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It depends. If they are multiple voltage 110-220v appliances (such as most computer power supplies are) they obviously can be, taking special care to check if a switch has to be flipped to use the other voltage. If they are 220v-only devices, you need some sort of a converter to use them. That can be for instance a 110v/220v transformer, but if WILL be bulky and heavy as hell, and available for relatively small power only. Or you might use an electronic 110v/220v power converter, if you can find one, which might be considerably lighter and possibly available for higher power, but it probably won't be that cheap either. If the appliance is a fairly generic one, buying a new 110v model is probably the easiest and cheapest way to do it. It should be noted that a lightbulb- or heating-element-type appliance should still work with the smaller voltage, just weaker, as opposed to the reverse situation of supplying 220v to a 110v device, which would certainly burn out. It is however rather pointless to try to do it, and HIGHLY NOT RECOMMENDED.
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Can a 240 volt appliance use 110 volt?

No ... there isn't enough current (amperes) to properly power up a 240v appliance on 110v. Besides, the plug configurations are completely different..

How is 110 volts and 220 volts measured?

With a voltmeter. Keep volt meter terminal on phase and neutral wire and it will show the exact volatage

Can a 220 volt appliance work on 110 volt circuit?

A 220 volt appliance should not be plugged into a 110 outlet. At best, it won't work. At worst, it will break. It is possible to run some appliances on 110 volt circuits by means of special adapters. However, this is only works well with devices that use little electricity. Anything larger than a coffeemaker should not be run this way. The adapters tend to overheat and may cause fires. They may also be illegal in your area or disallowed by fire codes. Most larger appliances are dual voltage. This means they have the ability to run on either 100 or 220 and have a selector switch for this purpose somewhere in the vicinity of the power cord. This is true for most computers and office electronics. To be sure check the manual or ask the manufacturer. If you really need to run a 220 volt appliance, check with an electrician, you may be able to get a 220 circuit installed in your house fairly easily. This would be the best and safest way.

Why some countries are using 220 volts and other are using 110 volts?

That is history and politics.. Scroll down to related links and look at "World map for voltage and frequency".

What is the advantage of using 110 volts over 220 volts?

it hurts less when you get electricuted? Other than that, not much - just depends on what you're trying to run off of that power supply. 110 volts grid requires bigger number of smaller size of step-down transformers. Smaller transformers can be placed on a poles. 220 volt transformers are significantly bigger and heavier so they cannot reside on poles and need to be setup on the ground or inside of a building. This is why you will never see pole transformers in Europe 220 volts require thiner wires, less current and smaller number of transformers.

What happens when a 2A 220 volt appliance is plugged into a 110 volt?

Not much of anything. The 220 volt appliance needs just that ... 220 volts in order to run. If it runs at all, it certainly would not be running at anywhere near peak efficiency.

Which countries use 110 volts?

The United States is one country that uses 110 volts. Also, Mexicoand Canada are also other countries that use 110 volts.

Why is house electricity 220 Volts in most countrys and 110 Volts in the USA?

Primarily, it comes down to the split between 120 V versus 240 V in North American and European countries, respectively, and 60Hz/50Hz.. similarly.. The voltage differences are usually considered on two factors. One, 120 V is considered safer (lower voltage, lower risk of electrical shock, and therefore, electrocution), and filaments for incandescent light bulbs are sturdier, and more rugged in 120 V appliances; and, again, it was how American came up (after D.C./A.C. current wars..). Two, 240 V requires a lesser (generally insignificantly different) current to do the same as 120 V at a slightly higher current. Again, these reasons are primarily historical or insignificant save for safety. Japan and a few other countries use 120 V as well.. Now, a thing about voltages -- there's tolerances. In most countries where they use 240 V, it's nearly 20% +/-, with a maximum drop of up to 25% -- considering that's up to 50 V or more, it's a pretty significant margin of error, and appliances have to work within these boundaries Varies by country, county, state, city even, by a significant amount, but these are common ones.. In the USA, 15% is usually the maximum tolerance, with a maximum initial drop of 17%. Where I live, it's actually only 5%, with a maximum drop of 7.25%. It's most commonly between 5 and 12 per cent. . 60Hz/50Hz is purely historical. In the USA, Westinghouse developed generation systems that ran at, you guessed it, 60 Hz; due to the size (monopoly?) of Westinghouse's operations, 60 Hz became standard in North American continent, and converting to 50 Hz doesn't really yield any improvements. 50 Hz is primarily due to the Germans using it, and, similarly to Westinghouse being the primary generator of power, it became de facto standard in Germany, and spread for compatibility reasons (remember, America is actually pretty huge compared to European countries), and on and on and on.. Scroll down to related links and look at "Map of the world coloured by voltage and frequency - Wikipedia".

