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  • Has anyone used 110v machines with transformer?

    Has anyone had personal experience using a 110V lever machines here with a transformer? Does the conversion lead to problems with temperature issues?

    All the transformers Ive seen online dont seem to have high enough amperage. Can someone recommend one? Im tossing up if Im better off replacing the elements instead.

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    Re: Has anyone used 110v machines with transformer?

    Replace the elements. Much better solution.

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      Re: Has anyone used 110v machines with transformer?

      Originally posted by 7B4A5D4445424944522B0 link=1327285532/1#1 date=1327287475
      Replace the elements. Much better solution.
      and all other 110V rated componentry? :-?

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        Re: Has anyone used 110v machines with transformer?

        Originally posted by 7B243C2A212A262F2F2C2C242827490 link=1327285532/2#2 date=1327289313
        Originally posted by 7B4A5D4445424944522B0 link=1327285532/1#1 date=1327287475
        Replace the elements. Much better solution.
        and all other 110V rated componentry?  :-?
        Im with Chris on this one. It would be far safer running this machine through a transformer. Even if you changed the lement the wiring would not be rated for the 230v, sometimes 240v, we have here.

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          Re: Has anyone used 110v machines with transformer?

          Originally posted by 7C7765707B777F7D717173120 link=1327285532/0#0 date=1327285532

          All the transformers Ive seen online dont seem to have high enough amperage. Can someone recommend one? Im tossing up if Im better off replacing the elements instead. 
          The bay of evils is filled with heaps of step down transformers and a very quick search came up with a few rated at 3000W and 30A for just $114... and a 2000W 20A jobbie would set you back $80ish... seriously... the search took me 10 seconds. Have fun shopping

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          • #6
            Re: Has anyone used 110v machines with transformer?

            What 110v make and model of machine are you trying to use?

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              Re: Has anyone used 110v machines with transformer?

              Originally posted by 257A62747F7478717172727A7679170 link=1327285532/2#2 date=1327289313
              and all other 110V rated componentry?
              Sorry, I meant replace wiring etc. as well. Was at work and quickly replying on my phone.

              As its a lever I was assuming fairly simple electronics, which obviously may be a wrong assumption depending on machine, but if correct Id have a qualified person exchange the wiring and electronics for 240V components myself. My brother moved back from the states with his US Giotto and even had it all exchanged for 240V stuff - a lot of lever machines would be easier to do than a Giotto.

              Will the Hz difference be a problem with some electronics? I dont know much about electrics - only tinkered with 12/24V DC toys where I wont kill myself if I stuff up. Ive done stuff on several 240V espresso machines but carefully labelled and photographed all wires and terminals and simply put them all back exactly as they were with no changes to electrics whatsoever.

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                Re: Has anyone used 110v machines with transformer?

                Yes- to do it properly, youd have to replace everything relevant with 220-240V 50Hz spec. It should be much simpler and less exxy than doing a HX or dual boiler machine.

                I guess its best to add up the $$$ and make a decision as to whether it makes economical sense or not. Do use a qualified tech to do the work. Lives are much more valuable than machines!

                Good luck either way...

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                  Re: Has anyone used 110v machines with transformer?

                  Its the one arm bandit vintage olympia cremina. I understand to get to 220v you need to change element, and boiler light. Not sure if the wires used are the same for the 110v vs 220v?These are simple machines. Which is why Im debating am I better off opting for a transformer.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Has anyone used 110v machines with transformer?

                    Since those machines also come in European and Australian voltages, maybe the company would tell you what they do.

                    Greg

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                    • #11
                      Re: Has anyone used 110v machines with transformer?

                      Originally posted by 3C3725303B373F3D313133520 link=1327285532/8#8 date=1327309297
                      ... I understand to get to 220v you need to change element, and boiler light. Not sure if the wires used are the same for the 110v vs 220v?....
                      Clarifying: Its already been mentioned. All electric / electronic components which includes the wiring. If you are in Australia its 240 volts +/- a few (cant remember the exact voltage spec range but it isnt the same allowance up as it is down)...not 220.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Has anyone used 110v machines with transformer?

                        AS 60038-2000 states that Australian mains power supply should be operating at 230V +10%, -6% (216.2V to 253V)

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