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COF 09-10-2007 07:15 PM

Using hair straightner with transformer...
 
I brought some GHDs in the US without thinking, (should have brought in the UK, even just the straightener is much cheaper). Anyway, I have a transformer that converts 110v to 220 and 100 watt, that I've used for a games console, but some have told me using a hair straightner with a transformer is still not a good idea. Will it not work as well? Or does it still run the risk of burning out even with a converter? The straightener is 20-25 watts, whether that is at it's normal running condition, or whether that's its maximum I don't know.

Thanks

elkangorito 09-10-2007 07:59 PM

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Originally Posted by COF (Post 62315)
I brought some GHDs in the US without thinking, (should have brought in the UK, even just the straightener is much cheaper). Anyway, I have a transformer that converts 110v to 220 and 100 watt, that I've used for a games console, but some have told me using a hair straightner with a transformer is still not a good idea. Will it not work as well? Or does it still run the risk of burning out even with a converter? The straightener is 20-25 watts, whether that is at it's normal running condition, or whether that's its maximum I don't know.

Thanks

What is the supply frequency of where you intend to use it? 50 Hz or 60 Hz? What is the rated operating frequency of the hair straightener?

COF 09-10-2007 08:20 PM

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Originally Posted by elkangorito (Post 62323)
What is the supply frequency of where you intend to use it? 50 Hz or 60 Hz? What is the rated operating frequency of the hair straightener?

The frequency of the supply I assume would be the standard 50Hz used in Europe, it's just a standard UK powerpoint. In looking through the manuel, it doesn't say anything about it opporating at 50Hz, so I can only assuming it's designed to opporate at 60Hz. Does the cycles make a huge amount of difference?

elkangorito 09-10-2007 08:35 PM

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Originally Posted by COF (Post 62328)
The frequency of the supply I assume would be the standard 50Hz used in Europe, it's just a standard UK powerpoint. In looking through the manuel, it doesn't say anything about it opporating at 50Hz, so I can only assuming it's designed to opporate at 60Hz. Does the cycles make a huge amount of difference?


Assuming that;
a] the device is designed for 60 Hz,
b] you will be using it on a 50 Hz supply,
c] the device is inductive (uses a coil of wire as the heating element),

it may run a little warmer than normal, which may cause some damage to it over time.


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