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Power Converter for Austrlian Electrical Appliances

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Power Converter for Austrlian Electrical Appliances

Post Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 2:23 pm

Hi all
I'm moving to Calgary in May and have quite a lot of Australian electrical applicances (240 Volt: kitchen, DIY power tools, stereos etc). I'll be in Calgary for a few years then probably returning to Australia, so I want to keep these appliances so I can use them when back in Australia, rather than purchasing new stuff in Calgary that I will not be able to use in Oz.
Can anyone tell me how easy it is to get hold of power converters that will allow me to use my 240V stuff in Calgary's 110V supply?


Re: Power Converter for Austrlian Electrical Appliances

Post Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 7:54 pm

It CAN be done, but why?.

Shipping heavy appliances to Canada, and then to Australia makes little sense to me. The cost of shipping alone, to Canada, will make them the most expensive appliances ever. And then to pay to send them to Australia?

May I suggest this, instead. Ship them to Australia from SA, and put them in storage there. Skip the shipping to Canada part of the plan.

You can rent DIY tools here, and any other type of appliance, stereo and tv, if you want to, as needed. Plugging a convertor in between a wall outet and a electrical item is an invitation to have a fire in the house. Check with the local fire service where you are, and ask their opinion of this idea.

Have you priced the cost of a container by ship to Canada, from SA? Or air freight costs? It will be a large cost with either method.

Jim B Toronto.


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Re: Power Converter for Austrlian Electrical Appliances

Post Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 8:02 pm

Thanks Jim
Because I want to. The cost of a container is fixed, no matter whether you fill it on not. And the shipping is not a cost that I have to bear anyhow.
The question remains as to whether I can get this type of converter.


Re: Power Converter for Austrlian Electrical Appliances

Post Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 8:25 pm

Hi gotta,

A warm welcome to Expat Focus, and best of luck with your relocation to Calgary.

Power converters are readily available, and most progressive distributors will even ship for free (when the order is over $100 USD).

One company that I discovered while surfing the topic seems to fit the bill:

Their products range in price from $14 - $120 USD each.

There are many other distributors listed as well, and most have the same pricing/shipping promotions. Because of the relatively short delivery time, you could wait until landing in Calgary to order them?

Best of luck, and any questions at all about your relocation to Calgary just let me know.




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Re: Power Converter for Austrlian Electrical Appliances

Post Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 7:25 pm


I'm sorry if I sounded curt when I answered you.

It didn't occur to me that the cost of shipping might not be born by you. I can see where this was a case of my making a basic error in logic. For that I apologise to you. As Paul F has told you, the convertors are available here in Canada.

Jim B .


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