Step up & Down 110v to 220v

If you’re planning a
vacation to Europe, you probably know this already: the electricity
over there works differently from the United States, running on 220V
instead of 110V. Of course, the outlets are also shaped differently
depending on the country you’re visiting, so you’ll certainly need a
travel adapter before your journey. But will you also need a voltage converter? As it turns out, that depends entirely on your devices.

You will not need a voltage converter if:

  • your device mentions the capacity to run on 220V. Some older devices
    even have button on the back that allow you to switch from 110V to
    220V; if that’s the case, you’re safe using only a travel adapter.
  • your device is “dual voltage.” simply put, that means it can run on
    either 110V or 220V, and is perfectly safe without a voltage converter.
    By sure to check for each device in order to avoid damage, but most
    newer devices – from laptops to smartphones and cameras – do not need
    voltage converters.

You will need a voltage converter if:

  • your device is “single voltage.” That means it only runs on 110V,
    and would be damage if the voltage goes any higher. If your device
    specifically mentions 110V on the back without any mention of 220V, it’s
    probably single voltage and you need a voltage converter.
  • your device uses an internal motor or heating element. Think hair
    dryer or iron; if it needs to do more than just take in electricity, you
    should probably get a voltage converter.

When in doubt, it’s always safe to go with a voltage converter. Some
of your devices may not need it, but the risk of damaging them if they
unexpectedly do need it is too high and can be avoided simply by contacting us.

Are you planning to
take a trip overseas any time soon? If so, then you will need to bring
several items along with you. You will also need to have a plan for
managing the changes in voltage in other locations around the world. Not
every location in the world has the same voltage that you have in your
home country.

To avoid having your favorite devices ruined and to avoid tripping any breakers, here are some things you should remember.

Your Devices For The Bathroom

When you are visiting another location, your bathroom appliances will
typically cause the most problems. Your electric shavers, curling
irons, hair dryers, and other bathroom appliances are known for not
working when plugged into a foreign plug outlet.

Many of these appliances that are sold in the United States are sold
under the impression that they will be plugged into an outlet of 110
volts. However, in several parts of the world the standard voltage is
220 volts. You can have the right plug adapter, but your appliances and
devices can still be destroyed.

You Need A Voltage Converter

You are going to need your devices overseas so you need to pack the
right things in your travel bag. With a voltage converter, you will be
able to plug your device into a 220 volt plug without your device
blowing up in your face.

When you are looking for a converter, you will have to consider the
voltage and the wattage on your device. You will need your converter to
correspond to the right voltage of your travel destination.

If you have any questions that need to be addressed, feel free to contact us when you need us.

  Finding Watts or Amps: For Buying a Voltage Converter or Transformer

In order to work, your electric equipment consumes a certain amount of, watts, or amps. The amount of electricity it consumes depends on the type of item you’re using. For example, a radio may only need 25 watts to work, while a hair dryer might need almost 1500! In the case of the hair dryer, it creates a lot of heat, so typically electric items that generate heat will use more electricity, which means their wattage consumption is higher, like a microwave or even a toaster.

Voltage Converters
 

This time I went on the vacations I had it with me in my bag
packed . it was really a relief having a 100 watt voltage convertor , it made
things very easy for me . I was able to use all my appliance by the help of
this convertor. It  comes with two fuses
which makes sure that it doesn’t gets fused .it has a very durable steel body ,
and is built accordingly with European standards. It comes with one year
manufacturer warranty and 30 days money back guarantee. it is even best in
working after long continuous use .  it
is the best thing to take when you are going out of US for vacations.

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110220Volts offers 3 different kinds of voltage transformers: voltage regulators that are step up, step down, and deluxe automatic voltage regulators. Find out what the different types are and help with the buying guide.

