Why do Voltage Converters that say 110 or 220 be used on 110 115 120 Volts and 220 230 240 Volts

Voltage conversion can definitely be a confusing thing, but that’s why we are here to help you. One question we answer regularly has to do with variances in voltage. By variances in voltage I mean the range of voltages a specific converter can handle.

To illustrate this point, let’s say we have a voltage converter that says it is made for 110 Volts It’s actually made to not only handle specifically 110 volts, but a range of voltages 110 , 115, and 120

The same goes for a 220v converter 220 , 230, and 240

We are seen this question come up, for example, when a customer living in North America, purchases a 220v Converter, and is going on vacation in Australia, where their outlets emit 240volts.

As we just learned, 240v, is within the range a 220v converter is made to handle, so they will be just fine.

Although the output from an outlet in North America is commonly 110-120 volts, you will find that many bigger appliance will state that they take 220 – 240 volts to operate. In the past, 110 and 220 Volts were the common operating voltage, but now manufactuers and utility companies are handling the situation differently.

In North America, the electricity is sent from the utility companies usually around 120 and also 240 volts (+/- 5% when it goes through the transformer). On the other hand, modern appliances and electrical products are now designed at 115 and 230 volts (+/- 10%).

By having +/- 10% range of difference, your appliances are able to handle the +/- 5% difference seen the in the electricity sent from the utility companies.

If you have anymore questions or are looking to purchase a voltage converter or transformer, please visit our site at www.110220volts.com. Thank you very much and have a nice day.