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Old 11-04-2019, 03:44 PM
 
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I just bought a new 100 watt transformer that was delivered today to my home. I need to plug in my european 230V cd player(once i receive it) into it to convert it to 110V as i plug in transformer into 110V wall socket. My cd player was not delivered to my home yet so i decided to test the converter with a 110V hair dryer that blew the fuse in this transformer right away. I seem to be confused as to how you select the input voltage of this converter(transformer). I can select the input voltage switch of this converter to either 110V or 220V. I imagine it must be switched to 110V since the wall sockets in canada/usa are 110V, is this correct? At the opposite end of this converter there are 2 sockets, 1 socket is for a canadian/usa plug that shows 110V under it and other socket is for a european/uk plug that shows 220V under it. So i plugged in my 110V hair dryer into the canada/usa 110V socket and it blew the fuse, why?

When my european 220V cd player arrives, i imagine the voltage input of the converter must remain at 110V and i must plug the european 230V plug into the european socket, is this all correct or will it blow a fuse again? Maby this transformer is defective? Im afraid to do another test as it may blow a new fuse i just put it.

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Old 11-04-2019, 03:57 PM
 
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hair dryers are 1000 watts or more..that why fuse blew
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Old 11-04-2019, 04:08 PM
 
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OK IM EMBARRESSED TO SAY, it was a mistake to test this transformer with a 1500 watt hair dryer since it only gandles 100 watts, OOPS, sometimes i screw things up, but i still want to make sure when my european 230V cd player arrives, must the voltage input of this transformer be at 1110V as i plug in the european 230V plug into the 220V, i imagine so.
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Old 11-04-2019, 04:13 PM
 
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hair dryers are 1000 watts or more..that why fuse blew
I just posted that above, im embarressed, but since the wall sockets in canada/usa are 110V i imagine the input voltage switch of this transformer must be set at 110V as i plug the 230V european cd player into the european socket? Yes i believe so if im correct. I got worried up since that fuse blew but wow that was my silly mistake. Sometimes my mind goes hay wire- get it? wire.
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Old 11-04-2019, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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I believe it's likely that you'll find that "transformer" is used to plug into a European 230volt 50Hz outlet while you are on vacation in Europe, to convert it to 110volts 60Hz for our equipment you'd take with you over THERE.

It doesn't likely work backwards to allow OUR 110volt 60Hz outlet to put out 230volt 50Hz for a imported 230volt cd player.

If you can, post a link to the transformer that you bought, so we can try to figure out what's what.
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Old 11-04-2019, 09:28 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Did you buy this, OP?
https://www.amazon.com/VCT-VT-100GS-.../dp/B000NNGMJC

You probably need this: (MAYBE - depending on the Hz)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EBC5HSS...pa_dk_detail_1
or at least this: (which is superior quality)
https://www.amazon.com/3000W-Transfo...197633-9305248

The cost of that is most likely higher than the cost of a CD player you would buy in the US.

Max: 5000 Watt for 30 minutes of use.
For continuous use: 2500W. Make sure you multiply x2 the wattage of your item and get a transformer bigger than that.

Note: a voltage converter does NOT change the frequency, in other words, what goes in is what comes out, either 50 Hz or 60Hz.
Europe operates at 50 Hz. American frequency is 60 Hz. Even if you change the voltage from 220 to 110 (easy to do) the frequency difference can have serious effects on many devices, from faulty operation to destruction.

What kind of CD player will you get from Europe?
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Old 11-05-2019, 07:18 AM
 
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The cost of that is most likely higher than the cost of a CD player you would buy in the US.

Europe used a different format for analog called PAL including the DVD's, if you want to view one you need PAL compatible equipment. There is another issue called region coding that only allows the DVD to be played on hardware with same region coding, even if you could find PAL DVD player marketed to US customers it may not play it because it's different region.



Note to the OP in case you are unaware, you'll also need PAL compatible TV. I'm not up on the compatibility with modern equipment but if the DVD player has HDMI output then I see no reason it shouldn't work with modern TV sold here in the US because it would be software issue. However if it only has RCA it's probably not going work because it would be hardware issue.
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Old 11-05-2019, 09:43 AM
 
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Bzzzt!


Pop!
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Old 11-06-2019, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Europe used a different format for analog called PAL including the DVD's
CD's Coalman. CD's.
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Old 11-09-2019, 06:21 AM
 
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CD's Coalman. CD's.

Someone edited their post or my post, I never make mistakes.


None of this makes sense then, just go buy a CD player.
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