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Between 1884 and 1885, Hungarian engineers Zipernowsky, Bláthy and Déri from the Ganz company in Budapest created the efficient “ZBD” closed-core model, which were based on the design by Gaulard and Gibbs. (Gaulard and Gibbs designed just an open core model) They discovered that all former (coreless or open-core) devices were incapable of regulating voltage, and were therefore impracticable. Their joint patent described a transformer with no poles and comprised two versions of it, the “closed-core transformer” and the “shell-core transformer. In the closed-core transformer the iron core is a closed ring around which the two coils are arranged uniformly. In the shell type transformer, the copper induction cables are passed through the core. In both designs, the magnetic flux linking the primary and secondary coils travels (almost entirely) in the iron core, with no intentional path through air. The core consists of iron cables or plates. Based on this invention, it became possible to provide economical and cheap lighting for industry and households.” Zipernowsky, Bláthy and Déri discovered the mathematical formula of transformers: Vs/Vp = Ns/Np. With this formula, transformers became calculable and proportionable. Their patent application made the first use of the word “transformer”, a word that had been coined by Ottó Bláthy. George Westinghouse had bought both Gaulard and Gibbs’ and the “ZBD” patents in 1885. He entrusted William Stanley with the building of a ZBD-type transformer for commercial use. Stanley built the core from interlocking E-shaped iron plates. This design was first used commercially in 1886.

The concept that is the basis of modern transmission using inexpensive step up and step down transformers was first implemented by Westinghouse, Stanley and Franklin Leonard Pope in 1886 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. There were still problems with efficient generators and high voltage transformers. At an AIEE meeting on May 16, 1888, Nikola Tesla delivered a lecture entitled A New System of Alternating Current Motors and Transformers, describing the equipment which allowed efficient generation and use of alternating currents. Westinghouse needed Telsa’s better step up transformer technology and bought patents for it along with the highly efficient and inexpensive polyphase design for AC generators and motors used today. The utter simplicity of polyphase generators and motors meant that besides their efficiency they could be manufactured cheaply, compactly and would required little attention to maintain. Simple economics would drive the expensive, balky and mechanically complex DC dynamos to their ultimate extinction. As it turned out, the deciding factor in the War of Currents was the availability of low cost step up and step down transformers that meant that all customers regardless of their specialized voltage requirements could be served at minimal cost of conversion. This “universal system” is today regarded as one of the most influential innovations for the use of electricity.

High voltage direct current transmission
The case for alternating current was not clear at the turn of the century and high voltage direct current transmission systems were successfully installed without the benefit of transformers. Rene Thury who had spent six months at Edison’s Menlo park facility understood his problem with transmission and was convinced that moving electricity over great distances was possible using direct current. He was familiar with the work of Marcel Deprez, who did early work on high voltage transmission after being inspired by the capability of arc light generators to support lights over great distances. Deprez avoided avoiding transformers by placing generators and loads in series as arc light systems of Charles F. Brush did. Thury developed this idea into the first commercial system for high-voltage DC transmission. Like Brush’s dynamos, current is kept constant, and when increasing load demands more pressure, voltage is increased. The Thury System was successfully used on several DC transmission projects from Hydro generators. The first in 1885 was a low voltage system in Bözingen , and the first high voltage system went into service in 1889 in Genoa, Italy by the Acquedotto de Ferrari-Galliera company. This system transmitted 630 kW at 14 kV DC over a circuit 120 km long. The largest Thury System was the Lyon Moutiers project that was 230 km in length, eventually delivering 20 Megawatts, at 125kV.

Victory for AC
Ultimately, the versatility of the Thury system was hampered the fragility of series distribution, and the lack of a reliable DC conversion technology that would not show up until the 1940s with improvements in mercury arc valves. The AC “universal system” won by force of numbers, proliferating systems with transformers both to couple generators to high-voltage transmission lines, and to connect transmission to local distribution circuits. By a suitable choice of utility frequency, both lighting and motor loads could be served. Rotary converters and later mercury-arc valves and other rectifier equipment allowed DC load to be served by local conversion where needed. Even generating stations and loads using different frequencies could also be interconnected using rotary converters. By using common generating plants for every type of load, important economies of scale were achieved, lower overall capital investment was required, load factor on each plant was increased allowing for higher efficiency, allowing for a lower cost of energy to the consumer and increased overall use of electric power.

By allowing multiple generating plants to be interconnected over a wide area, electricity production cost was reduced. The most efficient available plants could be used to supply the varying loads during the day. Reliability was improved and capital investment cost was reduced, since stand-by generating capacity could be shared over many more customers and a wider geographic area. Remote and low-cost sources of energy, such as hydroelectric power or mine-mouth coal, could be exploited to lower energy production cost.

