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What to do with these American electronics?

Electronics in Sweden

Seattlegirl
post 17.Nov.2010, 09:02 AM
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I made the mistake of bringing over some of my favorite kitchen electronics from America (electric griddle, Kitchen Aid mixer, etc) with hopes of finding a way to use them here in Sweden. I have asked around TV and Radio stores and a local electrician without any luck. One suggestions has been to get a big transformer, but I haven't been able to find one.

I'm hoping somebody has done this successfully and can help shed some light on a possible solution for me?!
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007
post 17.Nov.2010, 09:07 AM
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Location: Stockholm
Joined: 2.Apr.2006

i've never found the transformers here in sweden so fastest, easiest is to get someone in the US to send you one or two

make sure you get the right one for the wattage your appliances require. the most common one is for up to 50watts which is good for small appliances, radios etc, but larger kitchen appliances can be several thousand (afraid to give a number here, but 2400-ish rings a bell). your appliances specify which wattage they have.
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byke
post 17.Nov.2010, 09:07 AM
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Location: Europe
Joined: 28.Oct.2008

I was going to import a kitchen aid from the states, but the size of transformer needed was incredibly expensive, unavailable in sweden (mail order from the uk), and ridiculously sized (like having a car battery attached to your plug). Personally I wouldn't bother for such items that have large motors.
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Rick Methven
post 17.Nov.2010, 09:20 AM
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Location: Linköping
Joined: 30.Nov.2005

In the UK I had a 110v GE fridge freezer that I bought a 1.5 kw transformer for.

It was oil filled for cooling and weighed 15kg, luckily I got it very cheap from a US serviceman returning to the States. They are avialble to buy in Germany as there are still US military personel who need them, but you are looking at around 2,000 kr plus for a heavy duty one. plus there is the extra power consumption of the transformer to consider.

Edit: cost is €400 plus moms - around 4750kr

Portable transformer 2000 VA, 230 V / 110 V, IP44

You can buy a lot of 230v kitchen equipment for that
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Darwinder
post 17.Nov.2010, 12:51 PM
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Joined: 12.Jun.2010

The same kind of happened to me when I shipped all my belongings from Canada over here to Sweden and I realized quickly I have no use of a Canadian vaccuum haha due to the electrical. We are just going to sell most of it on ebay =)
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Furu
post 17.Nov.2010, 12:55 PM
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Joined: 16.Jan.2008

QUOTE (Darwinder @ 17.Nov.2010, 12:51 PM) *
The same kind of happened to me when I shipped all my belongings from Canada over here to Sweden and I realized quickly I have no use of a Canadian vaccuum haha due to the ele ... (show full quote)


Were you not aware of voltage difference?
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Darwinder
post 17.Nov.2010, 05:57 PM
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Yah of course, but I had my family ship everything over from our storage so we didn't really think about it to be honest, more of just throw everything from my parents storage into boxes and ship it all together. No big deal really, just a few things, helps me build up my feedback on Ebay anyways tongue.gif
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RP10
post 17.Nov.2010, 10:02 PM
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Joined: 27.Jul.2010

Check out this company in Sigtuna.

At my last job, we bought Sweden to US transforners when selling equipment to North America. Not sure if they have US to Sweden but give it a go. They have heavy duty plus standard I think for household appliances.

http://www.tufvassons.se/pages.aspx?r_id=35636
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jrulshaw
post 6.Apr.2011, 12:28 PM
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Joined: 6.Apr.2011

Hello!

I had the same problem when I moved here nearly 15 years ago. Now, all of my electronics are Swedish so I am looking to sell what you need.

I have two Step-down transfomers that you need to run all of your electronics. I was forced to buy them in the States on my first trip back and they were EXPENSIVE. They work with all electronic things that come from the US and Canada and convert (or step down) the voltage/wattage from the European standard (220/240) US standard (110/120). I think that I paid at least about $150 each for them, but would sell them to you for 500:- for each or 800:.- for both. I can send a photo of them to you if you want...
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Eddymu
post 6.Apr.2011, 12:45 PM
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Location: Stockholm
Joined: 14.Nov.2007

Clas Ohlson have them 110v transformers:
http://www.clasohlson.se/Product/Product.aspx?id=161252989

Might not be good for really heavy-duty items but I hve a couple of them for a WHDMI system I purchased from the US and they work fine.
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Eddymu
post 6.Apr.2011, 12:47 PM
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Location: Stockholm
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Sorry should have read the whole post first, yeah, doubt these would help you much for a kitchen appliances.
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Swedesmith
post 6.Apr.2011, 02:34 PM
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Joined: 11.Dec.2009

But, I must add that if you travel the other way (from Sweden to the US) a lot of your electrical stuff will work with some minor re-wiring. All of my power tools work just fine. I just changed the male end of my Swedish extension cord to fit a 220v circuit in my garage and I just plug my Swedish tools into that. Works great. My Swedish 220v drill has a lot more torque than the wimpy American 110v models.
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Rick Methven
post 6.Apr.2011, 03:26 PM
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Location: Linköping
Joined: 30.Nov.2005

Is that using 3 phase power to double the US 110V standard.?

I never heard 220v outlet in the US

You learn something new everyday
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Boyfriend
post 6.Apr.2011, 03:42 PM
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Joined: 16.Oct.2010

Rick you learn everyday, Specially if you read my comments Kidding wink.gif

I guess the SmithSwed had the battery chargers or laptop chargers which can handle INPUT of 100-240v coz Most of electronic devices are these days designed to handle the INPUT 100 240V. So the difference is the connector wall connector or socket. Most of the hotels have converter and connectors. in case you might need just ask them smile.gif
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Rick Methven
post 6.Apr.2011, 03:49 PM
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Location: Linköping
Joined: 30.Nov.2005

QUOTE (Boyfriend @ 6.Apr.2011, 04:42 PM) *
I guess the SmithSwed had the battery chargers or laptop chargers which can handle INPUT of 100-240v coz Most of electronic devices are these days designed to handle the ... (show full quote)


Read what Swedsmith wrote


QUOTE (Swedesmith @ 6.Apr.2011, 03:34 PM) *
I just changed the male end of my Swedish extension cord to fit a 220v circuit in my garage


He plugs it in to a 220v circuit and its a drill not a power adapter
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