PowerBright VC2000W Step-Up/Step-Down Voltage Transformer (2000 Watt Capacity)

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Unlike most other voltage transformers, PowerBright transformers can be used as either a step up transformer or a step down transformer. This means a PowerBright transformer will work for just about anybody, no matter what the origin and destination countries may be. (Exceptions are Japan (100V) and a handful of countries whose standard voltage is 127V.) Simply select the input voltage coming from the wall outlet via a jumper on the back of the unit, and plug your appliance into the outlet on the front of the unit which matches your appliance's required input voltage.

  • Can be used in 110-120 volt countries and 220-240 volt countries
  • Convert from 220-240 volts to 110-120 volts (step down mode)
  • Converts from 110-120 volt to 220-240 volt (step up mode)
  • On/Off Switch
  • Fuse protected (2 spare 20 amp fuses included)
  • CE Approved

Unlike most other voltage transformers, PowerBright transformers can be used as either a step up transformer or a step down transformer. This means a PowerBright transformer will work for just about anybody, no matter what the origin and destination countries may be. (Exceptions are Japan (100V) and a handful of countries whose standard voltage is 127V.) Simply select the input voltage coming from the wall outlet via a jumper on the back of the unit, and plug your appliance into the outlet on the front of the unit which matches your appliance's required input voltage.

If you are bringing a U.S. or Canadian 110-120 volt appliance to a country where the voltage is 220-240 volts, you need a step down transformer. Step down transformers take the 220-240 volt electricity supplied in most countries, and convert the voltage down to 110-120 volts for use by the appliance. PowerBright transformers do that.

On the other hand, if you are bringing a 220-240 volt appliance from another country to the U.S. or Canada where the voltage is 110-120 volts, you need a step up transformer. Step up transformers take the 110-120 volt electricity supplied in the U.S. and Canada, and convert the voltage up to 220-240 volts for use by the appliance. The same PowerBright transformer will do that too.

But do I need a voltage transformer? Or would a plug adapter be enough?
Well, that depends on what you need to plug in. If your appliance's voltage matches the local voltage at your destination, then a plug adapter will do just fine all by itself. But if your appliance is not compatible with the local voltage, that's when a voltage transformer comes in. Voltage transformers actually change the local voltage to a voltage that's suitable for your appliance.

Wall outlets in most parts of the world outside of North America generally supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If you're plugging in an appliance that was built for 220-240 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need.

But plug adapters do not change voltage, so the electricity coming through the adapter will still be the same 220-240 volts the wall outlet is supplying. North American wall outlets supply electricity at between 110 and 120 volts, far lower than in most of the rest of the world. Consequently, North American appliances are generally built for 110-120 volts. But that doesn't mean that your specific appliance isn't already compatible with the higher voltage -- it may very well be. In fact, most chargers for modern smartphones/iPhones, tablets/iPads, laptops and digital cameras are already multi-voltage compatible. Check your charger for something to the effect of "Input: 100-240V" ... voila!

On the other hand, most "conventional appliances" like kitchen items, audio/video equipment, vacuum cleaners, lamps and lights, and most bath appliances are not compatible with multiple voltages, and need to have the voltage changed by way of a voltage transformer like this one. The only way to know for sure is to check the label, or the back of the manual, and determine the specific electrical input requirements for the specific device/appliance in question.

Is this transformer big enough to support my appliance?
The transformer you buy must be capable of supporting the amps and/or watts that your appliance needs in order to operate. If the transformer is too small, you will blow the fuse. The model VC2000W supports 2000 watts. So as long as your appliance is 2000 watts or less, this transformer should be fine.

The watts and/or amps that your appliance requires can be found on a label on the appliance (usually on the bottom or back) where the brand name and model number appear. If the appliance uses a charger or AC adapter, the information will appear on the charger. Look for something like this: "Input: 120V 60Hz 100W " The "W" number is the watts. For this model transformer, that "W" number should be 2000 or below.

Sometimes the label will show amps instead of watts. In that case the information would look something like: "Input: 120V 60Hz 10.0A " If the label lists amps, you can figure out a rough approximation of the watts by multiplying the amps by the volts (the "V" number). Example: 120 volts x 10.0 amps = 1200 watts. In this case, the VC2000W would in fact be big enough to support the appliance. PowerBright manufactures transformers that support up to 3000 watts!

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Capacity 2000 watts
Input Voltage 110/200/220/240 volts
Output Voltage 110/220-240 volts
Switch On-Off
Fuse Protected 20 amp fuse
Dimensions (W x H x D) 7.2 x 6.0 x 9.8 in.
Weight 35 lbs