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Moving Overseas? Voltage Converters Can Save You Money

If you're getting ready to make a permanent overseas move, it's important to consider voltage differences. Without the right voltage converters or transformers and other accessories, you might have to replace all or most of your electrical gadgets and appliances! It's much cheaper to buy step up and down voltage converters or transformers, so here are some tips to help you find what you need.

Write a list of all your electrical plug-in items. Make a note of the voltage requirements for each. This information can usually be found on the labels and/or cords on most items. Then call ahead to the realtor or landlord to find out which voltage is used in the place where you will move. Whether it's an apartment, condominium, or house, the voltage for the outlets should match those of your appliances and electronics. If not, then you'll likely need to purchase voltage transformers or converters for each product.

*Example: If you own 110-volt toaster, but the voltage in your destination country is 220 volts, then you'll need a voltage converter that turns the power of that outlet into 110 volts so your toaster will work. The same goes for DVD players and televisions, washers/dryers, microwaves, some air conditioning window units, tabletop grills, coffee makers, irons, etc.

Transformers are generally used with electrical products that operate with a circuit or chip, such as appliances, radios and some rechargers. Converters work only with electronics that don't require a chip/circuit.

What about Foreign Plugs?

Even if you luck up and discover that the country where you're moving uses the same voltage as your appliances, there's another concern to address - plugs. Even with the same type of voltage, the plugs are often very different in other countries. Thankfully, you can still keep your appliances by buying plug adapters for the country where you're moving. There are various styles of plugs, universal multi-outlet power strips, phone adapters, and even airline and auto DC power regulated adapters. If buying online, search by country or region for the plug adapters you need.

Multisystem LCD Plasma and LED TVs

Perhaps with your upcoming move, you're planning to treat yourself and your family to a brand new television or home theater. This is a great plan for moving to a new place, but be cautious if buying a television locally BEFORE the move. It will likely not work when you arrive. There's not only a voltage concern, but also the coding of the television itself. That's why it's a good idea to buy a multisystem LCD plasma or LED TV that is certain to work where you're going.

These types of TVs are designed to receive and display all analog television broadcasts following NTSC-PAL-SE CAM standards around the world. These are available from various brands in many price ranges, including Panasonic, Sharp, Samsung, Toshiba, Sanyo, Hitachi and more. You can also find code free DVD players and recorders, DVD/VCR combos and home theaters that are region free.

Shop online to find the best deals and a variety of voltage converters and transformers, plug adapters and more for your moving needs. It's not every day that someone moves to a foreign land; preparation is the key to saving money and enjoying your move overall!

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