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240V on 120V receptacles? #4732 10/14/01 07:38 PM
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I was looking at a list of worldwide plug usage (http://www.kropla.com/electric2.htm) and noticed that several of the Caribbean Islands supposedly use 220 to 240V power on normal NEMA 5-15 American receptacles.

Now, I know some of these lists are somewhat unreliable, so maybe this isn't true. Does anyone know about this?

If it is true, there's the obvious problem of a tourist assuming the outlet is going to be 120V and frying his equipment.

Beyond that though, what about the voltage rating of the device? I'm assuming they use imported U.S. fittings, and all the ones I've ever seen are stamped 125V.

I don't doubt that the devices will handle up to 250V quite safely, but wouldn't such use invalidate UL certification? Do any of these islands accept or require UL-approved devices?

Any ideas?

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Re: 240V on 120V receptacles? #4733 10/14/01 08:17 PM
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Paul,
would that be the 'A' designation?? http://www.kropla.com/!ab.htm

Re: 240V on 120V receptacles? #4734 10/15/01 05:39 AM
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Yes. "A" for non-grounding, "B" for grounding recepts. according to their designations.

Re: 240V on 120V receptacles? #4735 10/15/01 08:04 PM
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hmmmmmm, ok ...
but we only have that pix there, not much to follow up on do we??
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Re: 240V on 120V receptacles? #4736 10/16/01 02:46 AM
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I agree it's not much to go on. That's why I wondered if anyone knew some more details, perhaps someone who had been to one of these islands on vacation or work and knew if they really were standard U.S. recepts. or ones rated at 250V.

Anyone?


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