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  1. SammyZee56

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm new here. I'm sure my level of electronics understanding is quite lower than many of you out there so I hope you can answer my question.

    I bought an electric grill for my dorm room and it just came but it is taking forever to heat up and I don't think that it will ever get as hot as it is supposed to. It is rated at 220V and 1200W and it is plugged into a power strip into a 120v wall outlet. Is there anything i can do (120v-220v converter or something like that) to get this thing to work to its fullest potential or even just to it's intended specifications?

    Thanks,

    Sam
     
  2. jackorocko

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    So I take it you have no way to get 220V in your dorm room? Any heavy duty appliances around with a 4 prong plug?
     
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  3. SammyZee56

    SammyZee56

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    I don't think so. Can one buy a converter or something like that? and if not, what would the repercussions of having an outlet that is lower voltage than the device?
     
  4. jackorocko

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    1. Yes
    2. If the stove is purely resistive in nature, then not a whole lot.
     
  5. (*steve*)

    (*steve*) ¡sǝpodᴉʇuɐ ǝɥʇ ɹɐǝɥd Moderator

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    If the element can produce 1200W at 220V, it will produce around 300W as 110V.

    So it will take many times longer to heat up, possibly never reaching a useful temperature.

    A step-up transformer would work, but finding one rated for 1200W might be a big ask.
     
  6. jackorocko

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  7. BobK

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    The real question is why did you buy a 220V appliance when your mains are 120V?

    Bob
     
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