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disgruntled goat
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Icon 6 posted March 25, 2005 03:03      Profile for disgruntled goat     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
My brother is moving to Canada from the uk and we were wondering if he could take all his electrical equipment, tv, computer, hi-fi and all that sort of stuff. I understand there is a difference in power but is there a way around that or would he need new stuff. Many thanks.
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It most cases, it will be too much hassle - the big difference is that the UK uses 230V/50Hz for its mains supply whereas Canada will be somewhere in the region of 110V at 60Hz (someone *will* correct me if I'm wrong).

Provided that the equipment is happy to run at the wrong mains frequency (some equipment uses mains frequency for timing purposes), it is possible to get step-down transformers to convert from 230V to 115V. However, the cost of a transformers will probably be on a par with the cost of just replacing the equipment.

If equipment uses an external power supply (plug-in-the-wall type), it may be economical to buy new power supplies.

The computer could well work in Canada - many PCs will have a 115V/230V switch on the PSU, some PCs and (I think) all Macs from the last decade or so use universal supplies that run over a range of voltages, typically 100V-250V. Check the user manuals... This may also apply to some other equipment.

As for the TV, forget it. TV signals in Canada differ greatly to the UK (Canada uses RS170/NTSC, the UK CCIR/PAL) - it is very unlikely that the TV tuner will work.

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Brother Dysk
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Icon 1 posted April 03, 2005 01:47      Profile for Brother Dysk     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The TV may do, actually. I can't speak for the UK, but in continental Europe, almost all TVs sold in the last five years, and certainly all in the last two are sold with universal tuners that'll take nothing more than a short excursion into the configuration menu to flip between NTSC, PAL, and even various versions of the two.
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Icon 1 posted April 03, 2005 13:16      Profile for drunkennewfiemidget     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Number 2608:
It most cases, it will be too much hassle - the big difference is that the UK uses 230V/50Hz for its mains supply whereas Canada will be somewhere in the region of 110V at 60Hz (someone *will* correct me if I'm wrong).

115V/60Hz is correct.

As for TVs, I personally haven't seen a tv here in Canada that will switch from PAL to NTSC -- mind you, if it's automated or can't be set in a menu, then I wouldn't have RTFM to know.

As others have said, though, you'll probably just want to buy new devices, since buying converters will a) cost quite a bit of money and b) would needlessly cost you money on your electricity bill in the form of lost power due to the conversion.

As 2608 said, you can probably just flip a switch and change the power cable on your computer. Really expensive devices might be worth it to buy a converter, but the rest you're better off to just replace (sell it there, and buy new stuff here.)

Oh, and welcome, to your brother, to the best damned conutry on the world. [Wink]

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Originally posted by drunkennewfiemidget:
Oh, and welcome, to your brother, to the best damned conutry on the world. [Wink]

wtf is a 'conut', and why is Canada the best source of them ?

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A coconut donut, silly....We have all the best donuts. Here is one (of the toasted variety) front row, on the left.


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quote:
Originally posted by Cap'n Vic:
A coconut donut, silly....We have all the best donuts.

Oh, of course, because Canada is one of the worlds major producers of coconuts ... [Confused]

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disgruntled goat
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Icon 1 posted April 04, 2005 14:47      Profile for disgruntled goat     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Thanks guys, it looks like i might just have gained lots of new stuff to fill my house [Smile]
I tried to tell him that his cd collection wouldnt work either but i dont think he bought it.

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quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
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Originally posted by Cap'n Vic:
A coconut donut, silly....We have all the best donuts.

Oh, of course, because Canada is one of the worlds major producers of coconuts ... [Confused]
I'll have you know there are nuts of all sorts being produced here, everyday.

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