If you are using a 110-volt appliance overseas where the voltage is normally 220 volts, you will need a step-down voltage transformer to safely convert the electrical socket’s voltage to 110 volts. Without it, you could risk damaging your device or appliance, as well as the electrical socket. The step-down voltage transformer is used to step down electricity in a country that uses 220, 240, or 230 volts down to 110 volts, so you can use them without any issues. Here are tips to use it properly and safely:
- Is it right for you? – It makes sense to use the step-down voltage transformer if you are bringing 110-volt devices and appliances to a country that uses 220 volts. To determine the right converter, consider looking into a global voltage guide or map, so you can easily identify the right voltage used in the country you are going to.
- Check the wattage – Look at the user manual of the electronic devices and appliances you intend to use to find the wattage. You can also find this information on the device’s or appliance’s label. Keep in mind that the voltage transformer’s size is defined by wattage, so it will depend on the kind of devices you will use, as well as the number of watts they require.
- Choose a product with a higher voltage – Consider looking for a step-down voltage transformer with a wattage that is around two to three times higher than the devices or appliances you will be powering. Certain items, like TVs, motors, power tools, and laser printers experience a power surge every time you turn them on, so the extra wattage should make sure that they will function properly without damaging the converter.
- Avoid overloading the transformer – Most step-down voltage transformers come with several electrical sockets, but as tempting as it is, avoid plugging too many devices into them.