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I have been hired by an Australian company and they are sponsoring me to move there. I had a few questions about the transition such as:

- What should I do with my electronics? surround sound, xbox, dell computer (tower) etc. Are they going to work down there or should I sell them and buy some when I get there? We also got a super nice vacuum cleaner but I can see sparks flying if we are to use it. :(

- Moving companies? I see lots of posts for moving companies but most are from the UK to Oz. Anyone know of good US companies? I am recently married so we do have furniture but I am not too particularly attached to anything. Not sure if it will be easier/cheaper to sell our stuff over here and then buy when we get there or what.

- Things to take? What should I buy before we go and move it down there?
 

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Can't help on moving companies (I just used UPS and didn't have much).

Electronics:
DELL: Will work here, look at the power supply in the box of the PC, there should be an orange switch that changes the voltage from 110 to 220 (older PCs). Newer PCs maybe autoswitching, look at the sticker near the power and if you see: 100-240V/50~60Hz then it will work anywhere, you just need a plug convertor for AU (Radio Shack/Wal-Mart < $10)

Xbox, will work, you will need a VOLTAGE convertor (500w) and its a heavy metal box that will let you run an Xbox that is set for 120V run on a 240V incoming connnection (you connect the Xbox to the heavy metal box). These boxes are called Transformers (Step up and Step down).

Surround sound: Maybe will work, same thing with voltage convertor, need to support the maximum wattage your Surround sound receiver produces (1000W).

Please note the TVs in AU use 50Hz signals and US equipment produces 60Hz signals. AU receivers handle both types, but US equipment doesn't always.
However some outputs are universal: HDMI, Component, S-Video, Composite.
Antenna inputs/outputs are by country, so they won't work.
I didn't bring a Surround sound AV device and bought one here.

I have been hired by an Australian company and they are sponsoring me to move there. I had a few questions about the transition such as:

- What should I do with my electronics? surround sound, xbox, dell computer (tower) etc. Are they going to work down there or should I sell them and buy some when I get there? We also got a super nice vacuum cleaner but I can see sparks flying if we are to use it. :(

- Moving companies? I see lots of posts for moving companies but most are from the UK to Oz. Anyone know of good US companies? I am recently married so we do have furniture but I am not too particularly attached to anything. Not sure if it will be easier/cheaper to sell our stuff over here and then buy when we get there or what.

- Things to take? What should I buy before we go and move it down there?
 

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Thanks for the help with the electronics! Wont the xbox be the wrong format for games bought in Oz? (ntsc vs pal)
 

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That's true, but its still cheaper to buy games from the US and ship them here. AU Xbox games are $100 (no that's not a typo)

The TV in Oz will handle all formats, as I have my original USA Xbox (7 yrs old) working just fine.

Thanks for the help with the electronics! Wont the xbox be the wrong format for games bought in Oz? (ntsc vs pal)
 

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Holy cow! Alright I am bringing it! :) That way I dont have to work out how to transfer my files (saved games etc) off of it.
 

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yup my power supply has a switch on the back. 115 or 230. now to check on the other components, thanks!
 

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Looks like all your electronics quesitons were answered. Regarding what to bring or buy. You can get nearly anything you need in Australia (they've got Target and similar local companies as well). But if you're company is moving you and assisting with the cost, depending on how long you are staying I would suggest bringing a fair amount.

I didn't think it would be easy enough to buy things and it is, but the first month or so, you spend a lot of money getting yourself set-up. So think about the things you use every day or that you love and pack them.
 

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First one: NO NO NO NO (110V input, only if you want to see smoke). Remember this always 240V Input, 110V output. Some are switchable (that's OK).

Second one, correct, price is fine.
FRYS.com*|*Philmore ST500

This is the right track. I have two, one 1000w and one 500w. I then plug in one of the US (6 plug) power boards ($5 Home Depot style) and then plug in the various US plug devices. As long as the total < the output of the transformer (500w, 1000w) you're good to go.

The only really heavy devices are plasma TVs and Laser Printers. While a Laser printer uses about 200w while running, at startup it uses 1000w, so your transformer should always cover maximum wattage for the device you intend to plug into it. Then no nasty fuses being blown (they usually come with a spare).

For voltage converters would these work and are these good prices:
- FRYS.com*|*PHILMORE 48-1310
- FRYS.com*|*Philmore ST500
 

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Cool thanks! I will get a couple 500W ones and a 1000W one for surround sound system. Also got to get one that will cover straighteners and hair dryer for the wifey ;)
 

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Good luck. They're heavy f*ers (10-20 pounds and solid). Don't drop it on your feet.

You might want a higher one for your Surround system as some of those put out more than 1000w (look at the specs of the surround sound system).

Cool thanks! I will get a couple 500W ones and a 1000W one for surround sound system. Also got to get one that will cover straighteners and hair dryer for the wifey ;)
 

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I have been hired by an Australian company and they are sponsoring me to move there. I had a few questions about the transition such as:

- Moving companies? I see lots of posts for moving companies but most are from the UK to Oz. Anyone know of good US companies? I am recently married so we do have furniture but I am not too particularly attached to anything. Not sure if it will be easier/cheaper to sell our stuff over here and then buy when we get there or what.

- Things to take? What should I buy before we go and move it down there?
I am moving to Australia in the middle of next year and I have been using this site for tips on what to do, this includes advice on electronics.

Australia Moving & Removals Guide - Information on Relocating To Australia

They are a British company but they do US to Australia moves-hope this helps!
 

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Also had a question about a vacuum cleaner. We were given a super nice dyson dc17 (regular 450) and would like to take it with us but not sure if that would work well plugged into a transformer or if it would be worth it.

Not sure that we can take it back either.
 

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You need to check if it takes power at 240V/50 Hz. As it has an electric motor the 50 Hz part also matters (USA is 60Hz normally). If it doesn't then I don't think it will work well with a transformer (transformers can change voltage, but not the 50 Hz part). Also you'd need a very heavy transformer as vacuums use a lot of watts (max 2400W in an AU socket, 1800 Watts in a USA socket).

Unfortunately I think you'll need to leave it there and they (Dyson) cost a LOT here.

Also had a question about a vacuum cleaner. We were given a super nice dyson dc17 (regular 450) and would like to take it with us but not sure if that would work well plugged into a transformer or if it would be worth it.

Not sure that we can take it back either.
 

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Sad day. Well we actually were able to return it but only got store credit. Thanks for advice on not bringing it! :)
 

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Yes, the AU PAL games won't work on your US NTSC XBox, however US games are cheaper than AU games so just pay the postage and import your games. Also many US games come out before they come out in AU.

Thanks for the help with the electronics! Wont the xbox be the wrong format for games bought in Oz? (ntsc vs pal)
 

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Did you find a good mover? We are moving from San Fran to Canberra in January and will need a container, but I dread being the one to pack it! Any suggestions?
 

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Did you find a good mover? We are moving from San Fran to Canberra in January and will need a container, but I dread being the one to pack it! Any suggestions?
Our company showed up at the house in Seattle, put everything in boxes, loaded the container and delivered to our house in Melbourne. But they took 5 months to do it so I wouldnt go with them.
 

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Our company showed up at the house in Seattle, put everything in boxes, loaded the container and delivered to our house in Melbourne. But they took 5 months to do it so I wouldnt go with them.
Can you tell me how long it took you from getting your offer and moving to Australia? Curious as i am in the process of finding work and relocating.....
 
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