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Old 06-17-2009, 09:19 AM
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where would one go

to purchase a hairdryer and straightener that is UK compliant

My gf is going oversees for a month and want to get her a going away present.

I`m in Atlanta so there has to be one store around this town that have it in stock.

Don't really want to buy it online and wait for it to get shipped

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Old 06-17-2009, 10:21 AM
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I might be stupid, and sorry if it's the wrong answer, but can't you buy her any hairdryer and straightener and then also buy her a power adapter?

Every hardware store should sell adapters.

Again, sorry if I'm wrong. But I know very little about electricity.
 
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Old 06-17-2009, 10:47 AM
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The safest thing to do would be to give her the money in Sterling and let her buy it herself over here. The last thing you want is to get here, (I'm in the UK btw), and find it doesn't work, or at some point during the warranty period, for the darn thing to break down. Over here it should be easier to sort these things out if they were to happen, plus she will have protection under consumer law.

And of course if it is bought here, it will work here, no need for potentially unsafe adapters and what not.
 
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Old 06-17-2009, 10:53 AM
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The safest thing to do would be to give her the money in Sterling and let her buy it herself over here. The last thing you want is to get here, (I'm in the UK btw), and find it doesn't work, or at some point during the warranty period, for the darn thing to break down. Over here it should be easier to sort these things out if they were to happen, plus she will have protection under consumer law.

And of course if it is bought here, it will work here, no need for potentially unsafe adapters and what not.
What's the voltage over there, Strong?
 
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Old 06-17-2009, 10:54 AM
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Buy her the power adapter and she can just use hers.
If she doesn't have one, buy one here with a power adapter and she can use it here when she comes back.
 
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Old 06-17-2009, 11:05 AM
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She has been overseas twice before and both times the power adapters have blown on her before
 
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Old 06-17-2009, 11:09 AM
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I need only know what the voltage is over there to solve your problem.
 
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Old 06-17-2009, 11:12 AM
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She has been overseas twice before and both times the power adapters have blown on her before
my wife has used hers once with just a "plug" adapter that switches the plugs from Canadian to English. The thing blew.

Then she used one a power adapter that actually switches the voltage and it worked.

Atom, it is 220V but it can go up to 240V easily.
 
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Old 06-17-2009, 11:15 AM
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(...)Atom, it is 220V (...)
Ok. thanks.
 
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Old 06-17-2009, 11:27 AM
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She has been overseas twice before and both times the power adapters have blown on her before
Your devices must state two voltages where the higher voltage is approximately double the lower voltage, such as 120/240 AC, before a straight adapter will work. If the device says that somewhere on it, then a simple adapter that changes prong configuration is all that's necessary. If the device only states the lower voltage, such as 120 AC, it won't work over there.
 
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Old 06-17-2009, 11:36 AM
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Also, if the frequency over there is not 50 to 60 hertz, then it won't work, but I doubt that's the case.
 
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Old 06-17-2009, 12:13 PM
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I could go into step-down transformers, but I think it's best to assume that there will be none in the rooms where the device is to be used. They would plug into the wall and your device would plug into them. A step-down xfmr is the only way to get a 120v device to work on 220v ~ 240v.
 
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Old 06-18-2009, 01:42 AM
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What's the voltage over there, Strong?
The back of my hair dryer says ... 240V ~ 50Mz 1200W


kwvarga: why not pay for her to get her hair cut really short. I'm thinking out the box here dude. It is Summer, she will be much cooler, her hair will dry naturally in no time, which is much better for her hair, easier to manage, and better for the environment. And she'll save money on hair products of one kind or another. It a win, win, win senario.

And to top it all she could wear coloured wigs. (That's the big selling point for me). By the way, I have a few numbers of dating agencies if she dumps you after you mention the idea.

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Old 06-18-2009, 03:31 AM
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The back of my hair dryer says ... 240V ~ 50Mz 1200W (...)
The voltage over there is 240v then, but it shouldn't say 50Mz, it should say 50Hz. Thanks, Strongy.
 
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Old 06-18-2009, 03:33 AM
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BTW, this symbol ~ stands for AC. However, in post #12 it stands for the word to, i.e. 220 to 240 volts.

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Old 06-18-2009, 06:12 AM
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The voltage over there is 240v then, but it shouldn't say 50Mz, it should say 50Hz. Thanks, Strongy.
Sorry Atom, well spotted, I had the wrong glasses on, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!

It does say 50Hz.
 
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Old 06-18-2009, 06:14 AM
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(...)I had the wrong glasses on, that's my story and I'm sticking to it! (...)
 
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Old 06-18-2009, 11:48 PM
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The back of my hairdryer says "Property of StrongInTheArm. Please return if found."
 
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What's the symbol for DC?
 
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Old 06-21-2009, 05:09 PM
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What's the symbol for DC?
A solid horizontal line above a horizontal line of dashes.
 
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