7-Piece Converter Kit for Appliances 50-1800 Watts Reviews

7-Piece Converter Kit for Appliances 50-1800 Watts

7-Piece Converter Kit for Appliances 50-1800 Watts. A must-have for every world traveler! 1 dual-watt converter with 6 adapter plugs Lets you use U.S. 110/120-volt appliances in 220/240-volt outlets worldwide Low and high settings Works in over 150 countires worldwide Includes travel case with color-coded map that shows which adapter to use Use your appliances worldwide. Includes one dual-watt converter with six separate adapter plugs – bring the whole kit or only what you need. Low setting (up

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  1. NLee the Engineer says:
    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Know the limitations of this ‘Converter Kit’ and don’t get burned, April 8, 2013
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    This review is from: 7-Piece Converter Kit for Appliances 50-1800 Watts (Electronics)

    This product (7-Piece Converter Kit for Appliances 50-1800 Watts) is actually two different converters built into one package. At LOW setting, it uses a small AC transformer to convert 220V sinusoidal waveform into 110V sinusoidal waveform. This is the preferred approach which works well for any low-power electronic appliance. One obvious limitation is that the appliance’s power consumption must be under 50W (most laptop computer’s AC adapters are rated for 90W or higher, by the way). If you connect a higher-power appliance to this converter, the transformer’s iron core will become saturated. This results in runaway input current, which may then cause smoke or even fire.

    At HIGH (1800 Watt) setting, the converter simply uses an electronic switch to ‘chop’ the 220V sinusoidal input voltage into smaller segments, such that the average power delivered to output load is reduced. This is the same principle used by most incandescent lamp dimmers. It works reasonably well for simple HEATING appliances, such as travel irons or hair dryers. But if you try to power any electronic appliance that is rated for 110V-only at this setting, the high-voltage stress will likely cause the appliance to break down and burn out within seconds!

    This is not to say that this product is completely useless, only that you have to be EXTREMELY careful about what you can plug in at each setting. Unfortunately, some appliances fall into the grey area between ‘heating’ and ‘electronic’. For example, most people will classify a curling iron (hair straightener) as a heating appliance. Yet it contains electronic circuit and its power consumption is higher than 50W, which means neither high nor low settings can be used.

    The good news is that most portable electronics (such as chargers for cameras, cell phones, laptops, etc) are already designed to handle universal input voltage. Check the AC adapter of your appliance to make sure. If it says “Input: 100 – 240V AC”, then you don’t have to use a voltage converter at all. All you need is a set of adapter plugs (such as the inexpensive Travel Smart Polarized Adapter Plug 5 Piece Set), which allows you to physically plug into AC outlets in other countries, and you are good to go.

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  2. Brad Geddes says:
    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Caught on Fire after 2 days of use, October 4, 2009
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    Brad Geddes
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    This review is from: 7-Piece Converter Kit for Appliances 50-1800 Watts (Electronics)

    I bought this in Toronto to use for my trip to Germany at a Brookstone store. The 2nd day I had it (and it was being used properly) it started smoking, caught fire (inside the device), melted part of the cover, and tripped all the circuits in my hotel room causing the maintenance people to have to track down my hotel room’s circuit system in their basement; and I didn’t have power for several hours.

    As I bought it at the Toronto airport and could not find my receipt, Brookstone will not take it back nor refund my money.

    Don’t buy this product unless you want to start a fire.

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  3. Angela says:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    A little cheaper than expected, January 1, 2013
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    Shipped on time.

    Plastic storage box does not close all the way, making for iffy storage in my luggage.

    You can probably find better for cheaper.

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