformer. And even then they might not work as well because of the frequency difference. (50Hz instead of 60Hz means that normal AC motors will run about 10% slower.)

I'd probably not bother, but of course it depends on just how attached you are to them and how long you are likely to be here.
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Re: Electronics from USA

Get a 1000w transformer. Re-buying just the vitamix here will be 2-3 times the price of it. I've run a vita, kitchen aid, and occasionally champion juicer on a trafo for 13 years no problems.
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Re: Electronics from USA

indeed as someone with a bunch of KitchenAid stuff running on 110v, get a heavy-duty step-down transformer and get it from the US if you're determined. Get at least 1000w because anything less will struggle with bigger items.

it's incovenient and I'd limit it to the kitchen. Hairdryer I'd source locally as you'll get fed up with lugging the heavy transformer out....
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Re: Electronics from USA

Someone is selling some transformers, so you can save some lugging:

http://www.englishforum.ch/items-sal...-adliswil.html
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indeed as someone with a bunch of KitchenAid stuff running on 110v, get a heavy-duty step-down transformer and get it from the US if you're determined. Get at least 1000w because anything less will struggle with bigger items.

it's incovenient and I'd limit it to the kitchen. Hairdryer I'd source locally as you'll get fed up with lugging the heavy transformer out....
+1 for an honest appraisal of how important these particular appliances to your daily life. If your move is not permanent and you can store them they will be something to look forward to when you return to US (although your profile says London - so maybe you are in the band that are never quite sure where next posting may be...)

A good transformer is usually quite heavy, like SC says lugging around not really convenient and should you drop it on your toe even less convenient

For the cost of a transformer you can buy a new hairdryer...I got a 2000W dryer for 20sfr at Lidl (twee branding but it does the job).
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