Can you use 110 volt wire on 220 volt current?

Yes you can, but your wire will overheat and it may melt or cause a fire. edited : this is not even a correct question. You must reword your question. This is like asking if I cut open an orange can i eat a piece of apple?

How do you run 110 volt appliance in 220 volt?

It depends on the appliance you are wanting to use. Most modern charging units for things like mobile phones, computers, electric shavers etc. etc. are rated to work at both voltages so you could use them quite safely. To find out if they are rated look on the body of the charger unit and it will tell you there.. For items not duel rated then use a transformer, to directly connect the 110v to 220v could be very dangerous to you and will almost certainly damage the appliance.

220 volt circuit to 110 volt?

I am in Manila and would like to make 1 220 volt receptacle into a 110 volt receptacle thanks

Can you use an appliance on a 110 volts when it requires 120 volts?

Some appliances, like air conditioners and clothes dryers require about twice as much electricity as most other devices, and require their own 220V supply of electricity.. Your appliance will not work with only half the amount of electricity it needs. I recommend calling an electrician and having him install the appropriate plug.

Can you use a 300 volt cord with 110 220 or 480 volts?

The voltage rating of the cord is actually an insulation rating of the wire in the cord set. Your cord has a maximum voltage rating of 300 volts or less. The other standard maximum voltage cord ratings are 600 volts and 1000 volts. 480 volts would drop into the category of 600 volts or less.

Can 110 volts appliance being used in the UK?

Only if you're interested in meeting British firemen! Wall voltage in Europe (and most of the world outside of North America) is DOUBLE and will quickly destroy anything not designed for it, sometimes spectacularly. To be clear, the answer is: ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!

Does a pool pump on 220 volts use the same amount of energy as a 110 volt?

Assuming it is also rated for 120V., yes. The wattage doesn't change with an increase or decrease in voltage. However, the current draw does. When you double the voltage a load is hooked up to, the Amperage draw (current) drops in half.. Example: if a 240 volt heater draws 6 amps, it will draw 12 amps if connected to 120V. If a 120V heater draws 15 amps, it will draw only 7.5 amps when connected to 240V.. But power, or wattage stays the same, regardless. And this is what is used to calculate energy usage and therefore, cost.. Please note the above answer says "if it is also rated for"

If 220 volt appliances consume half the power of 110 volt appliances why aren't refrigerators being sold in the USA with 220 volts?

True, 220 volt appliances consume less energy than 110 volt ones, but in order to use them in the US, you would need to convert them to 110 voltage. This is a less efficient use of energy. Plus, 220 volt appliances are a more risky because people can get seriously injured if they get shocked from them.

Is it acceptable to use a 240 volt recepticle with a 110 volt appliance?

No, it is not you will burn up any 110 rated item in a 240 volt outlet

Can a 110 volt appliance work on 220 volt circuit?

No, not directly. A 110V appliance plugged into a 220V circuit will likely burn up. There are adapters that can lower the voltage, but they are not recommended for extended use and might be against local fire codes.

