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RCA International Voltage Converter Adapter Travel Kit

by Hitech

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  • RCA AH280 converts 220/240V foreign electricity to 110/ 220V high wattage travel appliance
  • Allows you to use your appliance anywhere in the world
  • Kit includes one 1600 watt converter with built in adapters
  • 1600 watt converter is designed for travel irons, hair dryers, coffee makers, etc..
  • Can be used in Europe,Australia, New Zealand, America, Carribean, Africa, Asia, Middle East

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • ASIN: B000GGMKJW
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 23, 2006

Product Description

The travel converter kit has built in adaptor plugs so that 110/120V appliances (50-1600 watts) can operate overseas. Kit includes : 1600 watt converter (50-1600W) changes foreign 220V/240V into domestic 110/220V and the converter has built in adapter plugs. It makes electrical appliance compatible for multinational use. Only compatible with appliance of 50-1600 watt. This 1600 watt converter cannot use with TV sets, Hi-Fi equipment, computers, VCR's typewriters, slide projectors, etc. Will not work with DC (direct current), should not use with transformer operated equipment.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By NLee the Engineer HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on April 14, 2008
To actually convert a 220V sinusoidal waveform into a 110V sinusoidal waveform, you need to use an AC transformer. This method is safe for all low-power appliances. For higher power, however, the AC transformer required is bulky and heavy (around 20 pounds for 1000W), making it impractical as a travel voltage converter.

This item offered here (RCA International Voltage Converter Adapter Travel Kit) does not contain an AC transformer. Instead, it uses a solid-state switch inside that chops off part of the 220V sinusoidal waveform. The resulted waveform, as seen by the appliance, is highly distorted and is far from an 110V sinusoidal voltage.

The product description says: "1600 watt converter is designed for travel irons, hair dryers, coffee makers, etc..". Notice that it can only be used with simply HEATING appliances, which work irregardless of distorted voltage waveform. If you try to use any electronic appliance (such as DVD player, computer or battery charger) on this "converter", it will probably be fried in an instant!

My advise is to stay away from this potentially destructive product. If you must bring electronic appliances with your oversea trips, make sure they are rated for universal voltage of 100-240V AC. That way, you can safely use them in other countries without the need for a volatge converter. Power supplies for most portable electronics (laptop, camcorder, cell-phone, electric shavers, etc.) are already designed for universal voltage, although some of them may require you to physically flip a voltage-selection switch.

But don't forget, even if you don't need a voltage converter, you still must bring a set of plug adapters for foreign countries.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Judy Bowers on January 9, 2007
This was a good product, easy to use, light weight. A little bulky but it is a converter. It worked right up to the moment I fried it by using a device that had more power needs then the converter could handle.
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I thought this unit was a toy. I felt it was very lightweight in build and it did not work at all for me in Israel. I tried everything and every configuration I could think of, it just simply didn't work.
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