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Convert voltage from 240 to 120

I need to make the convertion , and i don't know if i have to buy an adapter

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Why are you having to do this? It is far cheaper to operate the fryer at 240 instead of 120. If you have to, you won't need an adapter. You will need essentially to drop off one leg of power. I would call an electrician to make sure it is done right because you could burn up the motor.

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