Can you convert 110 volt to 220 volt?

yes, you would have to replace the single poll breaker with a 2 poll of the same trip rating. I use the word carefully often as a reminder, the circuit breaker panel is hot. If you have the luxury of turning off the main breaker, do so. It also assumed you have room for a 2 pole breaker. Tools you will need; Flat head and/or Philips screwdriver, test light or meter, red electrical tape and wire cutters/strippers. . With the cover carefully removed, locate the existing single poll circuit in your panel. . shut breaker off, verify with test light or meter. . Remove black wire from breaker and carefully trace back to where the wire comes into the panel. This will help you locate the paired white wire . . Carefully remove the white wire from the neutral buss. Note: Leave the green ground wire where it is. All circuits must be grounded regardless of voltage! . Using the red electrical (trace) tape, run a few turns of tape over the white insulation jacket to signify line 2 or another hot wire. White always represent neutral, red represents hot as does black. Note: You should repeat the trace tape step at the other end of this wire for safety. . Neatly and carefully move new red trace wire to breaker location and pair with black. . Carefully remove existing breaker by prying the breaker up from opposite side of the screws, towards the direction of the screws. . Carefully stab down new 2 pole breaker by first installing the foot (below the screws) of the breaker in the shoe or tab. Then carefully push the other end down over the buss bars. Note: the breaker must be in the off position. you'll get zapped other wise. . install black wire in top screw and red trace wire in bottom screw, or match any existing 2 pole breakers in your panel. Tighten, but do not over tighten screws. . Close up the panel flip the breaker as long as the other side is buttoned up and good luck.

Can you put 220 volts onto a 110 to 12 volt transformer from the US?

No you shouldn't. Doubling the voltage will double the current through the device. This in your case will apply 24volt to the device connected to the downconverter and will burn it out.

Can you wire a 220 volt appliance on a 220 volt circuit using 110 romex?

First understand rolmex is not rated by voltage, there is no 110 V only rolmex. You might be referring to rolmex that has only two conductors (black & white) and a bare ground wire. Most 220 V "appliances" require two hot wires, a neutral and a ground. Check the hook up on your appliance. If it does require a neutral, then you need three conductor with ground wire. The important thing here is that you use the right size or gauge wire. The wire must be able to carry the appliances required amperage.. Again, check the wiring hook up on your appliance and then check the amperage required. Then go to the hardware store, etc. and buy the correct size (gauge), and number of conductors in the wire. Tell the clerk in the electrical dept. exactly what your supplying power to and they'll likely get you the right wire.

Can you use any 220 volt adaptor on a 110 volt appliance?

No. 220V adaptor can't control the output voltage, 110V appliance will be fry. Use instrument transformer or voltage regulator instead.

Why USA uses 110 and Europe uses 220 volts?

More tradition than anything else but using 220 reduces the size of power transformers required and the size of copper wire needed in motors and appliances since currents in 220 circuits are half that of a 110 circuit for the same power used. The drawback is that the 220 volt is more dangerous especially around water. Americans use 110v for safety purpose

Can a 110 volt appliance work on 220 volt in Philippines?

1) Possible... You can buy a converter in any electrical supplies store. Plug in your appliance(s) in this converter then plug the converter into your 220V outlet. 2) Most of the Automatic Voltage Regulator has a 110V outlet. Plug in your appliance in this outlet and plug in the AVR in the 220V outlet. Hope I help you

Why do western country uses 110 volts instead of 220 volts?

Europe uses 220/240 volts, USA and Canada use 110/120 volts. The lower voltage is less dangerous if you touch a live wire.

What happens if you use a 110 volt appliance in UK?

You have to understand some basic electrical principles..voltage is best under stood as pressure{as in water pressure}but not water of cause.110volt has less pressure than 240volts.manufactures gauge their appliances to work with 240 volts. 110volts this conversly is less pressure so that items will not work as it should or not work at all.. If the suppliers of electricity allow more or less than 240volts into the local grid this again alters the way appliances electrical shower for example will give a greater kw output..hotter shower, if the voltage is more that 240volts, the manufactures build in a tollerence and a cutout, so this doesnt harm your shower...using the formulae amps=watts/volts is useful to find out the difference how many amps you end up with regarding the voltage you use. A 240 volts incandecent lamp{those with filaments}will work but will offer a dim light..electronic type lamps whose operating voltage is stated on the side of that item 240 will not work.. Clear as Mud.I hope not...

