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    moving australian 230v gaggia classic to usa 120v

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    Hi there,
    ive just relocated from australia to the usa and brought my gaggia classic with me. does anyone know if the 230v australian version can easily be modified to work in the usa? doing a quick look into voltage converters, even the 4000w converters dont seem to be recommended for use with espresso machines? has anyone else been in this situation before? any tips would be appreciated! thanks!

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    Re: moving australian 230v gaggia classic to usa 120v

    I believe USA homes do have a 240v circuit
    Mostly in the laundry

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    Re: moving australian 230v gaggia classic to usa 120v

    Using an Australian machine in the US is going to be difficult.

    You will have trouble finding a 240 volt circuit. The only 240 volt appliances in the US are (usually) electric ovens and (possibly) clothes dryers, and these items rarely plug in but are wired in.

    Secondly, using a transformer you will easily exceed the maximum wattage of most circuits.

    An electrician may be able to rig something up.

    Good luck.

    Greg

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    Re: moving australian 230v gaggia classic to usa 120v

    Quote Originally Posted by 62574042724A5748444941250 link=1257115814/2#2 date=1257157578
    The only 240 volt appliances in the US are (usually) electric ovens and (possibly) clothes dryers, and these items rarely plug in but are wired in.
    About the electric oven and clothes dryer typically being 220VAC appliances here in the US -- yes that is correct. *But normally there will be a wall outlet. *In my experience, it is not common for either of these appliances to be direct wired.

    Jim


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    Re: moving australian 230v gaggia classic to usa 120v

    The other problem you will hit is that US power is 60Hz not 50Hz like here in Australia. I went through all this, but the other way around when I moved from the US back to Australia. I ended up selling my machine and buying a new one when i got here.
    I did bring my grinder though (110V Mazzer SJ) which is running happily on a 1000W step down transformer.
    The biggest problem in the US is that no one wants to know about anything outside the US. Might be worth asking some questions on a US site as I am sure there are a lot of guys running 220v European machines in the US.



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