convert from 110v to 220v

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by iepaul, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. iepaul

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    Hi,

    I was sent a cupcake maker from America as a gift. To use it in Europe it needs to be converted to 220v. I opened it and it appears that the mains cable goes directly on to the heater plates.

    Is there anyway this can be converted or is it not worth the effort? It is rated at 1400 watts so a 110v/220v converter would be expensive.

    http://thebabycakesshop.com/cc-22

    Thanks.
     
  2. tmd_63

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    If there is only a heater involved you could get a 240V/110V transformer and wire a mains cable to the 240V side, then the 110V to the appliance.
    But make sure it is rated to the current power.
    And do not forget the earth needs to be connected.
     
  3. t06afre

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    It should be a plate under it telling how watt it uses. Sad to say such transformers are somewhat expensive then high currents are needed.
     
  4. MrChips

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    As you stated, a 1400W 110/220V transformer would be expensive.
    I would say put it aside and gift it to someone else that has 110V service.
     
  5. t06afre

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    If your CC-22 has none electronic parts, but only a heater element some lamps and a mechanical thermostat. You may get away with a cheaper solution.
     
  6. Dodgydave

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    If its just a simple resistive element, you could use a dimmer controller that would be able to give out 12amps at 110Volts= 1400W.....
     
  7. crutschow

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    What is the normal mains current limit for standard outlets in 220V service?
     
  8. ifixit

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    Hi,

    No, it cannot be converted, it is not safe, or worth the effort to use an external converter.

    I like the suggestion of giving it to someone that can use it as is.

    Regards,
    Ifixit
     
  9. panic mode

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  10. Dodgydave

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    UK socket power outlets are rated at 32amps
     
  11. paulktreg

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    Are they?

    Does BS1363 not state 13A per socket outlet?
     
  12. Dodgydave

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    yes the socket itself is limited to 13amp, only because of the fuse in the plug, but the supply from the fusebox is rated at 32amp.
     
  13. paulktreg

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    The ring main may be rated for 32A but a single socket outlet is rated for a maximum of 13A.
     
  14. bountyhunter

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    When we lived in Germany we have dozens of the small box converter transformers to run all our stuff like irons, hair dryer, radio, etc. I don't think they are all that expensive.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/SEVEN-STAR-...ravel_Adapters_Converters&hash=item2c6919776b
     
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2012
  15. ramancini8

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    Buy a second cupcake maker and wire the two in series. This allows you to use the full mains voltage of 220V, and get twice as much work done at the same time.
     
  16. John P

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    If it has "heater plates" which are wired in parallel, then maybe you could rewire them in series (assuming that there are 2 or 4 or 6 of them). Otherwise perhaps you could just put a great big diode in series with the power line, so the device would only get half-wave power.
     
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