Thread: difference between 230V + 240v ??


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whats the difference between 230v and 240v? i bought a drill (mains powered) which came as 230v, is this supposed to be correct as i thought the UK mains is 240v at 50mhz.??? Can you use a 230v electrical equipment on UK mains? can anyone shed any light before i look into sending it back and getting it replaced. thanks.

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    difference between 230V + 240v ??

    whats the difference between 230v and 240v?

    i bought a drill (mains powered) which came as 230v, is this supposed to be correct as i thought the UK mains is 240v at 50mhz.???

    Can you use a 230v electrical equipment on UK mains?

    can anyone shed any light before i look into sending it back and getting it replaced.

    thanks.


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    Re: difference between 230V + 240v ??

    ahhh looking around it says the UK was 240 and now is 230 (-6%, +10%)? with that in mind is it worth me exchanging my drill as i ordered a 240v diy tool and got a 230v and maybe there may be performance problems?

    anyone in the know?
    Last edited by logic_187; 9th June 2009 at 20:23.
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    Re: difference between 230V + 240v ??

    Are you being serious? if you are, then they will be no problems at all.

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    Re: difference between 230V + 240v ??

    Quote Originally Posted by glass View Post
    Are you being serious? if you are, then they will be no problems at all.
    Don't think he was serious about the frequency though, 50mhz?
    His drill would behave like a pneumatic on angel dust before it started to melt.

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    Re: difference between 230V + 240v ??

    it wont make any difference at all mate

    europe says 220v
    220 can be called 230 or 240. Household electricity is alternating and will naturally fluctuate within these voltages.
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    Re: difference between 230V + 240v ??

    thanks to all who replied.......where i put mhz it should have been hz (typo) ;-0

    ......and after looking around 230 seems to be the norm and shouldnt bare any impact on perfromance.
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    Re: difference between 230V + 240v ??

    Quote Originally Posted by logic_187 View Post
    whats the difference between 230v and 240v?

    i bought a drill (mains powered) which came as 230v, is this supposed to be correct as i thought the UK mains is 240v at 50mhz.???

    Can you use a 230v electrical equipment on UK mains?

    can anyone shed any light before i look into sending it back and getting it replaced.

    thanks.
    It took me a few years to catch up with the change in voltage but not as long as you

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    Re: difference between 230V + 240v ??

    Quote Originally Posted by logic_187 View Post
    ......and after looking around 230 seems to be the norm and shouldnt bare any impact on perfromance.
    I'm not sure how it could impact performance. not many household products, actually use 220-240v. that is simply the input voltage(from the mains) the transformer in the unit will accept. it, usually, bares no relation to the voltage the equipment actually uses. those that do run direct, simply have the range, built in, to handle the difference. (which, in truth, is pox all). it will be the amps delivered that will determine performance, not volts.

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    Re: difference between 230V + 240v ??

    Quote Originally Posted by logic_187 View Post
    whats the difference between 230v and 240v?

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    Answer 10v

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    Re: difference between 230V + 240v ??

    Thats correct about the current being used against the volts input, thats where you go into a different kettle of fish and start talking power factors etc, but you dont want to know about that, you can actually run most things at a reduced voltage without too many issues which would in turn save you money and being 'greener' as well



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