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7-Piece Converter Kit for Appliances 50-1800 Watts


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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Brookstone

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.2 x 4.8 inches ; 7.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • ASIN: B001GZMH9K
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,838 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 5, 2003

Product Description

7-Piece Converter Kit for Appliances 50-1800 Watts. A must-have for every world traveler! 1 dual-watt converter with 6 adapter plugs Lets you use U.S. 110/120-volt appliances in 220/240-volt outlets worldwide Low and high settings Works in over 150 countires worldwide Includes travel case with color-coded map that shows which adapter to use Use your appliances worldwide. Includes one dual-watt converter with six separate adapter plugsGCobring the whole kit or only what you need. Low setting (up to 50 watts) is perfect for most electric shavers, battery chargers and curling irons. High setting (up to 1800 watts) is compatible with most hair dryers, travel steamers and irons. Important: For small appliances and chargers only. Always check your appliance's wattage requirement and your destination's voltage standard to ensure compatibility. Converts powerGCoand changes plug shape. This comprehensive kit does both, making it easy to use your travel appliances in over 150 countries worldwide. Works in the following locations: Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, China, South America, Caribbean and Japan. Caution: Not for use with computers, stereos, TVs, DVD players and massagers.

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This product (7-Piece Converter Kit for Appliances 50-1800 Watts) is actually two different converters built into one package. At LOW setting, it uses a small AC transformer to convert 220V sinusoidal waveform into 110V sinusoidal waveform. This is the preferred approach which works well for any low-power electronic appliance. One obvious limitation is that the appliance's power consumption must be under 50W (most laptop computer's AC adapters are rated for 90W or higher, by the way). If you connect a higher-power appliance to this converter, the transformer's iron core will become saturated. This results in runaway input current, which may then cause smoke or even fire.

At HIGH (1800 Watt) setting, the converter simply uses an electronic switch to 'chop' the 220V sinusoidal input voltage into smaller segments, such that the average power delivered to output load is reduced. This is the same principle used by most incandescent lamp dimmers. It works reasonably well for simple HEATING appliances, such as travel irons or hair dryers. But if you try to power any electronic appliance that is rated for 110V-only at this setting, the high-voltage stress will likely cause the appliance to break down and burn out within seconds!

This is not to say that this product is completely useless, only that you have to be EXTREMELY careful about what you can plug in at each setting. Unfortunately, some appliances fall into the grey area between 'heating' and 'electronic'. For example, most people will classify a curling iron (hair straightener) as a heating appliance.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brad Geddes on October 4, 2009
I bought this in Toronto to use for my trip to Germany at a Brookstone store. The 2nd day I had it (and it was being used properly) it started smoking, caught fire (inside the device), melted part of the cover, and tripped all the circuits in my hotel room causing the maintenance people to have to track down my hotel room's circuit system in their basement; and I didn't have power for several hours.

As I bought it at the Toronto airport and could not find my receipt, Brookstone will not take it back nor refund my money.

Don't buy this product unless you want to start a fire.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By elena on September 23, 2010
This adapter is great for world travelers because it has adapters for every region in the world and even includes a map of where that adapter should be used. It also includes the (clunky) converter to convert higher voltages in other countries to be used with our lower voltage appliances in the U.S. I used this converter/adapter for months while I was on an extended trip in London and Paris and all over Germany/Austria. It worked like a charm and never had any issues. A word of warning though, I wouldn't attempt to use the adapter without the converter, some of my friends bought less expensive adapters minus a converter and burned out their appliances, having to replace their items in the process.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela on January 1, 2013
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Shipped on time.

Plastic storage box does not close all the way, making for iffy storage in my luggage.

You can probably find better for cheaper.
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