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Step Down transformers, will they harm an electronic machine?

Muntaser

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Hey everyone, before saying anything I'm like very newbie when it comes to electronics so please have patience on me :p
so here's the deal, I'm currently living in Palestine where we are using 240V outputs. I'm planning to buy a coffee maker from Amazon, unluckily that coffee maker I'm interested in is using 120V . So I was wondering if step down transformers can by any chance harm the machine?
this is part of the reply the coffee maker company sent me

"It is not recommended to use a transformer or voltage converter for this unit, as it could still potentially damage its motor base. However, please keep in mind that we work very hard in order to make sure that as many customers as possible get to try and enjoy our units. We appreciate your understanding."
btw the machine company is known as "NinjaKitchen"


Thanks in advance for helps and advices
 

bertus

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Hello,

The problem could be in the 50 Hz and 60 Hz difference.

Bertus
 

bertus

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Hello,

No, a stepdown or stepup transformer can not change the frequency.

Bertus
 

Muntaser

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Hello,

No, a stepdown or stepup transformer can not change the frequency.

Bertus
hey
Is there a way to tackle that issue? since the product will most likely be assigned for a 60hz while we have a frequency of 50hz

Thanks
 

Minder

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I can't see a coffee maker being all that sensitive to Hz.
Also don't see a "motor" referenced in the product! (Coffee maker)
 

Muntaser

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I can't see a coffee maker being all that sensitive to Hz.
Also don't see a "motor" referenced in the product! (Coffee maker)
but wouldn't using a machine that is designed for a 60 hz on a 50 hz get damaged and ruined?
 

Minder

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Not necessarily, I don't see anything frequency sensitive, in a coffee maker especially!
 

kellys_eye

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Note that, depending on the power consumption of the coffee maker, the step down transformer (regardless of the frequency) may cost more than the coffee maker.
 

kellys_eye

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Wow! 1500W

You're looking at ~$120 for the transformer to run it. I doubt the 50/60Hz will make much difference but since the manufacturers have advised against it (sort of) they would certainly use this as an excuse to refuse to honour any warranty issues.

That's as much as we can reliably say on the matter - it's your money!
 

Externet

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Cannot believe there is no coffee makers in Palestine stores other than the Amazon choice.:oops:
 

Muntaser

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Cannot believe there is no coffee makers in Palestine stores other than the Amazon choice.:oops:
hahahha there's plenty of them ! the model I'm looking for has a lot of functions that's why I'm interested in it
 

Bluejets

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so it makes coffee.....and then it makes more coffee.
Mind boggles as to what other functions one would want in a coffee maker.
Then again, there are mobile phones that mostly do everything but make a phone call when one needs to.
And yuppies pay thousands for the privilege.
 

Alec_t

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the model I'm looking for has a lot of functions
I'm with Bluejets. What functions does a coffee/tea maker need, other than time and temperature control for the brew, and a couple of on/off switches for the heater and frother?
 

Martaine2005

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Buy a secondhand power tool 110V transformer. I see them all the time between £20 and £50.

Martin
 
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