How to Convert a 110 Appliance to 220


Electric appliances such as hair dryers and travel irons can make traveling abroad a more comfortable experience. These comforts of home may not last for the duration of your trip, though, if you plug them directly into an electrical outlet overseas. American appliances typically use 110 volts of electricity, as opposed to appliances in European nations, which use 220 volts. Such high voltage will fry your appliances unless you use a voltage converter.

  • Buy a 110-to-220 voltage converter from an electronics store. This device converts the voltage from a 220-volt electrical outlet to 110 volts so your appliance can handle it.

  • Plug the voltage converter into the wall. Plug your appliance into the voltage converter.

  • Turn on the appliance. Use it as normal.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a plug adapter if necessary to make the prongs on your appliance or voltage converter match the prong holes in the electrical outlet.

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