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Frequently Asked Questions
Global Power Converter
Can I use the Global Power Kit to run small appliances such as microwave ovens, bread making machines, and blenders?
No. All of these types of appliance contain motors and sophisticated circuits which are not compatible with the Global Power Kit. The Global Power Kit is intended for use with heating type appliances such as curling irons and hair dryers on the 1600 watt setting. The 50 watt setting is for small non-motorized electronic devices that do not use more than 50 watts.
Will the Global Power Kit allow me to use my appliance rated for 220 VAC in the United States or Canada?
No. The Global Power Kit is intended to allow you to use your appliance rated at 120 VAC in foreign countries that use 220 to 240 VAC.
Can I use the Global Power Kit with my nebulizer or "breathing machine"?
Usually no. Nebulizers generally have a motor driven compressor inside that is not compatible with the Global Power Kit. However, some newer portable nebulizers use a piezo-electric element instead of a compressor. These generally are powered by an AC adapter which can be used with the Global Power Kit set on 50 watts as long as the input rating of the AC adapter is less than 50 watts. We recommend that you check with the manufacturer of your nebulizer for their recommendations on use in a foreign country.
Can I use the Global Power Kit with my laptop computer?
Yes, but only on the 50 watt setting. Check the input rating of the laptop power supply to make sure it does not exceed 50 watts. Also look at the voltage rating of the power supply. Many laptop power supplies are designed to work on any voltage from 100 to 240 VAC. If the power supply is rated to work on up to 240 VAC, then you will not need the Global Power Kit, you will only need an adapter plug for the country you are visiting.
Will the Global Power Kit work in Japan?
No. Japan has a standard voltage from the wall of 100 VAC. The Global Power Kit is designed to work from 220 to 240 VAC. It is possible that your electronic device or appliance may work directly in Japan. Please be aware though that since the voltage is lower than ours that heating appliances may not get as hot as they do in the North America. Also, the frequency of the current in Japan is 50 Hertz instead of 60 Hertz like we have in North America. Therefore, devices that have motors such as VCR's and some clocks may run slower.
How can I find out the voltage and type of wall sockets used in the country I want to visit?
Can I use my camcorder charger with the Global Power Kit?
Yes, but only on the 50 watt setting. Check the input rating of the charger to make sure it does not exceed 50 watts. Also look at the voltage rating of the charger. Many camcorder chargers are designed to work on any voltage from 100 to 240 VAC. If the charger is rated to work on up to 240 VAC, then you will not need the Global Power Kit, you will only need an adapter plug for the country you are visiting.
Will the Global Power Kit work in the country I want to visit?
The Global Power Kit will work in most countries that have a voltage from the outlet of 220 to 240 VAC. A very helpful guide for determining plug types and voltages in other countries can be found here.
Can I use the Global Power Kit with my hair dryer that has a circuit protector on the end of the cord?
No. If the hair dryer, or any other appliance, has a small box on the end of the cord that contains a reset button, you can not use it with the Global Power Kit. In fact, trying to use it with this type of hair dryer will damage the hair dryer. The small box on the end of the cord with the reset button is called a Ground Fault Interupt (GFI or GFCI). It is there to protect you from shock if the appliance becomes wet but the circuit it contains is not compatible with the Global Power Kit.
Can I use the Global Power Converter with a curling iron or straightener?
Yes, but only if it does not have electronic controls or a GFCI. If the appliance has LED lights or a dial to set temperature then it probably has electronic controls and the Global Power Inverter should not be used. If the appliance has a small box with buttons on the end of the AC cord then it has a GFCI and the Global Power Converter should not be used.
My small motorized appliances such as my alarm clock, run slow when I use them with the Global Power Kit. Why?
Some motorized appliances such as clocks, derive their speed from the frequency of the AC voltage they are plugged into. The standard frequency in North America is 60 hertz but the standard frequency in the rest of the world is 50 hertz which causes the appliance to run slower.