ACUPWR Tru-Watts™ Refrigeration/Freezer/Cooler Device Transformers Versus Regular Transformers
Can I Use Any Voltage Transformer for My Refrigerator, Freezer, or Cooler Appliance?
The fact that this article exists should indicate the answer: No.
Refrigerators and cooling equipment are beholden to another, lesser-known factor in the electrical equation: AC line frequency. As defined in our blog article AC Line Frequency Explained, "AC power moves in sine wave-like fashion, alternating between positive and negative poles. Each positive-to-negative cycle finds electrons moving back and forth, positive (+) and negative (-) at the rate of 60 or 50 cycles per second, as measured in Hertz (Hz). Countries with 110-120 voltage have an AC frequency of 60 Hz, while most 220-240-volt countries have 50 Hz of AC. These frequency cycles create electrical heat or power dissipation, and if there is enough current (amps) and force (voltage) produced to meet the demands of an electrical device, that device will work."
With appliances such as refrigerators, wine coolers, freezers, and washers/dryers, there's an "X" factor that comes via the dependence on large motors that make these devices work. Motors built for 50 Hz electricity must be used with 50 Hz electricity. The same is true for 60 Hz motors. When used with the incorrect AC frequency they will perform inefficiently and eventually burn out along with the appliance's electronic components. For example, using a refrigerator rated for 60 Hz through a 50 Hz electrical line will result in the motor running faster and less efficiently. The opposite holds true when using a 50 Hz motor with 60 Hz electricity. Both situations can lower the lifespan of your appliance, sometimes drastically.
ACUPWR Tru-Watts™ AUC and ADC models are specially designed for use with large motors and appliances that use them. They convert voltage from 110-120 volts to 220-240 volts and from 220-240 volts to 110-120 volts, respectively. Uniquely the AC frequency dilemma is resolved by the AUC and ADC models supplying additional or reduced power, respectively, that allows large motors to turn at the precise revolutions per minute (RPMs) that they were intended for. The motor behaves as it would if the AC frequency was precise, thus preventing inefficient operation and burnout.
When you’re ready to buy a refrigerator voltage transformer, remember that ACUPWR builds the best available, manufactured here in the USA using premium components and engineering standards. All of our transformers come with a lifetime warranty and exceptional customer service and technical support.
There’s a basic rule to keep in mind when searching for the right refrigeration voltage transformer model. Simply put, the bigger your refrigerator (as measured by cubic feet of interior space), the more wattage the unit will require.
ACUPWR offers the AUC and ADC models in six wattage sizes listed below. Additionally, here's a listing of refrigerators/coolers/freezers in cubic feet and the wattage they will require.
- ADC-550 Step Down 220-240 volts to 110-120 volts and AUC-550 Step Up 110-120 volts to 220-240 volts Step Up models for 550 watts/VAs and refrigerators up to 15 cubic feet.
- ADC-750 Step Down 220-240 volts to 110-120 volts and AUC-750 Step Up 110-120 volts to 220-240 volts Step Up models for 750 watts/VAs and refrigerators up to 17 cubic feet.
- ADC-850 Step Down 220-240 volts to 110-120 volts and AUC-850 Step Up 110-120 volts to 220-240 volts Step Up models for 850 watts/VAs and refrigerators up to 20 cubic feet.
- ADC-1000 Step Down 220-240 volts to 110-120 volts and AUC-1000 Step Up 110-120 volts to 220-240 volts Step Up models for 1000 watts/VAs and refrigerators up to 25 cubic feet.
- ADC-1500 Step Down 220-240 volts to 110-120 volts and AUC-1500 Step Up 110-120 volts to 220-240 volts Step Up models for 1500 watts/VAs and refrigerators up to 30 cubic feet.
- ADC-2000 Step Down 220-240 volts to 110-120 volts and AUC-2000 Step Up 110-120 volts to 220-240 volts Step Up models for 2000 watts/VAs and refrigerators up to 35 cubic feet.