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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?
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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?
 

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

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

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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?
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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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