"...if electrically inclined you can rewire with the correct type of plug
but you will still need the voltage converter. Be careful to get one that
can handle the wattage the unit will draw. I have an old Gaggia Moka from
Spain and it draws 800 watts at 220 volts which is a lot of wattage for a
220 volt item."
Hair dryers are commonly rated at 1,200w - 1,875w for a 125v appliance. If
you just splice a Euro conector on the power cord and plug it in, you'll
have a Sylvania Blue Dot flashbulb, no matter what the thing was!
If you are electrically and safety-inclined, you will need no such thing as
a transformer to get "220v." [The step-up transformers for Euro appliances
in the US should have the correct power connector for the appliance. You'll
have to do no wiring.]
Nearly all US residential areas are currently supplied with 240 - 250vac t=
run electric ranges and dryers. The standard US 240v will operate the
European 220v appliances just fine.
At "220v," 800 watts of power draws fewer than 4amperes current. You can
safely run 16 AWG wire to handle that current all day long. That's almost
paltry doorbell wire.
The European power system is more economical than our 120v system because
less copper is used in the power wiring, and less power is wasted in the I=
Actually, "a lot of wattage for a 220 volt item" is a meaningless statement=
My service panel has an unused 50a (12,500w) circuit for a former electric
range, and a spare 30a (7,500w) circuit for the former electric clothes
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!