[making] What to look for when you purchase small kitchen appliances in Asia?

Shopping in Asia is not only limited to clothes, novelty items, animes, and beauty supplies.  When I visit to Taiwan and Japan, in particular I’m always attracted to check out small kitchen appliances.

I’ve bought mini grill, nagashi somen (流しそうめん) machine, travel cookers, blenders and more in Japan.  I was all thrilled and excited until the grill failed to work one day and found out due to the tiny bit of 20 volts voltage different in Canada to Japan, it went out of order because Japanese appliances are designed to run on 100V electricity, and if you plug one into a 120 volts Canadian receptacle without an appropriate transformer, it can burn out, especially on appliances that produce heat.  This is actually the second Japanese appliances that burnt out, the first one was a MD mini disc player I got in the 2000s.

After all my nagashi somen machine works completely fine because it’s battery powered!

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Therefore I would not recommend anyone to purchase any heat related appliances , including grill, heater, toaster, oven etc., when you visit Asia like Taiwan or Japan with a voltage of 110V and 100V.

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There are 3 things to determine each country’s voltage standard:

  • development
  • technology
  • resources

Voltage is the difference in electric potential between two points. Common voltages supplied by power companies to consumers are 110 to 120 volts and 220 to 240 volts.  Europe and most other countries in the world use a voltage which is twice that of the US. It is between 220 and 240 volts, whereas in Japan and in most of the Americas the voltage is between 100 and 127 volts.

When you purchase appliances from other countries, please consider:

  • verify the serial number of the product
  • check on warranty fine prints
  • keep receipt or prove of purchase for warranty/return/exchange
  • check on the voltage if it’s fit to use in your home country
  • purchase appliances with dual voltage or 100-240V convertible voltage is always recommended
  • choose appliances where you can use battery or charge with USB

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平時喜歡在家研究煮食的人都會特別喜歡逛日本和台灣的家居百貨,尤其是日本小家電。

好幾年前到日本旅行,我買過一部流水麵機和一部烤肉機,不過後者用了不夠幾次就出現問題了。研究了好一陣子就發現其實日本的100V電壓雖然跟加拿大的120V非常接近,不過使用會發熱的小家電時還是會因為那20V的差別而造成損耗,所以從此之後就再不敢購買會發熱的電器了,也就是說為了避免產生故障或者造成有所損失,台灣和日本的煮食小家電都不會建議大家購買。

除了零食藥妝之外於日本必買-登登登…天花燈!

其實決定電壓標准的選擇主要有3個方面的因素:

  • 國家在發展過程中各種電壓等級
  • 國家在各個電壓等級的技術上優劣比較
  • 國家具體情況如資源問題

電壓(voltage),也稱作電勢差或電位差,是衡量單位電荷在靜電場中由於電勢不同所産生的能量差的物理量。目前世界各國室內用電所使用的電壓一般分為兩種,分別爲100V~130V,和220~240V二個類型。

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其中100V、110~130V屬於低壓,如美國、日本等以及船上的電壓設備都是按照這樣的低電壓設計的,而歐洲大部地區則為220v。在容量一樣的情況下使用低電壓送電,電流比較大,能量損耗大些,效率也就低一些。對於短距離的輸送影響不大,但是對於長距離的輸送影響就很大了。

在外國選購電器最重要考慮一下因素:

  • 核實產品的序列號
  • 核實產品的質保範圍都涵蓋哪裡,確保發票和保修卡上有零售商的印章和簽名
  • 索要發票和收據
  • 購買前需要注意電器的電壓,防止買回去不能正常使用
  • 如果可以選擇最好選購可變壓(100-240V)的型號
  • 選擇可以使用電池或者利用USB充電的電器

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