Can you use 110 volt to run 220 motor?

A 220v motor uses two 120v legs. But for your question, no, because it needs another 120v wire to run.

Can you plug 110 115 or 120 volt appliances into a 220 or 240 volt outlet?

NO! Check the rating on the device and if it says 120V only don't ever dare plug into 240V. Depending on the appliance the results will either be lots of sparks, large flashes or other undesirable side effects. Another engineer's opinion That answer above is for USA, Canada and other countries which use the 60Hz electrical service standard, for appliances which were designed to run only on that voltage and nothing higher. If this question is asking about using 110V to 120V appliances plugged into sockets elsewhere in the world which use the 50Hz 230 to 240V electrical service standard - such as Europe, Australia and many other countries - then the answer is not necessarily NO . Providing you use the correct type of plug adapter to suit the sockets in each country you visit, if the appliance was designed to run on 110V to 240V services, then the answer is YES . There are many personal electrical and electronic appliances which were designed to run on voltages within a wide range such as 110 to 240 volts! Just a few examples are: electric razors, hair dryers, battery chargers for digital cameras, mp3 players, etc. IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE Such multi-voltage small appliances should never be used on the 220 to 240 volt outlets in USA or Canada or other countries which use the 60Hz electrical service standard. Such 220 to 240V outlets are intended for use only by large appliances, such as water heaters, clothes washing machines and dryers, cooking ranges, etc. Such 220 to 240V outlets are quite different in size to 110 to 120V outlets anyway and no adapters should ever be used to try to use those kinds of portable small appliances on 220 to 240V 60Hz. It may be illegal to do so in some countries or states because: . correct size lower voltage 110 to 120V outlets are available to be used and . if one of those small appliances gets a fault, the circuit breakers protecting a 220 to 240V branch circuit probably won't trip to break the current, which could result in enough flames to start a house fire.

Outlets in other countries are different for instance 220 volts compared to our 110 volts What would someone need to do before using an appliance there?

In my workshop we use 110 volt tools on 240 volt power with a step down transformer you can also us a step up transformer or a convertor plug (sometimes) generally it is easier to step down in volts than step up.

How do you convert from 480 volt to 220 volt or 110 volt?

AC voltage conversions are usually done with transformers. Most commonly, a 3 phase 277/480v system is transformed to a 3 phase 120/208v system. You can, however transform to anything you like with the proper transformer. If you are trying to convert 480v single phase to 240v single phase, such as for home use, then ask for that type transformer. It would use only 2 phases of the 3 phase system. Using 2 phases is called single phase and there are reasons for this that are beyond the scope of this answer. 220v and 110v are field measurements of what is considered 240v and 120v when ordering equipment or applying code.

Can 110 volts appliances be used in a 220 volts country?

Not without a voltage adapter to change the 220 volts into the voltage the appliance needs.

What will do less damage plugging a 110 volt appliance into a 220 volt circuit or plugging a 220 volt appliance into a 110 volt circuit?

It obviously depends greatly on the device, but in general, plugging a 110V device into a 220V unit will do more damage. Plugging a 220V device into 110V service in some devices will cause it to run slower, in some devices it will run at the appropriate speed, but will draw more amps and run hotter in which case it could be damaged if left un-checked. In many cases, plugging a 110V appliance into a 220V source will just cause it to fail immediately (fry a circuit board, blow a fuse, burst a capacitor etc).

Is it safe to use a 250V appliance with a 220 volt service?

