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Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by [email protected], Apr 9, 2005.

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  1. Guest

    My wife moved here from the UK... she brought with her a unit called a
    "hostess trolley" it is used to keep food warm before serving. She
    loves it but it's a 220/240 volt unit.

    We've tried running it with a converter and that didn't work.

    We've re-wired it for a 220 volt US plug and that didn't work.

    So, it must be a problem with 60 / 50 hertz.

    Anybody have an idea about what else we could try to make it work in
    the States?

  2. CJT

    CJT Guest

    Describe the failure mode. If it's merely a thermostat & heater,
    a simple converter should work. If there's a motor in it (e.g. a
    clock), the motor might run at the wrong speed.

    Are you sure the converter was of sufficient capacity? A heater
    can take a lot of power, and trip protection circuits in the
    Presumably you plugged it in to a 220 volt single phase source? Did it
    fail the same way? Are you sure you wired it correctly?
    Usually the transition this direction is easier, because 60 Hz requires
    less iron in transformers, which is the real issue in many (most?) cases.
    It's possible the device has circuitry specifically designed to
    preclude that, but unlikely.
  3. NSM

    NSM Guest

    Nope, just voltage. AFAIK there's no motors etc in those. You have 220 in
    your home - it's just a matter of providing it where you need it for the
    trolley. It's already in your kitchen - all those twin outlets have 220 from
    hot to hot.
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