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Guide to Choosing the right step-down transformer

Please Check these important 5 questions before purchasing your step down transformer:


1. What is the total watts used by appliances to be connected to the Transformer?

Select from our Step downs transformers based on how many watts your device uses. 

Choose the transformer rated above your devices watts usage.

E.g: Playstation 3 uses 380 Watts so you need the 500 watt rated stepdown transformer.


2. Does your appliance have a motor ?

If a motor is included then you should select a stepdown rating approx 25% higher than your motor as a buffer.  

Motors have a higher power use on the stepdowns and startup currents which need to be allowed for.

Most motors have a rating plate on them with their Power and Amperage rating.


3. Does your appliance have a mechanical timing device? 

If so, how critical is this timing device?The Transformer cannot change the Frequency. It is 50Hz

If a timing device is included the speed of the device may change due to the frequency change, 60Hz to 50Hz (eg old clocks, motors / fans/microwaves ) Most modern electronic devices should not be affected. Read more about frequency

How to choose the the right stepdown:

Featuring a Kitchenaid Mixer, Dewalt drill charger & Phillips Lamp:

4. Do you know the Amps of your device? - is so you can calculate the watts required:

Calculated as Watts = Amps x 110Volts  (eg 5 A x 110 V = 550 watts)


5. Do you wish to use multiple appliances from one stepdown?

Check total watts of all devices this must be less than the VA (Watt) rating of the stepdown & get a US Powerboard. 


Still Not sure which Stepdown you will need?  see our detailed guide table at the bottom of this page

You may also  contact us with your reply to above questions & we will advise the unit that is required.

 

Note: Always look at the INPUT POWER rating - often underneath the bottom of your product on a spec label.

 

USA Equipment is identified as 110v, 115v , 120v  (requires a USA stepdown)    

 

Japan 100V (requires a Japan stepdown ) or 110V  


European 220v (requires a Euro stepdown)


Wattage - you need to check the Input Power Rating label on their Product  for the Watts (W) or the Amps (A) figures.If you see the HP (horse power) for a motor multiply it be 746 for watts then add 25% for motor.

See here for answers to other common questions.

Running a 5200 Vitamix on our stepdown:

If you can't find the power details in the manual the most accurate way is to look at the spec label under your USA appliance to identify the Input Watts or Amps:

 

Some examples:

 

Label under the Kitchen aid (or in the manual)

 

Specs at the back of a US Playstation 3 (not slim):


Receivers:

 

On Your Cordless / Fast Charger

look at the power specs on the charger base:

Vitamix - Look at the Amps A behind the machine:

 

Dyson (Look under the Vacuum cleaner):

 

Appliances with power supply units

look at the power supply label Eg: XBOX

The Following is a General Guide to Products and their Power requirements and which Stepdown is needed.

Note: this is A General Guide Only and you should always check your particular device input amps or watts.

Products  Stepdown Transformer commonly needed

NES: 9 watts
Super NES: 10 watts
Nintendo 64: 19 watts
GameCube: 39 watts
Nintendo Wii: 45 watts
PlayStation 3 Slim: 96 watts

Clock radio 4 watts

Phillips Wake up lamp

100w stepdown

Desktop PC 380-600watts
PlayStation 3: 200-380 watts

Playstation 4 2.1A, or 252W maximum.

Xbox 360 Elite (2007): 185 watts
Xbox 360: 187 watts
XBOX 360 - 160 watts
Average PC: 118 watts
DirecTV HR20 DVR: 33 watts
Average plasma: 301 watts
Average LCD (standard): 111 watts
Average LCD (LED): 101 watts
50-56" Plasma television 191-474 watts
50-56" LCD television 210-322 watts
50-56" DLP television 150-206 watts
42" Plasma television 188-464 watts
42" LCD television 91-236 watts
32" LCD television 98-156 watts
19" CRT television 55-90 watts

300- 500w stepdown
Brother Sewing Machines 100w Stepdown
Small electronics  ipods/mobiles etc 50-250watts 100w stepdown
Amplifiers  / Home theatre systems 500-1000w stepdown
Hair Straightners 1000 - 1500w
Hair Dryers 1500- 2000W
Drills - Makita , Dewalt  300 w stepdown (because faster charger draws alot of current)
Nutribullet Pro 900 Series 900W motor

Nutri Bullet NBR-12 600-Watt motor

1500w stepdown

 

1000w stepdown

Laptops and PCs 200-500W 500 w stepdown

KitchenAid Mixers:

 

All Artisans series use the 500w stepdown transformer

 

 

       

 

 

 Most of the professional series need 1000w stepdown transformer 

New Kitchen aid 7 Quart Stand Mixer  series
KSM7990WH   1.3 hp motor (Max 1212) watts

7 Series Quart Mixers need the 1500w stepdown

KitchenAid Food Processors:

KFPM770 KFPM750 KFP0711 KFP1333ER KFPW760OB  KFP0922CU


KSM7990WH  has a 1.3 hp DC motor = 969w + 25% for motor = 1212 watt max - needs 1500w stepdown
 1000w stepdown transformer



1500w stepdown
4-slot Toaster 1440 watts 1500w stepdown

Jiffy Steam mops 2000J Steamers 1500W+(1300w)

1500- 2000W stepdown
Vacuums ~1500 -2000 watts

Dyson:

The Dyson DC39 Allergy uses 11amps - can use 1500w stepdown.

Most other Dyson models consume about 12amps

12 x 110 = 1320 + 25% (motor startup) = max  1650 watts best use the 2000w stepdown

2000w stepdown needed for models :

DC 41 Animal Complete   DC 41 Animal  DC 40 Multi floor  DC 33 Multi floor
DC 28 Animal  DC 25 Multi Floor  DC 24 Animal 12 Amps   DC 24 Multi Floor
2000 W stepdown
Expresso Maker 900- 1400 watts 1000- 1500w stepdown
VitaMix Blenders

All have powerful motors need to add 25% to watts to account for startup surge

Vitamix 5200  11.5 ampsx 110 + 25%  = max 1581 watts

Vitamix 500 Blender Specs: 120Volts, 60HZ, 11.5 Amps = max 1581 watts

VitaMix Pro 750 Specs: 120Volts, 60HZ, 12 Amps = max 1718 watts

Pro 300 120Volts, 60HZ, 12 Amps   = max 1718 watts

Vita-Mix® Professional CIA Series & Pro 200 Blenders 120Volts, 60HZ, 11.5 Amps (~1400 Watts)

Vita Prep 3 new models

(although it says 12.5 amp Not true max power! 3HP motor   3 x 746w = 2238w 

2000W Stepdown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2400W stepdown

Artograph Super Prism Projectors ( 2 bulbs)

Artograph Prism

1000W stepdown
Most treadmills  (up to 15 amps) over 15 amps 2000w stepdown 2400w stepdown

Power tools

Drop saw /circular saws

 

1500- 2000W stepdown