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Does anyone have a Eurocave wine cellar which has been converted from 110v to 220v?

We have a Eurocave wine cellar purchased in the US. This is a model 266, single temperature glass door model. I've sent messages to to Eurocave in France and Wine Enthusiast in the US with no response.

I checked into it a long time ago and have the impression that it is a simple change, but now cannot find any detail now. Anyone have any experience with this conversion?

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Easy enough to find on google.co.uk

UK to USA Voltage Converter

I presume of you try google.fr you'll get some suppliers here.


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Does anyone have a Eurocave wine cellar which has been converted from 110v to 220v?

We have a Eurocave wine cellar purchased in the US. This is a model 266, single temperature glass door model. I've sent messages to to Eurocave in France and Wine Enthusiast in the US with no response.

I checked into it a long time ago and have the impression that it is a simple change, but now cannot find any detail now. Anyone have any experience with this conversion?

Thanks,
Ron
Ron, a simple voltage converter may not work, most refrigeration devices have a compressor motor and the US version will be 110vac 60Hz, whereas the current coming out of the wall in France is 240vac, 50Hz. The voltage converter (transformer) will take care of the 110 - 240 problem but it cannot change the 50 - 60Hz. Therefore your compressor will run 20% slower, in fact it might not start at all as compressors have a high-start current requirement.

Your options (apart from buying a new one in Europe) is to see if the manufacturer can supply a 50Hz 240vac compressor for yours.

Now if I'm wrong and your cooler does not have a motor in it you are OK with a transformer.

Personally I have found these manufacturers less than helpful with this issue, probably because the stuff is all made in Taiwan (or similar) in batches and they don't stock spares - they'll just offer a replacement if it fails. So even though the factory turns out both 110v and 240v versions, it's nigh on impossible to just buy the right power supply.

Why America ever started off at 110 vac 60Hz I'll never know - almost the entire world is 240vac 50Hz.

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Thanks for the replies.

The wine cooler is made by a French company, but like many French companies, customer service is a distant 3rd after sales and marketing. I've contacted the company, but have received no response.

As for a transformer, this is not an option, as stated by RYND2IT, there is the necessity of converting both voltage and cycles. I seem to recall checking on this before leaving the US and had found some information to the effect that the conversion could be made without changing the compressor, but now that I am in France a couple of years later, this information has dried up.

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Thanks for the replies.

The wine cooler is made by a French company, but like many French companies, customer service is a distant 3rd after sales and marketing. I've contacted the company, but have received no response.

As for a transformer, this is not an option, as stated by RYND2IT, there is the necessity of converting both voltage and cycles. I seem to recall checking on this before leaving the US and had found some information to the effect that the conversion could be made without changing the compressor, but now that I am in France a couple of years later, this information has dried up.

Regards,
Ron
Hi Ron,

Purely by chance I was looking at the world-import.com website where they list various transformers for different parts of the world. They claim success with using them for refrigerators - might be worth contacting them. I've dealt with them many times, really helpful people,

FWIW

David

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