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#20818 - 01/22/03 12:25 PM 220v to 110v step down transformer
venki Offline
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Registered: 01/22/03
Posts: 3
Loc: albany ny
Hi All,
I wanted to know what kind of step down transformer ( in terms of power and capacity / rating) have to be used for the spin-x dryer. The specs are as follows
110V/60hz
power on power: 600w at 8.2 Amps and
runnning power 400w at 5.0 Amps, It has an Induction motor inside.

Thanks in advance
Venki

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#20819 - 01/22/03 12:51 PM Re: 220v to 110v step down transformer
SvenNYC Offline
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Registered: 08/19/02
Posts: 1685
Loc: New York City
Why not install (or have installed) a dedicated 240 volt line and four-pin dryer receptacle? A transformer will throw out heat, plus it's added bulk.

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#20820 - 01/22/03 04:02 PM Re: 220v to 110v step down transformer
jdevlin Offline
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Registered: 08/07/02
Posts: 402
Loc: welland ontario canada
The poster want to step DOWN from 220 to 110. This sounds like it might belong in the UK forum where you have 220.

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#20821 - 01/22/03 04:08 PM Re: 220v to 110v step down transformer
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Registered: 04/03/02
Posts: 6805
Loc: Brick, NJ USA
Well, the "numbers" don't make to much sense to me. Profile has no e-mail, and it says "engineer".
8.2 amps @ 110 volt does not equate to 600 watts
5 amps @ 110 volts does not equate to 400 watts
What is a "spin-x" dryer???
John
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#20822 - 01/23/03 08:27 AM Re: 220v to 110v step down transformer
cubby964 Offline
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Registered: 10/18/02
Posts: 69
Loc: USA
HotLine1:
It's the difference between true power (W) and apparent power (VA). The motor has a power factor of about .66 on starting and .8 running, not unheard of.

Venki:
For the transformer, I would size it for the inrush of the motor (8.2 amps, 900VA), or more and remember overcurrent protection as per Code. A single phase XFMR from one of the usual companies (GE, Square D, Siemens, etc) should work. But, as I think Sven was saying, why not just run a dedicated 110 circuit and elliminate the trouble from all the extra equipment. I would think it should cost about the same (assuming reasonable access).

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#20823 - 01/23/03 09:04 AM Re: 220v to 110v step down transformer
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Registered: 09/17/02
Posts: 1508
Loc: Stockholm, Sweden
It's one of those external spindryers they had back in the 1950:s. I thought they disappeared when washing machines with built in spindyers were introduced.
www.spin-x.com

According to the site, this spindryer spins at 3300 rpm. The site tells you that that washing machines spin at only 500 rpm, something I find hard to believe. I remember selling 1200 rpm machines a few years ago, and I think the latest models have 1500 rpm spin. (The integrated washer/dryers have very high rpm, to minimise the load on the dryer part)

I wonder what the clothes look like after a 3300 rpm spin.

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#20824 - 01/23/03 09:35 AM Re: 220v to 110v step down transformer
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Registered: 08/19/02
Posts: 1685
Loc: New York City
Oh I remember those!!!!

When I was a child (1980s) some of the coin-op laundries here in New York had something like that. It looked like a HUGE pressure cooker on a pedestal. You'd put a quarter in it and it'd take your clothes for a spin...so it would shorten drying time.

Haven't run across them in years. I used to love hearing those things start up and watch them rattle as they did their thing. They looked scary!!

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#20825 - 01/23/03 10:06 AM Re: 220v to 110v step down transformer
venki Offline
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Registered: 01/22/03
Posts: 3
Loc: albany ny
Thanks to all who have been replying to my email..
Well I am an engineer but a computer Engineer and Have no practical experience in Electrical field.
Also This spin-x dryer I used it in my APT where we used to wash baby clothes and hang dry them on the clothes line. The Clothes are in a perfect good condition without any damage.
So I guess from all the answer I get ..
Like to get Transformer or 60Hz unit will not work on 50Hz .. Etc etc .. I will have to sell this unit ... I guess I will logon to some auction site and advertise it there..

Thanks all

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#20826 - 01/23/03 10:23 AM Re: 220v to 110v step down transformer
C-H Offline

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Registered: 09/17/02
Posts: 1508
Loc: Stockholm, Sweden
50Hz? You must be outside North America.

You can get a 1000W step down transformer, but it will cost you at least $100.

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#20827 - 01/23/03 10:30 AM Re: 220v to 110v step down transformer
venki Offline
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Registered: 01/22/03
Posts: 3
Loc: albany ny
hi..
Well I am in the US and will be moving out in a few months and wanted to take this back with me home where we have 220/240V AC 50Hz.

Thanks

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