110v to 220v Transformer
What Is It?
The 110v to 220v transformers convert a power source of 110v to match the voltage of a 220v device or appliance, and are also referred to as step up transformers. They are commonly used in the United States and other countries where the electrical output of 110v is commonplace, or by people who are using electrical products made in the United States in countries that use 220v of electrical output. They are much more capable than a plug adapter, but they are much heavier and bulkier. It has to be in order to increase the power of single voltage.
Which One Is Right for Me?
Your choice is going to depend on how much wattage you need to power your device or appliance. Watts (W) measure the amount of energy that is released per second or the power that is released per second. All electrical devices and appliances require specific amounts of wattage in order to work safely and efficiently.
The amount of wattage that needs to be generated is displayed somewhere on the electrical product itself. The more wattage that is needed, the more expensive your transformer / converter is going to be. If the product you are using requires 650W, then your 110v to 220v transformer should be at least 1300W. Investing in a 110v to 220v transformer with even more wattage will not harm the device, but using one with lower wattage will cause problems.
Once you determine the amount of watts required for your device or appliance to work, then you can buy the 110v to 220v transformer that is equipped to generate the required amount of watts. Smaller transformers are used for smaller devices or appliances like microwaves and personal computers. Larger transformers are used for larger devices or appliances like air conditioners or refrigerators.
How Do I Use It?
A110v to 220v transformer is fairly simple to use. You plug it into the outlet in the wall, then plug your device or appliance into the transformer. As long as the wattage is sufficient, you should have no problem using your device or appliance.