Shouldn't be a problem. The 250V is likely a maximum rating and it is designed for 220-240 V service. Just make sure the current draw is less than the circuit breaker rating. Another Answer If you are referring to a European residential service, then you should be aware that the nominal voltage is 230 V, not 220 V, and there are no such things as 250-V appliances. An appliance's rated voltage will always match the nominal voltage of the supply they are designed to operate from. But you should be aware that 230 V is a 'nominal', or 'named', value -the actual value is allowed to increase by 10% -in other words, it can be up to 23 V higher than its nominal value. This means that you can expect a 230-V supply to vary up to 253 V.

Can you use 110 volt printer with 220 volt?

You need a step down voltage transformer that converts 220 volt to 110 volt to use a 110 volt printer with 220 volt. You can get good quality transformers at East West International in Houston, TX. If you order online or over the phone, they can ship it to you in 2-3 business days.

How do you use 110 heater to 220 volts supply?

You don't. The heater will operate over its given specified wattage. A 120 volt heater run off of 240 volt will have an output increase. Ohms law stated that current is directly proportional to the applied voltage and inversely proportional to the resistance of the circuit. A 240 volt heater can be run off of 120 volts but the wattage will be reduced. For example if an ordinary 1000 watt baseboard heater's supply is 120 volts, the current of the heater will be, I = W/E 1000/120 = 8.3 amps. The resistance of the heater is R = W/I (squared) =1000/8.3 x 8.3 (69) = 14.5 ohms. Applying 240 volts on the same heater whose resistance is 14.5 ohms results in a new heater wattage rating. W = E (squared)/R = 240 x 240 (57600)/14.5 = 3972 watts. This is 2972 watts, almost 300%, higher than the manufacturer's designed safety rating. The amperage drawn by connecting a 120 volt, 1000 watt heater to a 240 volt source will be, I = W/E = 3972/120 = 33 amps. W = watts, I = amperage, R = resistance in ohms and E = voltage.

Can you use a 220 volt bulb in a 110 volt socket?

Yes, but the brightness of the bulb will be half of what it is a 220 volts.

Can 220 volt appliances be used in the UK 240 volts?

As long as the appliance is of a resistive load it can be used on the UK voltage. If the appliance has a motor in its design then it is not recommended.

Why have different 110 volt and 220 volt?

Some of the more powerful motors need more voltage to operate but it would be a waste to have all small motors also use 220 volts. Think of it like a semi truck. It needs the larger, more powerful engine to do it's job but to put that same motor in an economy car would be way too much.

Can you use a 220 volt printer on 110 volt service?

No, unless it is dual rated for 110 - 220 volt use. Check the manual or look at the rating sticker that should be somewhere on the printer.

Why buy 220 volt appliance?

Because a 220 volt appliance will draw 1/2 the current of a comparable 110 volt appliance. This means you can run smaller wire than for a comparable 110 volt appliance. 220 volt appliances are usually those that draw more current than other appliances. For example an electric stove with 50 A service would require 100 A at 110 volts which would really require heavy duty cable which is costly and hard to run.

Can use a 110 volt lamp bought in the US in a European country that uses 220 volts?

No, a lamp must be run on the correct voltage it was designed for,to work properly.

Does a 110 volt air conditioner use more electricity than 220 volt?

In general, yes. but what is important is to look at the SEER rating of the unit. The higher the number, the more efficient the unit. Also, consider the size of the room you are trying to cool and the average outside temp and humidity that the unit will be working against. You may only need a 5000 BTU unit or for a large room a 12 or 18K unit. I know, TMI.

Can resistors be used to use a 110 volts rated hairdryer in a 220 volt source?

Resistors could be used if you can find resistors with a high enough wattage rating to dissipate the heat that they will generate. Your best bet is to purchase a voltage adapter. The adapter is just a transformer that steps down the voltage from 220 to 110 volts. Locate on the hair dryer what the wattage draw is and then match the transformer (adaptor) to that wattage output.

How can you get 110 volts out of a 220 volt circuit?

If it is a straight 220 volt circuit with no neutral, then a step down transformer will have to be utilized.

