When it comes to traveling or moving across the world, you want to be able to take your favorite appliances with you. However, different countries around the world have different power standards, and you will likely need an international plug adapter or a voltage transformer. How do you find the specific power converter you need?
Follow these steps to determine the right appliance for your needs, or contact a specialist here at ACUPWR! Get in touch by phone, email, or chat, and we’ll help you find the perfect ACUPWR product to make taking your electronics abroad easy.
Step One: Check the Voltage
See if the appliance you want to travel with is single or dual voltage. Dual voltage devices simply require a plug adapter.
Step Two: Determine the Wattage
To find the wattage of your device, look for the number paired with a “W” on the label. This will help you find the right voltage transformer.
For example, if the device is 300 watts, then buy a transformer that is 300 watts. Other companies will say that you should find a transformer with a capacity that is at least one and a half times the wattage your device needs. If you have an appliance rated at 100 watts, then by that logic you should pick a transformer with a maximum power of 150 watts or greater. You don’t need to follow that rule if you choose a voltage transformer you can trust from ACUPWR.
ACUPWR transformers are safe for continuous use at 120 percent of the stated wattage, so you never have to find a power converter that claims to have more wattage than you need.
Step Three: Find the Conversion You Need
If you are bringing your devices to a region with a higher voltage standard than your country, then you will need a step-down voltage transformer to transform the voltage to the lower standard your electronics can use.
If you are bringing your devices to a country with a lower voltage standard than you are used to, then you will need a step-up transformer to increase the voltage to the levels you need.
In the U.S., Canada, and many Caribbean islands, the voltage standard is 110–120 volts. If you’re traveling to another part of the world where the standard is 220–240 volts – the common choice for many countries around the globe – and you plan on taking your American or Canadian appliances with you abroad, then you will need a step-down transformer that converts voltage from 220–240 volts down to 110–120 volts.
Conversely, taking appliances that run on 220–240 volts to the USA or Canada requires a step-up transformer that will convert voltage from 110–120 volts up to 220–240.
It’s important to remember that although the world runs primarily on 220–240 volts and North America uses 110–120 volts, other voltage standards exist. Japan uses 100 volts, for example, while Mexico, Brazil, Suriname, and Curaçao use 127–130 volts. If you’re not sure what voltage your destination country uses, you can look up a list of voltage standards around the world.
Order Your Power Converter from ACUPWR
ACUPWR makes step-up and step-down voltage transformers for use in every country. Explore our collection now, or contact a member of our team to find what you need!
In addition to step-up and step-down transformers, ACUPWR also a manufactures few more specialized devices, including:
Voltage Transformers for Refrigerators, Freezers, and Wine Coolers
We have adapted our step-down ADC and step-up AUC series for use with your big appliances. These models convert voltage and Hertz to the levels you need to use your cooling devices abroad.
Whole-Home Conversion Boxes
You already have all the electronics you need, why replace them just because you want to move abroad? Housed in a hard-wire knockout box, these international power converters can be wired directly to a circuit breaker for whole-home application or connected to a junction box for high-wattage, 220–240 volt appliances.
Find What You Need
If you don’t see the particular model you need, we can personally help you in your search and also make a customized voltage transformer specifically for your needs. Open a .pdf version of our wattage chart and contact a member of the ACUPWR team today to get started!