Grainfather power adapter/supply

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RickyLopez

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Uuuggggh wtf! I bought Grainfather G40 knowing it was a kiwi product- however never realized it comes with a kiwi power plug!!!

what do I do? I’ve talked to a few people and they’ve mentioned getting the adapters and then setting up the electrical panel to deliver 220 volts to a specific socket- sounds like a god damn headache!!!!!!

is that truly my only option? Should I send it back in favor of a different system?

what do I do? I’m totally clueless with electric stuff.

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If the unit has a heater intended for 240V then yep, rewiring is the best, and proper, option. Cut the current plug and wire an "American" style plug instead, and then have an outlet to match.

Do you have any 240V already in existence? Clothes dryer for example? Stove? You might be a step closer than you think.
 

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Are you sure it's a kiwi plug or is it this?
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This is what the american g40 should come with, it is a nema6-15r. G40 can't plug into a regular outlet, it needs one of these (is used for wall mounted ac units on a dedic 240v line), dryer receptacles or stove receptacles as it runs 240v not 120v.
 

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I had the same sitiuation, to make it easier, I decided to set up my G40 next to the electric panel in the basement. It turned out my panel was full, so i bought a few mini breakers and a 240v breaker and ran it 6 feet to a nema 6-20
 

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Straight from the GF40 site below. It has Standard US plug. If it has a NZ or UK or other plug, it is wrong model. If a product is sold in the US that is electric, it has to have a standard US plug or outlet on it per Federal regulation. If you don't anything about electrical items, hire an electrician


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Please note - this system comes standard with a NEMA 6-15P plug, and requires access to a 220v-240v power supply.
 

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you need 240v to run the g40 so you either need to get a dedicated receptacle installed or use an existing electric dryer or oven receptacle. you don't need to cut the cord and wire on a new plug, they make adapter cords to go from one configuration to another. below works with a modern electric clothes dryer:


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there are multiple adapter cord configurations out there, need to know what you plan on plugging it into to ensure you get the right type.
 
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Right, had assumed it was actually a foreign plug but maybe not. Need to know what it actually looks like.

If OP returns, that is. Maybe already figured it out.
 

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Judging by his now having a thread asking for help with an s40, it looks like he didn’t bother checking replies (or decided he couldn't be bothered brewing at a 240 putlet or getting electrical work done) and returned the unit for a 120v s40.

just to clarify for @Brewdog80 you misinterpreted the quote you gave, It is not a standard US plug, it is a nema 6-15. Nema 1-15 (2 prong) and 5-15 (3 prong) are the two US 120v standard plugs. The line you quoted is using the word standard to indicate which plug comes by default with a US g40 system, not saying that it is itself the US “standard”…
 
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