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Swiss Gear Dual Wattage Converter, Black, One Size

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Size: One Size
Color: Black
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  • Plastic
  • Imported
  • Hand wash
  • Round prong pins fit most outlets in continental europe
  • Dual-wattage converter changes 220vac electricity to 110vac making standard us, canadian and mexican appliances usable abroad
  • Application: 51-1875 watt appliances including most travel irons, hair dryers and garment steamers...plus appliances up to 50 watts, including most travel curling irons, shavers and contact lens sterilizers
  • Replacement fuses included

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Product Description

Choose your converter setting: hi setting – for appliances from 51-1875 watts: most travel irons, hair dryers, garment steamer low setting – for small electrical appliances up to 50 watts: most curling irons, shavers, contact lens sterilizers

  • ASIN: B004MKMHFK
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.7 x 2.9 inches; 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Item model number: WJ1193BK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #809,011 in Clothing (See Top 100 in Clothing)
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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    This Swiss Gear Dual Wattage Converter actually consists of two converters inside, as selected by the red LO/HI switch in front.

    At the 'LO' (50 Watt) setting, the converter uses an AC transformer to convert 220V sinusoidal voltage input to 110V sinusoidal voltage output. For low-power electronic appliances (such as battery chargers or portable DVD players) that are rated for 110V AC only, this is the safest way to operate them while traveling to other countries with 220V AC lines. One obvious limitation is that the appliance's power consumption must be under 50 watts (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 the 'HI' (1875 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. However, 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'.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Picky User on April 12, 2013
    Size: One SizeColor: Black
    I purchased this at the airport on my way to Korea to use with my hair straightener and curling iron. All of my other electronics (i.e. cell phone, camera, laptop) have a charger that is rated for 110-240 power input so I only needed a plug adapter for those.

    The problem with this converter is that it's bulky and it doesn't fit into Korean outlets, which are sunken into the wall. Because of the design of the outlets, this converter simply will not plug into the outlet because the prongs just don't reach long enough to get into the outlet since the bulky weight of the adapter blocks it from getting any closer. Therefore, it was a complete waste of money for me.
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    2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Crane on April 30, 2014
    This wattage converter does not fit into any of the outlets in France. Totally useless to me on my 10 day trip! It is also heavy!
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    0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Rubin on July 6, 2014
    Size: One SizeColor: Black Verified Purchase
    My Swiss Grat Dual Wattage Convertor is well made, easy to use, and the answer to my European travel needs.
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    0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By david on January 8, 2015
    Size: One SizeColor: Black Verified Purchase
    thanks
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