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Usa Device Repair From Using Uk Voltage

Discussion in 'Troubleshooting and Repair' started by Triiickie, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. Triiickie

    Triiickie

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    Hi

    I am not an electrician and would like to ask the community a question regarding a recently purchased from from the United States.

    I purchased a uSqueez leg massager from the USA:

    http://www.brookstone.com/osim-usqueez-app-controlled-foot-calf-massager

    When returning to the UK, it was plugged via a standard adaptor you can buy (why it would let you do this I really don't know) and when doing so, it work for 3 seconds then a popping sound occurred. I then realised that I needed a step down converter form the USA 110v to the UK 230v. the product was expensive at $299 and it cannot be returned to the USA as it is not covered under warantee.

    Does this mean the product is totally useless now or is there a way I can fix this? Not sure if there may be an internal fuse box I could replace, or request a part from the manufacturer and get an electrician to replace? I really hope a fix is available and any recommneded electicians would be most grateful.

    Any help would be greatly received.
     
  2. duke37

    duke37

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    You will need it looked at by someone who knows. It is often difficult to open the case to see the works.

    If you are lucky, there will be an input fuse, if not so lucky, the transformer may be burned out and if even less lucky, the circuitry could be fried.

    You will not be able to get a part untill you have found the fault(s). A circiut diagram (US schematic) would be a great help.
     
  3. CocaCola

    CocaCola

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    They sell these adapters because many devices are both 110V and 220V compatible without modification... But, a vast majority are not...
     
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