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Old 11-27-2013, 02:18 AM   #1
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I found this on ebay. It's 220V, 1500w and have a temperature probe. What will I need to run in an american (Canadian) kitchen ?

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Old 11-27-2013, 03:45 AM   #2
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a really good manual?

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Should be pretty easy to cut the plug off and wire up a regular three prong plug. It looks like it might only have two wires inside and if that is the case you would have to manually wire up a ground for it, otherwise I would be scared to use it.

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If it's 220v, you'll need to plug it into a 220v receptacle to get the full 1500w. If you wire it up for 120v you'll cut the wattage down to about 600watts (guesstimate, didn't do the actual calculation).

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Just cut the end off and wire an extension with a North American style 220V 20A plug.

And you probably REALLY want to ground the device, or at least the kettle (if it's metal)

Eh, it's Korean, what could go wrong?

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If it's 220v, you'll need to plug it into a 220v receptacle to get the full 1500w. If you wire it up for 120v you'll cut the wattage down to about 600watts (guesstimate, didn't do the actual calculation).
1500w at 240v would yield 375w at 120v. Not useful at 120v, and kind of waste of a 20a, 240v circuit that could take a 4500w element, IMO. If you need to wire a new circuit and your panel has room, it would be much better to put in a 30a double pole breaker and get a 5500w element.
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Just cut the end off and wire an extension with a North American style 220V 20A plug.

And you probably REALLY want to ground the device, or at least the kettle (if it's metal)

Eh, it's Korean, what could go wrong?
I am everything but an electrician..

But can I get that 220V 20A outlet mounted for cheap in my kitchen from splitting or wiring it from my standard stove plug?
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South Korea has 220V mains. In the United States mains voltage is actually 120V ± 5%, with 240 available on two legs.

If you put a 220V 1500W heater on a 240V circuit it will draw 1785W. Probably not enough to burn it out, but you never know.

The ground thing scares me, too. Plus you would probably be limited to 3-4 gallon boils.

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South Korea has 220V mains. In the United States mains voltage is actually 120V ± 5%, with 240 available on two legs.

If you put a 220V 1500W heater on a 240V circuit it will draw 1785W. Probably not enough to burn it out, but you never know.

The ground thing scares me, too. Plus you would probably be limited to 3-4 gallon boils.
With 240 available on two legs ? What do you mean by that?
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Alternating current, with 120v from different phases on each hot wire, summing to 240v.

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