Adapter for 220V cord?


Old 02-10-18, 03:03 PM
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Adapter for 220V cord?

Hello, first time poster here. I bought a branding iron so that I could "sign" my woodworking projects. However, the cord does not fit into my shop outlets. The cord and my shop outlet are shown in the attached pictures. The appliance and the shop outlet are both 220.

Is there an adapter that can solve my problem? Perhaps a different solution?

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Old 02-10-18, 03:17 PM
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That is Australian plug (230V) on your iron. The outlet you have is 240V American plug. NEMA 6-20P to be more exact.
There are no adapter for that outlet as far as I know. That is because American 240V is usually used for high current devices only. There are adapters that will change the plug to regular 120V outlet, but the iron will not get as hot as on 208V or 240V.
The best thing to do is just the plug off and connect American plug.
Since Australia is 230V and we have 240V or 208V (if you have 3 phase) in the US, it will either run hotter or colder.
Something like this. NEMA 6-15P
NEMA 6-20P will work as well, but it is 20A plug and your iron won't be using 20A.

Another option would be just get a step up transformer. That way you can use it anywhere 120V outlet is available.
Something like this.
Old 02-10-18, 04:49 PM
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Since your branding iron is a resistance heating element it should handle minor current differences without trouble. I'd cut the plug off the end and replace it with an appropriate 240 volt one (if you are in the USA your electricity is 240 volts, not 220).

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