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About Voltage Converters / Transformers

1.

How do I choose the right transformer?

2.

What kind of converter do I need for a TV or Monitor?

3.

Can I connect an American 220 Volt dryer to a Transformer?

4.

How to calculate the Wattage of an appliance?

5.

Can I use several appliances on the same transformer?

6.

What is the difference between a voltage converter and a voltage regulator?

7.

The VC transformers have a European plug on the picture, but I want to use them in America...

8.

Shipping Costs...

9.

I have a product that has a UK plug on it, can I connect it to an VC model?

10.

Do voltage converters convert the cycle (Hz)?

11.

What is the Difference between Servo and Relay type voltage regulators?

  

About Power Inverters

1.

What is the difference between 12 volt and 24 volt power inverter?

2.

How long can I run the inverter on my battery?

3.

What is meant by "continuous 2200-watts and peak 5000-watt surge"?

4.

What can a power inverter do and what can I use one for?

5.

Can I operate a microwave with a power inverter?

6.

Shipping Costs...

7.

Do any power inverter above 400 watt include a cigarette lighter adapter?

  

Any other Questions?

 


 

 How do I choose the right transformer? 

On the back of your appliance, you should be able to find a label describing the specification of it. You should see a label describing the Wattage (W) or the Amperage (A) of the appliance. 

Example: If your appliance consumes 80 watts then you need a VC-100 transformer (100 watts capacity) or higher. 

If you want to operate 2 appliances on one transformer. One of them consumes 300 watts and the other 130 watts then you would need a VC-500 (500 watts capacity) or higher.

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 How to calculate the Wattage of an appliance? 

If the label does not specify the wattage, but you know the Amperage (A), 

you can calculate it using the following formula:
Amps (A) * voltage (V) = Watts 

Example: 3 Amps * 220 volt = 660 watts
3 Amps * 110 volt = 330 watts 

  

Wattage Calculator

Type Amps & Voltage of your Appliance 

Amps:

  
Volt:   

   

Wattage:   

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 Can I use several appliances on the same transformer? 

Yes as long as you don't exceed the Wattage capacity of the voltage converter.  A "surge protector" is required. You can find them on this web-site as well. 

Example: If you want to operate 2 appliances on one transformer. One of them consumes 300 watts and the other 130 watts then you would need a VC-500 (500 watts capacity) or higher.

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 Difference between a voltage converter 
and a voltage regulator?
 

A voltage regulator functions as a voltage converter as well as a voltage stabilizer. 

A voltage stabilizer will stabilize the electricity to fixed current.

This unit is usually used in countries where the voltage currency is not stable.

The voltage regulator will stabilize a voltage fluctuation between 
75v-130v to 110v (+- 4%).
The voltage regulator will stabilize a voltage fluctuation between 
180v-260v to 220v (+- 4%)

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 The VC transformers have a European plug on 
the picture, but I want to use them in America...
 

VC model transformers come with a European-to-American plug adapter GS29 (universal input and output of 2 flat pin grounded). 

You can find additional types of "plug adapters" on the web-site. 

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 Shipping Rates for Continental USA and Canada 

Orders will be delivered to you in 2 - 6 business days by FedEx Ground.

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To view the shipping cost of your order:

1. Choose the products you wish to purchase.

2. Click on check out. 

3. Fill in the required information.

4. Click to continue.

5. You will then see your confirmation page with the shipping cost.

6. If you accept the shipping cost, you can then fill in the credit card information and submit your order.

 

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 I have a product that has a UK, Australian or Indian plug on it 
can I connect it to the VC models?
 

To connect your plug onto the voltage converter, you will need to purchase a GS6 plug adapter. 

Then connect your plug to the GS6 and connect the GS6 to the converters output voltage.

 

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 What kind of converter do I need for a TV or Monitor? 

 To connect a television to a converter you must choose a converter more powerful  

that what is indicated at the rear of your TV set, because it creates a surge when it is turned on.

 We would recommend the VC-750 for any TV or Monitor.

 

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 Do voltage converters convert the cycle (Hz)? 

All voltage converters only convert the voltage and not the cycle, however most appliances and electronics will function properly with them.

North American 110120 volt electricity is generated at 60 Hz. (Cycles) Alternating Current. Most foreign 220240 volt electricity is generated at 50 Hz. (Cycles) Alternating Current. This difference in cycles may cause the motor in your 60 Hz. North American appliance to operate slightly slower when used on 50 Hz. foreign electricity. This cycle difference will also cause analog clocks and timing circuits that use Alternating Current as a timing base to keep incorrect time. Most modern  electronic equipment including battery chargers, computers, printers, stereos, tape and CD players, VCR/DVD players, etc. will not be affected by the difference in cycles.

