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Posted by: Seattlegirl 17.Nov.2010, 09:02 AM

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?!

Posted by: 7 17.Nov.2010, 09:07 AM

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.

Posted by: byke 17.Nov.2010, 09:07 AM

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.

Posted by: Rick Methven 17.Nov.2010, 09:20 AM

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

http://www.taunus-transformatoren.de/transformers/techdata.php4?typ=174%20165%20020

You can buy a lot of 230v kitchen equipment for that

Posted by: Guest 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 electrical. We are just going to sell most of it on ebay =)

Posted by: Furu 17.Nov.2010, 12:55 PM

QUOTE ( @ 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 electrical. We are just going to sell most of it on ebay =)


Were you not aware of voltage difference?

Posted by: Guest 17.Nov.2010, 05:57 PM

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

Posted by: RP10 17.Nov.2010, 10:02 PM

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

Posted by: jrulshaw 6.Apr.2011, 12:28 PM

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...

Posted by: Eddymu 6.Apr.2011, 12:45 PM

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.

Posted by: Eddymu 6.Apr.2011, 12:47 PM

Sorry should have read the whole post first, yeah, doubt these would help you much for a kitchen appliances.

Posted by: Swedesmith 6.Apr.2011, 02:34 PM

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.

Posted by: Rick Methven 6.Apr.2011, 03:26 PM

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

Posted by: Boyfriend 6.Apr.2011, 03:42 PM

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

Posted by: Rick Methven 6.Apr.2011, 03:49 PM

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 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


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

Posted by: Boyfriend 6.Apr.2011, 04:04 PM

My apologize, i did not read him.

Posted by: Swedesmith 6.Apr.2011, 04:08 PM

Yes, the US has 220v circuits. Welders, ovens, electric clothes dryers and some other big appliances require them. They are not 3 phase. That is uncommon in a residence. My uncle brought 3 phase into his little machine shop as he had a 3 phase mill, lathe, etc.

I just used an existing circuit in the garage that was for a welder and replaced the male plug of my Swedish extension cord reel so I could use all my Swedish tools. My wife had some Swedish aestitician (hell if I know how to spell that one!) equipment that required 220, so I joined 2 110v circuits together to create special outlet for her stuff in her downstairs workroom.

So far, no fires!

Posted by: sohail0110 1.Oct.2014, 11:24 AM

Calculate the wattage of your appliances and add 10% more in that and search that on ebay search terms
transformer 220 to 110v amp rating ... i am sure there will be a lot of .
please dont forget to use the O/L protection with that to prevent any damages ,in case of any short .
regards

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