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What gets burned or destroyed inside a 120V device if you plug it in a 240V socket?

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Answered 2004-05-14 16:20:34

Typically, everything that cannot handle the extra voltage will get damaged. (Note: There are different style plugs on equipment to prevent this very question.) Often there is a fuse in the equipment which might limit the damage, so check for a blown one first. The extra voltage will force extra current into the device, so switches will burn and things will melt.

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