Quick Reference Guide to Voltage Converters
Voltage converters are usually purchased in the form of devices that allow appliances made for voltage in one region to work in a region with a different voltage. Voltage converters are sometimes referred to as "travel adapters" and "power converters." Most electrical outlets in the world supply power at 100-120 Volts or 210-240 Volts. If you live in a region with 110V electricity and move or travel to a region with 220V electricity, you'll need a voltage converter to be able to use your home devices in the new region.
What Do Step Up and Down Voltage Converter Transformers Do?
Step up and down voltage converters are very versatile. Suppose you have a 110V device that you want to use in a country that uses 220V supply. You will need a step down converter to step the 220V down so that it won't fry your 110V appliance. And if you have a 220V device you want to use in a country that has 110V supply, you'll need a step up voltage converter to step the voltage up to where it will operate the 220V appliance. Step up and down voltage converter transformers are devices that can step appliances up or down. These are handy for people who travel frequently to regions with different mains voltages.
Why Good Voltage Converters Are Heavy
Voltage converters and voltage transformers require many features to safely and effectively control and distribute voltage. Although lightweight metals like aluminum can be used in transformer coils, heavy copper is a better choice. Copper coils increase transformer efficiency and reduce the amount of heat generated, so these devices may be heavier than you would expect. However, they are worth it because they last longer and cost less (in terms of electricity) to operate.
Final Considerations for Selecting the Correct Voltage Converter
You may visit a country, like Vietnam or Brazil, where dual voltage exists. In these places, you may be able to use your 110V devices or 220V devices. However, buying a voltage converter is recommended, since dual voltage is not always available everywhere throughout countries that offer it. Be certain that the voltage converter you buy can handle more than the wattage of the equipment you will need to use. Using a converter that can handle twice the wattage of the device you plan to use it with is wise. Using an underpowered voltage converter can cause heat buildup and make your appliances shut down altogether.
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