The first transmission of three-phase alternating current using high voltage took place in 1891 during the international electricity exhibition in Frankfurt. A 25 kV transmission line, approximately 175 kilometers long, connected Lauffen on the Neckar and Frankfurt.

Initially transmission lines were supported by porcelain pin-and-sleeve insulators similar to those used for telegraphs and telephone lines. However, these had a practical limit of 40 kV. In 1907, the invention of the disc insulator by Harold W. Buck of the Niagara Falls Power Corporation and Edward M. Hewlett of General Electric allowed practical insulators of any length to be constructed for higher voltages. The first large scale hydroelectric generators in the USA were installed at Niagara Falls and provided electricity to Buffalo, New York via power transmission lines. A statue of Tesla stands at Niagara Falls today in tribute to his contributions.

: Look Ma! No glasses. Toshiba has announced plans to release its first glasses free 3DTV the REGZA GL1, expected to hit shelves in Japan this month and other cities around the globe in 2011.
Toshiba’s corporate release on the REGZA calls it “the world’s first glasses-less 3DTV specifically designed for personal use,” and says there are two models developed and ready to deliver: a 20-inch 20GL1 and a 12-inch 12GL1. Toshiba first unveiled a prototype of the REGZA at the CEATEC 2010 in Tokyo. The flat screen TV is intended to go on sale to the public and will be available in 12- and 20- inch sizes. Toshiba claims the TV will be able to easily and quickly switch between 2D and 3D modes, which means you don’t have t chuck those 2D discs.
Toshiba is pinning its market expectations on global demand for LCD TV growth from 142 million units in 2009 to 200 million units in 2012. Last spring Toshiba reported sales of 10 million units worldwide, according to company reports. Toshiba is aiming for 1.2 million units in the ASEAN market in 2011.
The current 3DTV is based on active shutter glasses designed to deliver separate images to the left and right eyes. But customer demand is calling for a 3DTV experience that allows viewers to shun the “nerdy” glasses and deliver a free form entertainment option. Toshiba’s REGZA GL1 employs an integral imaging system and a perpendicular lenticular sheet to display smooth, natural images, according to Shigenori Tokumitsu, Toshiba vice president for visual products. Tokumitsu explained. The result is precise rendering of high-quality 3D images whatever the viewing angle is.
“With our 3D technology we are aiming for impressive reality,” said Tokumitsu. “By that we mean 3D TVs that can be viewed without any need for special glasses. This is our solution in pursuit of reality and I am pleased that we have succeeded to be the first in the world to introduce a glasses-free 3D TV,” said Tokumitsu.
The rush to replace the clunky 3D glasses in theaters is also on, and experts anticipate it may take several more years before that technology is in place. Meanwhile big theater chains across the country who have been relying on 3D film sales are struggling to provide top-quality glasses for patrons in order to justify higher ticket sales. Tests in fall of the 3D version of the recently released Harry Potter The Deathly Hollows Part 1 did not prove popular with audiences, and the film was released in 2D instead. Part 2 of the Potter franchise is expected to be released in 3D in summer of 2011.
Toshiba also unveiled a new 3D LED TV series for the ASEAN market along with the so called Power TV series.
According to WorldTVPC.com, the WL700 series of slim LED TVs, that will be available in 46 inch and 55 inch models, was designed with the help of Europe’s Jacob Jensen Design who gave the series a minimalist look that combined glass and metal in a slim 22mm profile and a bezel free screen.
The Toshiba’s TV product family now includes the world’s first LED TV with an integrated battery backup. Made with Third World infrastructure conditions in mind, the model with a standby rechargeable battery should be useful to people living in areas with unreliable power supply, also according to WorldTVPC.com. When fully charged, the TV can run up to two hours on battery.
The Power TV also features an Auto Signal Booster and Auto View. The former helps improve the TV’s signal to improve the reception in areas with weak TV signal, while the latter optimizes picture settings according to ambient lighting condition for a better viewing experience and a lower power consumption.

