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can i use japanese appliance (100volts) in the US?

can i use japanese appliance (100volts) in the US?

Old Dec 13th, 2010, 12:03 AM
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can i use japanese appliance (100volts) in the US?

im thinking of bringing my electric blanket on my trip to the US. thanks.
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Old Dec 13th, 2010, 02:28 AM
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Can't imagine what you would do with an electric blanket - most indoor places are overheated if anything. Trying to use 100 on a 110 system might overheat it - and not sure why type of plugs it uses.

But more - why would you want to travel with a blanket?
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Old Dec 13th, 2010, 06:28 AM
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I can't answer the voltage question - but nyt, I can tell you that one of my Japanese friends who lives here *swears* by her Japanese electric blanket! She also has a Japanese rug that plugs in and warms up in the same way a blanket does. (Sure feels great in her otherwise drafty Brooklyn brownstone, especially when seated on the floor at a low table to eat!)

That said, I know my friend uses a number of Japanese appliances here, so for the OP, there must be a way to do it. You should do a google search of your question: perhaps there is a converter you can purchase, or it might be that a converter isn't needed...
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Old Dec 13th, 2010, 06:41 AM
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I can understand someone who lives in a brownstone - which might be drafty or not well-heated. But the OP is coming on vacation. And hotels and public places are usually overhed if anything. That's why I don't get an electric blanket.
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Old Dec 13th, 2010, 12:01 PM
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Using a 100V blanket on a 110V US system won't overheat anything. You don't need to convert anything. All you need is the appropriate plug adapter.
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Old Dec 13th, 2010, 12:48 PM
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You don't need a plug adapter because the plugs on Japanese appliances are the same as non-polarized US plugs. The biggest difference aside from the 10V is that the electrical system in most of Japan operates at 50Hz while in the US it's 60 Hz. This shouldn't make much of a difference except for more sensitive equipment like electronics.

But I'll echo the question of why you'd want to lug an electric blanket in your bags.
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Old Dec 13th, 2010, 03:12 PM
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50Hz vs 60Hz will make no difference to most electronic items like computers, cell phones, PDAs, etc. They all run on DC voltage anyway - not AC. The "brick" on the power cord contains a transformer to supply the correct voltage and converts the AC to DC - usually around 5V for phones and the like, and around 18-20V for computers depending on the brand.

The frequency will make a difference for plug in clocks and and motors - they will all run faster in the US vs Japan.
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Old Dec 14th, 2010, 07:15 PM
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thank you all for your replies and concern. im staying in my aunt's place and it's cold in her condo. either the heater doesnt work or she doesnt use it. i googled how electric blankets in the states look like and our e. blankets here in japan are not thick or quilted. i may also just bring my afghan-type eblanket if i dont have enough space. it's nice to warm the bed before sleeping and also to throw something on when on the sofa.

i use a US 110 volts hair dryer here so im thinking i can use japanese appliances there too?
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Old Dec 15th, 2010, 06:51 AM
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Does your aunt live in the Pacific NW, by any chance? We keep our houses colder than anywhere I've lived. I think it's because we are able to keep our windows open a lot of the year, so get used to the variation in temperature. Hope you have a great trip and manage to stay warm!
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