Hi I bought a expresso machine in Europe 200v. Is it possible to use it in America 110v?
You can't run the machine on 110 volts at all, because its heater is designed to work on 220. But you could have an electrician install a 220-volt outlet near where you want to use the machine. Then replace the European style plug on the machine's power cord with the appropriate American style so you can plug it in. This will provide the necessary power for the machine to operate.
There may be problems using the machine in this country though, beyond the voltage difference. European power-line frequency is 50Hz (Hertz, or cycles-per-second), while it's 60Hz in the US. This difference won't matter to the heating element in the machine. But your machine may not work properly if it has any electronic circuitry inside. There are two possible pitfalls.
First, the electronics in the machine will probably have a transformer in its power supply. That transformer will have been designed for a 50Hz line frequency. Running it at 60Hz might not be a problem, but it could also change the voltage seen by the rest of the circuitry, and this might cause damage. Also, some equipment uses the line frequency as its clock, which in this sense means more like a metronome, providing the beat by which everything else operates. Since our line frequency is faster, so is that clock, and this might throw off the unit's operation. A true time-of-day clock may run fast, for example, since it will gain time. Or the computer inside, if it has one, may not work correctly - or not work at all - if the line frequency is wrong. The only way to know would be to check the manual, which might say it doesn't matter, or to check the circuit board to see how it's designed.
So while the correct answer to your original question is "No, the machine can't run on American 110v", you may still be able to use it here. But without seeing the machine for myself, or having access to a manual to see what it says about power requirements, I can't tell you definitely. Hope this helps some, and thanks for using Fixya!
Nov 29, 2010 |
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