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Step down transformer brands

Hello, did a search, but was looking for advice on particular brands of step down transformers for constant use.

Planning to buy some high wattage transformers in U.S. (Amazon?) before coming over in July. (Shipped via relo company. Weight not an issue. )

When I read reviews on Amazon, it doesn't seem that any offerings have good reviews for quality- most say item was as if assembled and soldered by drunken monkeys.

Looking at one for kitchen items (chosen art, blender etc).

One for computer room -pc has dual voltage ps,

garage- tools, blower vac, power washer

Tread mill

55 curved 4k TV and home theater

Euro cave ( 20 amps)

Will buy cheaper electronics locally with correct voltage.

Going with 3 times peak draw
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Re: Step down transformer brands

Any brands to stay away from?
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Re: Step down transformer brands

I think most expats start out with transformers, but eventually decide it is too much hassle. Look on the back of your appliances, as many can handle 110-240, and will only need a plug adaptor.... Well, at least this was true with my laptop. Perhaps others can give you expert advice.

You cam find a lot of used appliances on EF or Facebook, once you get the hang of it.

However, if you would like a transformer, I think I have one in my basement!

Best of luck!
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Re: Step down transformer brands

Thanks,

We are looking at 4 years, so smaller items will be replaced. But TV is too expensive to buy locally.

Also, I built my guitar amp with a 120 transformer, am thinking I might get a new transformer and plug, but for time being will use external unit.

My brother in law (down near Geneva) said most people he knows buy and sell to people relocating, but I Would rather be set before we go.
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We are looking at 4 years, so smaller items will be replaced. But TV is too expensive to buy locally.

Also, I built my guitar amp with a 120 transformer, am thinking I might get a new transformer and plug, but for time being will use external unit.

My brother in law (down near Geneva) said most people he knows buy and sell to people relocating, but I Would rather be set before we go.

Are you sure you need one for the TV? Most modern electronic devices are dual voltage.


I think I have a couple Trafos hanging about.
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Looking at one for kitchen items (chosen art, blender etc).

garage- tools, blower vac, power washer

Tread mill
Remember, anything with an AC motor will run 20% slower, with only 70% of the power due to the difference in line frequency.

Quite noticible in my friend's Jacuzzi that he bought in the US!

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Re: Step down transformer brands

The 50-60Hz issue just reminded me we were thinking of bringing a tread mill. Had it for 20+ years, built like a tank, but of course 60 motor. Should I even bother? I have a transformer that covers its wattage.


As far as I can tell it has its own ac/dc converter for the controls, so Would it just run slower?
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Re: Step down transformer brands

Like the others here have said, within 1 year (if not 2 years) you'll be buying new stuff. So I would leave the poor treadmill stateside.

However for little stuff you might consider one of these:
https://www.radioshack.com/collectio...ravel-adapters
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Re: Step down transformer brands

Do you have very young children? Some transformers look poorly designed. I have seen some pictures of transformers in boxes made of perforated metal.

These are very unsuitable in kitchens where water can be spilt onto them, and curious children can poke metal into the holes.

In newer Swiss homes there is a safety trip on the 230 volt circuits, but damage can be done before it trips out.

Are you sure the Euro Cave transformer is 20 Amps? That is VERY large!
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Re: Step down transformer brands

Thanks all-

The eurocave starts with 11 amp draw, and runs at 3 amps.

So allowing for ~2x peak is how I came up with the 20.



Boys are 12 and 15, so I hope we are past the knife in the socket stage.


We are getting a 2000CF allowance to replace electronics, but that is being used up quickly.


The move is free, so if we could use the treadmill we would bring it.

Not sure what a good one would cost in CH (or DE/FR)

Maybe we will just need to get out more, and walk the dog up and down the surrounding hills.
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Re: Step down transformer brands

You could look for a 50 Hz motor from China or Singapore, and exchange it on the treadmill.
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The move is free, so if we could use the treadmill we would bring it.

Not sure what a good one would cost in CH (or DE/FR)

Maybe we will just need to get out more, and walk the dog up and down the surrounding hills.


If your home country is dead flat you will find that the hills make a big difference to how strenuous just going for a walk becomes, then after about 8 months you don't notice it much.


As to the treadmill, check if it is an AC motor - There is a good chance that it is actually a DC motor.
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Re: Step down transformer brands

Thanks all


You are correct it is 124v DC motor.

Says 15 amps
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