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One of the less-publicized factors of traveling abroad is the need for voltage converters to account for the differing electrical systems in Europe and Asia. If you’re planning to tote your favorite hair dryer, coffee maker and battery chargers on your overseas trip, you’ll also need to invest in the right voltage regulator and plug adapters to use with your appliances.
Without a voltage regulator, you run the risk of destroying your personal appliances and small electronics when you plug them in—if you can plug them in at all. Most countries have different plug configuration as well as different strengths and frequencies of electricity flowing through the circuits. But that doesn’t mean you have to leave your personal electronics at home, it just means you’ll have to do a little research and bring the right voltage converters and plug adapters along with you. Here’s how to make sure you’ve got the right stuff to run your electrical appliances when you travel.
  1. Check the electrical system and plug type you’ll need for the country or countries you’re planning to visit. There are references available online that list the plug types and voltages for most countries in the world.
  2. If you’re traveling from the U.S., which uses 110 V current, to most EU countries, you’ll need a step down converter in order to use your 110 V appliances with the 220 V electrical systems there.
  3. Purchase a plug adapter that will fit the outlets in the countries where you’ll be traveling. The plug configurations are designated by a letter code – the UK uses a G adapter, for example, while Albania, Italy and Sweden use a C adapter.
  4. Check your electronic device to learn its power requirements. A few, such as many hair dryers, are rated for both 110 and 220 volts. You won’t need a voltage regulator with those, just a plug adapter, but you should be sure that you’ve set the switch to the right type of voltage before plugging it in.
  5. Calculate the amount of wattage your device needs by multiplying the voltage by the amperage – both listed on a label on the device. If your cell phone charger is listed at 110 V and 2 A, for example, it requires 220 watts to run. Make sure that your voltage converter fits the wattage that you need. If it’s rated too low, your appliance won’t work. If it’s too high, you may short out your device.
  6. If you’re using a transformer or voltage converter, plug the device’s power cord into the power socket on the converter. Insert the plug for the converter into the correct plug adapter, and plug the adapter into the wall outlet.
If you travel often, invest in a deluxe automatic voltage regulator, which can handle conversions from 110 V to 220 V and vice versa, instead of a basic voltage converter. A plug adapter kit that includes adapters for use with several different electric plug configurations will save you from having to purchase multiple plugs.
With the explosion of online retailing there are very few things that cannot now be purchased online.  Sites for consumer goods range from the small niche local retailer, to auction sites to big brand online retailers to online malls.  The Internet is a fantastic source for products that are not available in your local are. You can also buy products in bulk and find some fantastic price deals. The purchase of major electrical appliances such as a multisystem TV can also be accomplished online. 
Buying Electrical Products Online
The biggest advantage to buying electrical products online is that you are able to browse at your leisure, visit as many sites you like, and look around for the best deal you can find—all without leaving your home. You’ll be able to compare prices and features easily, both within sites and between sites, and compare household name products and their lesser known counterparts.  You’ll also be able to select from products that may not be within your reach geographically if you were to buy from a store.
Another advantage to buying electrical products online is the array of technical data that’s available. For example, if you’re an electronics engineer who is looking for something to control an alternator, you would be able to find out that the deluxe automatic voltage regulator is better than the standard one or whether or not it will deal with the level of output you are working with. With the Internet you can look up the full range of technical specifications and read user reviews.
Internet shopping also helps when you don’t know exactly what you need. For instance, you might have a passion for a film that is only available as a limited distribution, and you’ve learned that you’ll need a player that can play DVDs from anywhere in the world. By doing a little research, you’ll learn that you’ll need to buy a region code free DVD player.
What are the Potential Pitfalls?
There might be times when seeing a demonstration of a product working is better than reading about it on an internet site. An example might be when you want to compare the picture quality of a Plasma v LCD TV, but that won’t be as important when you’re looking for single function items such as voltage converters.
Some electrical appliances might need to be installed by a qualified engineer, and this might make the purchase a two step process; first buy the product online, and then find a local installer.
No matter which electrical appliance you’re looking for—whether it’s voltage converters or a multi-system TV, you’ll do well to research your options online and then find a good online store to buy from.