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3.8 out of 5 stars
Stepdown 240/120v Transformer USA to UK 100VA
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Price:£17.99+Free shipping
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2012
Works really well, bought to go with my brother SE400 sewing machine from amazon.com. I use it both straight into a socket and in an extension cord. It doesn't get hot (slightly warm). It does buzz, but once the sewing machine is going you can't hear it. It doesn't seem very robust where you put the plug into it. I leave the sewing machine plugged in and just unplug the transformer. I suspect it wouldnt last long if you had to keep removing the plug! Excellent value, I paid about £16, so it's now an even better deal
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 27 May 2011
This transformer arrived well before estimated time and it works great
the transformer gets a bit warm but that is normal
I use it for my newly purchase stereo system from USA 70 Watt
As i am a Marin Electrical Engineer I do recommend it for low currency items
as Radios Stereo systems etcetera
But do not use this item for Hair dryers & Electrical tools etcetera
As they pull a high starting currency regardless what it says on the Label
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 2013
during the first use of this Stepdown 240/120v Transformer
with my USA home electronic device, this unit fried.

It works for couple seconds, but all of a sudden it stopped,
start smoking and smelling burn odor.

I contact seller about this issue. They replied,
and ask me to check on the power rating of the device I use with.

Then only I realize, it was my mistake. The device I'm using with
rating 1450 watts, which exceed this transformer max power.

But the good news is, this transformer does great in overload cutout protection.
It stops immediately when it exceed max power, so my device still working,
I just get another higher max power transformer and its working well now.

So, I strongly advice buyer, before buying this or any transformer,
check the max power rating first. It should be higher than
the device require power.

Thanks for reading.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2010
Firstly a caveat, every reviewer should name the vendor when reviewing with Amazon due to their roulette sales MO of switching vendors. I am surprised that Amazon hasn't been hit by the GB trading standards under the Trades Description Act. I have checked on Amazon in GB and the USA where I live, and within a 24hr period the seller can be changed several times, so the review by numerous people maybe for a similar product, but not necessarily the same product, hence the variation in reviews.

That said, my review is for the the unit sold by In21 Direct. I purchased this unit to use a photo slide scanner that I bring with me from the USA. It has low current draw, so 100W max more than is required for the scanner. The unit worked excellently for the bit I used it, which has been over several hours of continuous use. It ran cool, and without any discernible buzzing and I have good hearing. The power cord is long, which is great. Transformers are heavy by virtue of how they step down. I have a 1.8Kw Siemens transformer and it weighs maybe 8Kg/15lbs or more.

I hadn't read A. Singal's review and plugged my unit into a power strip/surge protector and have had no problems. Maybe A. Singal used another vendor or maybe he/she needs to check, they were overloading the unit. I think it wise to only plug in appliances that draw up to 80% of the units capacity, i.e. 80W, which gives some tolerance for surges. I have heard it said that it is better to plug the equipment into a transformer prior to plugging the transformer into the mains feed.

A last suggestion, I stuck four small rubber feet onto the base raising it and stopping it from sliding on the table top. This will also allow more air to circulate under and around the unit.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2011
Difficult to review a product like this; it either does what you want or it doesn't. This works perfectly fine and does what you want - it allows you to operate electrical products designed to work on US voltages, in the UK, with no problems, up to 85 watts. It was delivered very promptly (3 days I think) and worked straight out of the box. If I work hard to find something bad to say and didn't mind being picky, then I'd say it's a squat, ugly little thing. It might matter to some people that there are more attractive looking transformers out there, but really this is a functional item not engineered to be aesthetically pleasing too, and certainly not at this price.

The great plus of owning one of these is that I can now buy virtually any US electrical appliance and run it in the UK - great since US products are always cheaper than the UK equivalent even after you pay postage costs.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 6 November 2011
Purchased to operate my Heavy Duty Kitchenaid shipped back here from the States, and it works just perfectly. Oh my, did that take the hard work out of all the pre Christmas baking! I'm delighted with this item, delivered next day, and I've had no operating problems.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 2011
Bought this for a US purchased Train Polar Express. Been running the train for testing to make sure it worked. So far no signs of any overheating issues or anything like that. I have yet to give it a prolonged test run but my initial nervousness in using it with such an expensive item as passed and I feel reasonably confident it will do its job.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 2012
Service good and product delivered in good time.

I really didn't need such a large transformer in the end, its my fault not the supplier.

The product does have a low noise level. Its ok but you do notice it a times. It also gets very warm to hot. I don't think there are any safety issues but its in the nature of thing. If you want to power small appliances which are not power hungry a smaller transformer would be better purchase.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 1 May 2012
My wife plugged this unit into the wall socket and switched it on. However she has NOT as yet plugged in the unit she wants to use. Before she can plug it in, this unit starts to smoke. Fortunately she switch it off at the socket quickly.
Maybe it was a bad unit don't know.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 June 2013
I purchased this converter July 2012, but June 2013, it died! It was used to power a U.S.-bought laser printer (110V, 4.0A) that was used infrequently. At first, the converter worked well, it was quiet and did not get very hot (it would get warm to the touch). But in a few months, it developed a very annoying humming/buzzing sound when left on. So, I made a point of always turning it off when not in use. But nothing helped. It is now a useless heavy brick. You get what you pay for (and sometimes even less than what you pay for).
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