Voltage converters are power conversion devices that change or transform the electrical output coming from a power source. More commonly, these converters change voltage from 220 volts to a much lower 110 volts (effectively stepping down electricity), although step up voltage converters also exist to change electrical output in the opposite direction. When an electric device, power tool, or appliance is designed to work at a specific voltage that’s not immediately available, one way that it can be used is by converting power down or up the correct level. More often than not, you will need a voltage converter when traveling overseas with electronic devices that may require a higher or lower power voltage to function.
Power or voltage converters are generally safe to use. however, you may want to pay special attention to these safety measures when handling or perhaps when first purchasing a 110 volt to 220-volt converter or vice versa:
- Choose converters that feature copper wire coil so that your electrical devices can work in full power, while the converter maintains high efficiency and low temperature.
- Buy voltage converters that feature overload protection so that when load exceeds its rated capacity, the converter will cut off the supply of power automatically, hence preventing hazard.
- Choose converters that have ground protection, which can help prevent electric shock accidents.
- Find voltage converters that have larger power to prevent accidents due to overload. This will also help you extend the life of your voltage converter.
Other important considerations when using a voltage converter include making sure that your appliances are within the correct conversion power range of your converter before use, wiping your hands dry to avoid electrocution, and checking the conditions of both the converter and the device you are plugging in so as to prevent untoward incidents.