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    Converting a Rocket Giotto from 110 Volts to 240

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    I am working in Colombia and wish to purchase a new espresso machine (Rocket Giotto Premium II Professional) from the US. I aim to back in Australia in around 2 years. This is my first machine and I want to hang onto it. The problem I have is the machine I am aiming to purchase is 110 volts. Does anyone have any advice on what is or would be involved in converting the machine from 110 to 240 volts? Would it be big bucks to do? And who can do this type of work?

    Appreciate any responses

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    Re: Converting a Rocket Giotto from 110 Volts to 240

    Welcome to CS Patrick!

    Have a read over http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1287272931/all as your topic has been discussed there.

    Its technically possible to do the job, but but it will require plenty of $$$ and time. To be honest, I wouldnt recommend your course of action with a 110V machine as there is too much to be done.

    Ultimately, youd probably be better to sell the old machine and then buy another new machine when you arrive down under. Who knows, there may be something else from Rocket by then to catch your eye.

    Cheers

    Chris

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    Re: How big is it to convert a Rocket Giotto from 110 to 240 volts

    This has been discussed a few times for both 110->240 and 240->110.

    The usual advice is simple. Dont do it.

    Sell your 110v version when you are leaving and purchase a new or 2nd hand replacement in Australia when you get back.

    Im sure a search of the site will uncover some previous threads.

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    Re: Converting a Rocket Giotto from 110 Volts to 240

    I enquired about this as well, and was told you can buy a stepdown transformer. Anyone else agree??

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    Re: Converting a Rocket Giotto from 110 Volts to 240

    Yes you can use a stepdown transformer. Many Americans live abroad and use them to run their appliances with no ill effect. The only issue is that they are a bit bulky and not too cheap.

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    Re: Converting a Rocket Giotto from 110 Volts to 240

    Quote Originally Posted by 51504B564C070D3F0 link=1311261147/3#3 date=1312623496
    I enquired about this as well, and was told you can buy a stepdown transformer. Anyone else agree??
    Gday "notis82"... :)

    Have you had a read through the links supplied in the earlier posts? Its not something I would do for a number of both technical and practical reasons. A suitable transformer will be very large to accommodate the load of the machine, will probably hum quite loudly and also get quite hot.

    There are other considerations too but theyre well covered in the afore-mentioned links above... ;)

    Mal.



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