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Name: Joe Mcdonnell
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posted November 23, 2002 at 02:44 PM       Edit/Delete Message
I have a hair dryer with the following:
120/240v 60Hz 1850 watts. Will I need a converter if I travel to Paris ow will the adaptor work. I have a curling iron with 120/240v 50/60Hz and 85 watts. Will I need a convert for that? Tell me what will happen when the hz is only 50 and the hair dryer needs 60hz. If I don't need a converter for the hari dryer, will it work even though it needs 1850 watts?

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Name: Wayne Foster
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posted November 23, 2002 at 04:00 PM       Edit/Delete Message
You dont need a converter you need an adaptor from 120v american to 220v europe usely these will have two round prongs sticking out with a place to plug in the appliance I had one come with a computer case once and all I had to do was change the switch on the power supply for 220.
you will have no problem with these types of appliance's the motors in them are of the brush type and can even run on DC current so the 50/60 doesn't matter but what does is the fact that the hair dryer pulls 1875 watts so the adaptor must be able to handle this load and since the hair drier has a switch on it to change it to 240 volts the the adaptor doesn't need a transformer to drop the voltage to 120 volts so the adaptor is just a small recptical that you plug the appliance in to and has two round prongs to plug into the europe style recptical. remember that you must change the switch to the 220v position before you plug it in.

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