Foreign Electrical Adapter Plugs (273-1405) Hints and Tips Faxback Doc. # 17799 Electrical appliances built for use in the United States and Canada are designed to operate on 110 volts AC. Most other countries operate on 220 volts AC. Your customers who want to use a favorite appliance while traveling overseas need to convert 220 volts to 110 volts AC. Otherwise, their appliance could be seriously damaged or even destroyed. We sell four products for just this purpose: our 50-Watt Foreign Travel AC Converter/Transformer (Cat. No. 273-1401, $16.99), our 1600-Watt Foreign Travel AC Converter (Cat. No. 273-1404, $19.99), our 1000-Watt Foreign Travel AC Converter (Cat. No. 273-1402, $17.99) and our Dual-Power Foreign Travel AC Converter (Cat. No. 273-1410, $34.99). These voltage converters are designed to be used for short periods while traveling with personal appliances. They shouldn't be used with any large appliances, power tools, or any permanently installed equipment. In those cases, you should recommend a step down transformer (CMC has them see the article "Overseas Voltage Converters" in the August 1994 Merchandising Newsletter). (Remind your customers that American appliances operate at 60 cycles, while most foreign electricity operates at 50 cycles. While this might cause appliances, such as clocks, to run slightly slower than normal, even with a voltage converter, it won't harm them in any way.) Two Types: Which Do You Need? Transformer -type voltage converters (such as the 273-1401) reproduce a true sine wave output that's identical to normal household electricity, and can be used with any small electrical appliance. Solid state voltage converters (such as the 273-1404) don't produce a sine wave output; they can only be used with heating appliances . 273-1401 Designed for use with 110 volt appliances rated 50 watts or less. It uses a step-down transformer to reduce 220 volts to 110 volts. Use it to power low wattage appliances such as battery chargers, calculators, camcorders, contact lens disinfectors, curling irons, oral hygiene devices, notebook computers, portable cassette/CD players, radios, shavers and trimmers. (Note that the 273-1401 has a maximum rating of 50 watts, and always check the appliance's identification label for its wattage rating before using any voltage converter.) 273-1404 A solid state voltage converter. It's designed for use with 110 volt heating appliances rated up to 1600 watts, such as coffee makers, food/bottle warmers, hairdryers, hair roller sets, heating pads/blankets, hot plates, irons, lamps, steamers, and toasters. Don't use the 273-1404 with auto start/shutoff coffee makers and irons, or electronically-controlled blankets or toasters. All of these items contain electronic components and must have a transformer-type voltage converter. Because these appliances usually have high wattage ratings, the transformers they need weigh several pounds and might not be practical for overseas travel. 273-1402 Same function as 273-1404, but rated 1000 watts maximum. 273-1410 Combines the features of the 273-1401 and 273-1404. Its selector switch allows your customer to use the 273-1410 with low wattage appliances rated up to 50 watts, or high wattage heating appliances rated up to 1600 watts. Portable CD Player Power Adapters In the December 1994 Merchandising Newsletter , we told you that the Owner's Manuals for our Optimus CD-3420 (Cat. No. 42-5039) and Optimus CD- 3450 (Cat. No. 42-5042) portable CD players list incorrect catalog numbers for the units' DC power adapters. Don't lose a sale because a customer can't find the right adapter for his or her CD player. The correct DC power adapter for the CD-3420 is Cat. No. 270-1566 or Express Order No. 10436814 ($29.99), available through CMC. The Owner's Manual lists the correct AC power adapter (Cat. No. 273-1659 or Express Order No. 10449106, $17.99), also available through CMC. The CD-3450's manual lists the correct AC power adapter (Cat. No. 16-2018, $19.99), available in all stores. The correct DC power adapter for the CD-3450 is available through CMC (Cat. No. 16-2019 or Express Order No. 10279800, $19.99). This item is on backorder and will be moving from CMC to store stock in the near future. Both adapters will be receiving new catalog numbers in the 270 or 273 series. Watch POS and the Merchandising Newsletter for further details. Until more stock of the 16-2019 adapter is available, you can substitute our universal high-current DC adapter (Cat. No. 270-1562, $16.99) from store stock, plus a Sony 1.7 ID adaptaplug (Cat. No. 270-1575 or 10274066, $2.49), available through CMC. The POS add-on display has been updated to show the correct adapters. In the future, we hope to have only one AC adapter and only one DC adapter that fit all of our portable CD models.