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    <h2> <strong>Electricity Converters and Transformers</strong></h2> If you’re traveling with certain devices, such as older hair dryers and irons, you may also need a voltage converter or transformer.<br /> The world runs on two types of electricity: 110/125V or 220/240V. North American devices run on 110/125V electricity while the majority of the world runs on 220/240V. Converters and transformers change the voltage of electricity to match the voltage of your device.<br /> <h3> <strong>How to Determine if You Need a Transformer or Converter</strong></h3> The label on your device will help determine if a voltage converter or transformer is necessary. This label may be: a) affixed directly to the back of the device; b) on the AC transformer box of the power supply lead; or c) molded into the plastic on the plug. It is often in very small print.<br /> The INPUT line contains the key information—whether the voltage (V) is single, dual or multi.<br /> <strong>Single-voltage</strong> items have a small voltage range (such as 100–120V). These small ranges are designed to accommodate voltage fluctuations only and will not accommodate a 220V power supply. Single-voltage devices include older appliances, such as hair dryers and irons.<br /> <strong>Dual-voltage</strong> devices use a slash to separate the 2 voltages. Example: 120V/240V. Common dual-voltage devices include newer hair dryers, electric shavers and toothbrushes, irons, coffee makers and tea kettles. These do not require a transformer or converter.<br /> <strong>Multi-voltage</strong> items use a dash to indicate the range of voltages. Example: 100–240V. Common multi-voltage devices include laptops, e-readers, tablets, smartphones, cell phones, MP3 players, cameras and battery chargers. These do not require a transformer or converter.<br /> <h3> <strong>Converter or Transformer?</strong></h3> Single-voltage <strong>electrical</strong> devices (ones that use heating elements or mechanical motors) can use a converter or a transformer.<br /> Single-voltage <strong>electronic</strong> devices (ones that use chips, circuits or electronic motors) require a transformer.<br /> Good news: Many converters operate as both a converter for high-watt electrical devices <strong>and</strong> a transformer for low-watt electronic devices.<br /> Watts (W) is the amount of power a device uses. Low watts range up to 25W or 50W, depending on the converter. This would be typical of small personal electronics. Electrical heating units will require a “high” setting as they may consume 1000W to 2000W.<br /> Make sure to check the product specifications on your devices and make certain that your converter is rated for the specified power.<br /> <h3> <strong>Device Conversion Chart</strong></h3> If your device is rated for a single voltage (such as 110V), and this is different than the power supply at your destination (such as 220V), you will need a voltage converter or transformer.<br /> <table border="1" style="width:527px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width:155px;"> <strong>Device and Type of Voltage (INPUT)</strong></td> <td style="width:167px;"> <strong>Power Supply in Destination Country</strong></td> <td style="width:96px;"> <strong>Converter Needed?</strong></td> <td style="width:108px;"> <strong>Transformer Needed?</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:155px;"> <strong>Electrical</strong>, single: 110, 115, 120, 125V</td> <td style="width:167px;"> 220, 230, 240V</td> <td style="width:96px;"> Yes, or a transformer</td> <td style="width:108px;"> Yes, or a converter</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:155px;"> <strong>Electronic</strong>, single: 110, 115, 120, 125V</td> <td style="width:167px;"> 220, 230, 240V</td> <td style="width:96px;"> No</td> <td style="width:108px;"> Yes</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3>  </h3>  <br /> <p style="text-align: right;"> JimLin<br /> 2017-05-05<br /> <br />  </p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color:#fff0f5;"><span style="background-color:#f00;"> Disclaimer: This article comes from individual, KRECO has the right of final interpretation. </span></span></p>