How can you determine if you have 110 or 220 volts?

Most residential service in USA has both. In the USA 110 to 120 volts is a given and it would be very unusual not to have 220 to 240 volts. It can be easily tested at main panel with a volt meter. Or as an alternative call your power company.

Can you use 265 volt appliance on a 220 volt line?

Yes, the 265 volts is just the maximum the appliance can handle. You can use it on a 240 volt circuit.

Can you use a 240 volt generator to run 220 volt or lower appliances?

You can only use it to run 220, 230 or 240 V devices otherwise you must use either a resistor connected in series with the load in order to drop the load voltage to a safe value or you can use a step-down transformer.

Why is 220 volts used as domestic purpose in India and 110 volts in developed country?

It is incorrect to say that 110 Volts is used in developed countries. Different countries have different standards for domestic electricity supplies. The most common are 120 Volts 60 Hz AC or 230 Volts 50 Hz AC. The reasons are historic. Originally a local electricity supply company would decide what voltage and frequency to use, only later where national standards developed, usually based on the most common system in the country. North America uses 120 Volts 60 Hz. Europe, Africa and Asia uses 230 Volts 50 Hz. See the link below for details of what voltage and frequency is used in which countries.

How do you connect an electrical appliance with 110 volts to an outlet of 220 volts without using any transformer or any power converter device?

Answer for USA, Canada and countries running a 60 Hz supply service. Do this electrical work only if you feel confident that you can do it safely. If not then this is the procedure that an electrician would use and you would be able to follow what he is doing. Again an electrician should be your first choice. If you consider doing this the first thing is SHUT THE MAIN BREAKER OFF. Use an auxiliary light source to see when working in a dead panel. Always keep in mind an ARC FLASH ACROSS HOT MAINS HAS ENOUGH HEAT TO PEAL THE SKIN OFF OF YOU. Before an explanation of how to do this you should keep in mind that this is for a single receptacle only. If any other receptacles are on the same circuit they will also be changed to 120 volts. The existing two pole breaker in the distribution panel that is to be replaced should not have a larger rating than a 15 or 20 amps. The wire size from that breaker will be #14 or #12 respectively. The final results of this project will leave you with a 15 amp 120 volt receptacle and one spare 15 amp breaker in the distribution panel. That said, OK, any 240 volt outlet can be changed to 120 volt by removing the white wire from the 2 pole breaker and inserting it into the neutral bus bar. Remove the other wire (probably black) from the breaker. Remove the 2 pole breaker from the breaker panel. Install two single pole 15 amp breakers into the hole left by the 2 pole breaker. Leave both of these breakers turned off. Connect the black wire that came off of the 2 pole breaker on to one of the new single pole 15 amp breakers. Re install the cover to the electrical panel, this end is finished. At the old 240 volt receptacle, remove the existing device and install a new 120 volt receptacle. Materials can be purchased at local building supply store. Remember to take the electrical panel data with you so you have the information for the 2 new breakers. Once you have the new 120 volt receptacle installed, identify on the electrical panel door what the breaker is used for. Leave the unused breaker in the off position. Turn the new 15 amp breaker on. Turn the main breaker back on. Test the new receptacle with a lamp to make sure every thing is OK. As always, if you are in doubt about what to do, the best advice anyone should give you is to call a licensed electrician to advise what work is needed. Before you do any work yourself, on electrical circuits, equipment or appliances always use a test meter to ensure the circuit is, in fact, de-energized. IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY SURE YOU CAN DO THIS JOB SAFELY AND COMPETENTLY REFER THIS WORK TO QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS.

Can I use 110 volt led light on 220 volts?

You should not. There is a very good chance that it will burn outthe electronic components in the bulb assembly. If it results in ashort circuit inside the bulb, you may also trigger your homecircuit breaker for that circuit. You should read the label information on the base. If it says it israted for 110-220 volts, it means the electronics can detect thevoltage and make it work for the bulb. If so, it should work on 220volts also.