A voltage converter that changes 110v input to 220v output is called a step-up converter. You need to use this at home if you are plugging a 220v appliance into a 110v electrical outlet. By stepping up the voltage, you can safely and efficiently use your 220v cooktops, ovens, and power tools.
One of the things that you must remember is that electricity companies bill you per wattage, not per voltage. Voltage converters only change the voltage and will therefore not affect your electricity bills. Thus, it’s okay to buy 220v appliances and use them with your step-up volt converter in your 110v home.
You may be wondering: How do you use a step-up volt converter exactly? Here are some tips:
Step 1. Make sure the voltage converter’s plug is compatible with the wall’s socket.
If the step-up voltage converter is manufactured in Europe, then it probably has a type C or F plug. These plugs won’t fit in the US wall socket. In that case, you should use a universal adapter. If the transformer is manufactured in the US, you won’t need an adapter.
Step 2. Check the voltage input and output.
This step is not necessary, but if you want to ensure that you are getting the right voltage, then go ahead. Using a voltage meter, check the voltage that comes out of the wall socket. Do this also to the sockets in the voltage converter. The output voltage should read 220v or above.
Step 3. Plug in your 220v appliances
Make sure that the appliances or devices you are connecting through the converter are rated 220v. Don’t plug in an 110v device or it will overheat and get damaged.
All step-up volt converters sold online must come with manual instructions to guide you on how to properly use the equipment. To ensure that you are buying a safe voltage converter, buy only from a reliable brand and supplier.