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A year and half I went home to USA for a visit . I bought a George Forman grill and brought back with me but I haven’t fired it up yet . Gril is designed to use 120 volt at 60 hz ,will it work in Thailand ?

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No. You need a step-down transformer to bring the voltage down from 220V to 120V.

Unfortunately, as Thailand is 50 Hz and you can't change it, any motors will run faster.

 

I used to work on a ship built in the US, but worked in Asia. When we bought new clothes tumble-dryers that were 50 Hz, the drums rotated too fast so that the clothes just stuck to the drum and didn't tumble.

In the end, we had to order from Japan, which uses 60 Hz.

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You can drop voltage with a transformer but should be at least 30% larger that the wattage used by grill as they are always over-rated and expensive if used much as a lot of waste energy.  If there is a 60Hz motor involved it will run slow and may also overheat.  Gas grills are the normal type used here.

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Four choices:

1.  Transformer 230-115v at a higher rating than electric element of grill.  Cost will be a bit to perchance and even more to run.

2.  Buy 220v electric element and replace - if you can get someone to source/install the much better option.

3.  Buy local and let someone else have the headache.

4.  Live without.

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26 minutes ago, lopburi3 said:

Four choices:

1.  Transformer 230-115v at a higher rating than electric element of grill.  Cost will be a bit to perchance and even more to run.

2.  Buy 220v electric element and replace - if you can get someone to source/install the much better option.

3.  Buy local and let someone else have the headache.

4.  Live without.

I think buy local all these grills are basically the same. Sure there is a bit of quality difference but not that much. Just buy a realtively expensive one.

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1 hour ago, lopburi3 said:

Four choices:

1.  Transformer 230-115v at a higher rating than electric element of grill.  Cost will be a bit to perchance and even more to run.

2.  Buy 220v electric element and replace - if you can get someone to source/install the much better option.

3.  Buy local and let someone else have the headache.

4.  Live without.

Option 3 is the easiest answer. George Forman grills readily available from Lazada. At the correct voltage.

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57 minutes ago, Average man said:

In the us you can take one leg 240 , and ground or neutral to make 120 volts . But here they have no ground or numeral leg .

The voltage between hot and neutral is 220 volts here in Thailand - totally different systems.  And yes they do have ground here even if some do not use it.

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5 hours ago, lopburi3 said:
6 hours ago, Average man said:

In the us you can take one leg 240 , and ground or neutral to make 120 volts . But here they have no ground or numeral leg .

The voltage between hot and neutral is 220 volts here in Thailand - totally different systems.  And yes they do have ground here even if some do not use it.

Yep. In the US the power transformers are SPLIT PHASE where the Neutral is center tapped on the transformer coil.  (see Wikipedia: Split-phase electric power). Thailand equipment doesn't do that, so you'd have to buy your own, or a stepdown, transformer to get 120v.

 

...the 220v small version of the George Forman Grill draw about 3500 watts.

 

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