Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




59 posts

Master Geek


# 143629 21-Apr-2014 21:32
Send private message

Hi There, 
I recently ordered a USA appliance from eBay, do I need a USA to NZ adapter?
If so where can I get them - direct link is appreciated!

Thanks!

Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2
5066 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  # 1028750 21-Apr-2014 21:35
Send private message

What kind of appliance is it?




Whatifthespacekeyhadneverbeeninvented?




59 posts

Master Geek


  # 1028752 21-Apr-2014 21:37
Send private message

DarthKermit: What kind of appliance is it?


Coffee machine, Nescafe Dolce Gusto.

 
 
 
 


5650 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1028754 21-Apr-2014 21:40
Send private message

What are it's power requirements?



59 posts

Master Geek


  # 1028757 21-Apr-2014 21:44
Send private message
5587 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1028763 21-Apr-2014 21:49
Send private message

The illustration shows a US 110 Volt power plug.
Did you buy a 220 volt appliance?
If not you will need a 110/220 Volt transformer which may cost you more than the appliance.




Sideface


1088 posts

Uber Geek

Subscriber

  # 1028772 21-Apr-2014 21:55
Send private message

alexanderu:
DarthKermit: What kind of appliance is it?


Coffee machine, Nescafe Dolce Gusto.


OK, legally on all appliances must be
Voltage Rating
Frequency
Current (or wattage).

Unfortunately the USA is a pain in the butt, they generally make appliances "110v only" for the US Market, where as products made for international markets are often 115/230v.

Also, stuff with motors and transformers can also be an issue because of the 50/60 Hz difference. The 50Hz generally means that motors spin at a lower RPM and they therefore draw more current (due to lower reverse EMF generated) and can overheat.

You may also find that "parts" are different , e.g. elements to stop people buying cheap from the USA, importing  and upgrading to 230V.





59 posts

Master Geek


  # 1028774 21-Apr-2014 21:55
Send private message

Are you 100% sure about this? yell

 
 
 
 




59 posts

Master Geek


  # 1028775 21-Apr-2014 21:56
One person supports this post
Send private message

So basically I can't use it.  Damit.

What happens if I do?

5587 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1028778 21-Apr-2014 22:01
Send private message

alexanderu: So basically I can't use it.  Damit.

What happens if I do?

Bang! Smoke. Lights out.




Sideface




59 posts

Master Geek


  # 1028784 21-Apr-2014 22:03
Send private message

So this voltage doesn't work in NZ?  

Voltage 120V, 60Hz
Wattage 1500W

5587 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1028789 21-Apr-2014 22:07
Send private message

alexanderu: So this voltage doesn't work in NZ?  

Voltage 120V, 60Hz
Wattage 1500W

Absolutely not.
You would need to to buy a large, ugly, and expensive step-down transformer to run it.




Sideface




59 posts

Master Geek


  # 1028791 21-Apr-2014 22:10
Send private message

adrkl;l;l;l;l;l;l;l;l;l;sjlgfjk;ksgjfaeroiueu

Thanks.

Cloud Guru
4060 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Snowflake
Subscriber

  # 1028795 21-Apr-2014 22:16
Send private message

this is what you need.... http://www.trademe.co.nz/electronics-photography/other-electronics/adaptors-chargers/auction-718148614.htm   only $160 second hand and ugly as sin.  general rule of thumb is never buy appliances from US.  Laptops and cameras typically come with 240v/120v power options as you travel globally with them, but everything else - nope. 

2404 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  # 1028796 21-Apr-2014 22:16
One person supports this post
Send private message

A NZ one is $99 from countdown...  http://shop.countdown.co.nz/shop/ProductDetails?Stockcode=769498&name=nescafe-dolce-gusto-coffee-machine-automatic

Better to just throw the one you got from Ebay out when you get it and buy a NZ new one as a 230V -> 110V transformer which can do 1500W will cost a lot more than the Coffee Machine itself!


 



3885 posts

Uber Geek

Subscriber

  # 1028800 21-Apr-2014 22:20

Short answer, yes you will definitely need an adaptor. And you will probably need a step down transformer as well. As guessing that it will be designed for American 110V only. Unlike things like laptop power supplies which will work on almost any voltage.

And depending on how much power it draws you will need a big (and expensive) stepdown transformer. Also the lower mains frequency in NZ can cause problems as well. Since NZ is 50Hz and USA is 60Hz. This will cause some types of electric motor to run slower than normal. It can also cause some types of electric motors and transformers to overheat. And if the appliance has an inbuilt clock then it might run slow as well. (won't keep correct time).

http://www.jaycar.co.nz/productView.asp?ID=MF1086&w=mf+1086&form=KEYWORD

Even this transformer may not be powerful enough to run a coffee machine. Since that one can output 8.6A But US sockets are rated at 15A.

 1 | 2
Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Vodafone integrates eSIM into device and wearable roadmap
Posted 17-Jan-2020 09:45


Do you need this camera app? Group investigates privacy implications
Posted 16-Jan-2020 03:30


JBL launches headphones range designed for gaming
Posted 13-Jan-2020 09:59


Withings introduces ScanWatch wearable combining ECG and sleep apnea detection
Posted 9-Jan-2020 18:34


NZ Police releases public app
Posted 8-Jan-2020 11:43


Suunto 7 combine sports and smart features on new smartwatch generation
Posted 7-Jan-2020 16:06


Intel brings innovation with technology spanning the cloud, network, edge and PC
Posted 7-Jan-2020 15:54


AMD announces high performance desktop and ultrathin laptop processors
Posted 7-Jan-2020 15:42


AMD unveils four new desktop and mobile GPUs including AMD Radeon RX 5600
Posted 7-Jan-2020 15:32


Consolidation in video streaming market with Spark selling Lightbox to Sky
Posted 19-Dec-2019 09:09


Intel introduces cryogenic control chip to enable quantum computers
Posted 10-Dec-2019 21:32


Vodafone 5G service live in four cities
Posted 10-Dec-2019 08:30


Samsung Galaxy Fold now available in New Zealand
Posted 6-Dec-2019 00:01


NZ company oDocs awarded US$ 100,000 Dubai World Expo grant
Posted 5-Dec-2019 16:00


New Zealand Rugby Selects AWS-Powered Analytics for Deeper Game Insights
Posted 5-Dec-2019 11:33



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.