 

 

 

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 What is the difference between Servo and Relay type voltage regulators? 

The Servo type voltage regulators, stabilizes the voltage by adjusting  the transformer to the desired output voltage. This ensures the highest precision in voltage stabilization. The relay type is all done electronically, therefore less precision.

SERVO TYPE

 RELAY TYPE

 

 

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 Do any power inverter above 400 watt include a cigarette lighter adapter? 


No cigarette lighter can handle more than 300 watts, the highest model with a cigarette lighter is the AED400. You can only use up to 300 watts on the cigarette lighter input with the AED400 or up to 400 watts using the cables by connecting directly to the battery.

 

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 Can I connect an American 220 Volt Dryer to a Transformer? 


No you cannot connect an American 220 Volt Dryer to a Transformer. Voltage Transformers are made to convert single phase 110 or 220 volt. American 220 volt consists of 2 phase of 110 volt and European 220 volt consists of 1 phase of 220 volt.

 

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 What is the difference between a 12-Volt and 24-Volt Power Inverter? 


The difference is the type of battery you want to run your power inverter on. Most vehicles run off a 12 volt battery. The 24 volt are generally used in large trucks or industrial motors.

 

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 How long can I run the inverter on my battery? 


To calculate the approximate power drain on your battery you will want to estimate the reserve power ("amp/hour") of the battery, and the amps the inverter will require, to meet the continuous load demands of the appliance.

 

      Battery Capacity

  

   

  
  

Choose your Battery type and 

enter Amps/Hrs of your battery & wattage of your appliance: 

  

   Battery 

Total Hrs:

  

   Amp/Hrs: 

or

  
  Wattage: 

Total Min:

  
         

     

   

  

12 Volt Battery Chart

Inverter

Output

Power

(Watts)

Typical Load

Battery Size

BCI Group Size 22NF 24 27 8D Dual 8D
Reserve Capacity 90 Min 140 Min 180 Min 400 Min 900 Min
Amps-Hrs 50 75 100 200 400

50

Stereo System

Operating Time

9 Hours

14 Hours

20 Hours 40 Hours 80 Hours

100

19" Color TV

Operating Time

4 Hours

6 Hours

10 Hours 20 Hours 40 Hours

200

Computer System

Operating Time

2 Hours

3 Hours

4.5 Hours 10 Hours 20 Hours

300

Blender

Operating Time

1.3 Hours

2.2 Hours

3 Hours 6 Hours 12 Hours

400

Power Drill

Operating Time

1 Hour

1.5 Hours

2 Hours 4.5 Hours 10 Hours

600

Small Coffee Maker

Operating Time

N.R.

N.R.

1 Hours 2.5 Hours 6 Hours

800

Small Microwave

Operating Time

N.R.

N.R.

N.R. 1.5 Hours 4 Hours

1000

Toaster

Operating Time

N.R.

N.R.

N.R. 1 Hour 3 Hours

1500

Full Size Microwave

Operating Time

N.R.

N.R.

N.R. 0.5 Hour 2 Hours

2500

Hair Dryer & Washing Machine

Operating Time

N.R.

N.R.

N.R. 0.2 Hour 0.8 Hours

 

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 What is meant by "continuous 2200-watts and peak 5000-watt surge"? 


Some appliances or tools, such as ones with a motor, require an initial surge of power to start up ("starting load" or "peak load"). Once started, the tool or appliance requires less power to continue to operate ("continuous load")

 

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 What can a power inverter do and what can I use one for? 


A power inverter converts DC power into conventional AC power which can run all kinds of household products such as: kitchen appliances, microwaves, power tools, TVs, radios, computers and more. You just connect the inverter to a battery, and plug your AC devices into the inverter and you've got power on the go.

The power inverter draws its power from a 12 Volt or 24 Volt battery, or several batteries wired in parallel. The battery will need to be recharged as the inverter draws the power out of it. The battery recharges by running the automobile motor, gas generator, solar panels, or wind and not with the power inverter. During blackouts, an inverter can be used for emergency power by use with a car battery with the vehicle running and an extension cord running into the house, where you can then plug in electrical appliances.

 

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 Can I operate a microwave with a power inverter? 


The power rating used with microwave ovens is the "cooking power" which refers to the power being "delivered" to the food being cooked. The actual operating power requirement rating is higher than the cooking power rating (for example, a microwave with "advertised" rating of 600 watts usually corresponds to almost 1100 watts of power consumption). The actual power consumption is usually stated on the back of the microwave. If the operating power requirement cannot be found on the back of the microwave, check the owner's manual or contact the manufacturer.

 

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