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Hossenfeffer 01-15-2013 10:48 AM

Can 240V kettle be used in N. Am 115V ?
Looking at purchasing a unit that heats water with the usual immersed coil-thingy, but it is designed to be used in the Middle East on 240 V service. Seller says it has been used in the U.S. with an adapter.
Does such and adapter really exist? I can't imagine it would permit full heating power. Adapters surely work the other way around...permitting 115V appliances to be usde on stepped down on 240V service?

Seattle2k 01-15-2013 11:51 AM

There are adapters, though it will likely take twice as long to heat the water.

DannyT 01-15-2013 12:51 PM

i would check with the manufacturer and see if 115 volt heating element is available for the unit. pictures would help. why not run it on 240?

joecaption 01-15-2013 12:53 PM

Or run a new dedacated line and breaker to run just that.

Toller 01-15-2013 09:00 PM


Originally Posted by Seattle2k (Post 1094025)
There are adapters, though it will likely take twice as long to heat the water.

4X. P=V**2/R
I needed space in my panel box, so I ran a 240 baseboard heater on 120v. It got warm, which was all I needed.

I am sure there are step up transformers available, but they would cost more than a 120v kettle and probably require more than a 20a outlet.

oh'mike 01-16-2013 08:37 AM

Why buy one that doesn't work without jury rigging it?

Look for one that is already wired for 110---

Am I missing something here?

joecaption 01-16-2013 09:43 AM

I do not think your missing anything, it just sounds like someone who does not how these work and how bad an idea it is.
If the O/P could tell us what there really trying to do with this thing I'm sure someone could come up with a better safe way to do it.

Duckweather 01-16-2013 09:58 AM

I had a 240v compressor that I had to find power for on jobs. I had a short extension cord adapter that went to dryer or electric stove outlet.

Duckweather 01-16-2013 10:12 AM

Just read that again. You have to check one other thing. Many countries use a different cycle too. I know Germany used to use 50 cycle 220 volt.

danpik 01-16-2013 03:02 PM

It is also most likely a single wire 240 unit and not a 2 wire 240 like we are accustomed to here in the states

Duckweather 01-17-2013 08:03 AM

Also check to see if there is a switch that says 120 / 240 on it somewhere

rjniles 01-17-2013 09:04 AM

A heating device designed to work on 220-240 will only use 25% power when connected to 120 volts. It will take forever to heat.

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