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Old 21-08-2012, 05:09   #1
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A quick question...bringing a boat from the West Indies with 220 volt electrical system, what is needed to connect it to the Australian 240 vac system.
Are the plugs different, is the frequency different, are Australian appliances suitable for 220 volt, is the boat electrical system capable of handling 240 volt....or do we just purchase those travellers plug adaptors ?

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Old 21-08-2012, 05:24   #2
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I have a european cat the only difference in 220/240 is the plugs freq is same and both systems run an earth, all we do is keep the boat as it is and change the plugs on tools/appliances or use adapters, it's not a big problem.

If it was 110v it would be an issue converting the boat however it's simpler in that case to use a transformer on the shorepower.
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Old 22-08-2012, 01:00   #3
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When we got our boat back to NZ we had to get the face plates changed around to get the electrical WOF. The French connections are upside down to NZ = the phase is below the earth on the French. We simply replaced all the face plates with sexy new NZ ones re-wired accordingly(same as OZ).
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Old 22-08-2012, 02:51   #4
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So Kiwikat
Is NZ 240 volt ac as well
If so are you saying that 240 volt didn't upset the systems onboard ?

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Old 22-08-2012, 03:17   #5
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240 volt and 220 volt is not an issue most appliances on their tags show the range....
220-240v
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Thanks L4us

The official voltage for Australia and New Zealand is 240 volts with most electrical goods operating at around the 220 240 volt mark...

Power adapters — Contikipedia: Tour and Travel Tips — Contiki Tours

or here:

Electricity Around the World


We plug directly into shore power with no problems: laptops, washing machine, water heating, appliances etc........ it's all good.
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Thankyou for the help I will do that.
Second question..how did you deal with the propane, butane, LPG gas issue with the different fittings and dis you change the burner jets ?

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Schmacko, our gas bottles that came with the boat were not recognised in NZ and we could not get them refilled so we just had to bite the bullet and buy brand new bottles. Also had to change the regulator as the French did not fit NZ standard bottles. I'm not exactly sure this was a bad thing as the oven on the boat was like a furnace prior to the changeover. Now it appears to be a much more sedate temperature as we have always been used to (coincidence??). The stove top remains as normal.

BTW our French appliances (vacuum cleaner, electric mixer, power drill etc)....... we just cut the old french plug end off, replaced it with NZ (after faceplate change) and all run as normal.

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Just adding to the above, We could have got the old bottles tested and recertificated in NZ but they needed what they called a "C" number, something like a manufacturers number or hallmark type thing. Unfortunately our bottles were completely devoid of any markings at all. I'm not sure what the rules are over here in Oz but it could be worth checking out.
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The West Indies voltage and tolerance will vary with which country but they are either 220 or 230v with some 110. The usual tolerance is +10 to -6%. Australia like UK was nominally 240V and is now officially 230V. New Zealand is officially 230v +/- 6%.

UK was 240v and went down to 230V (although people still call it 240v) to harmonise with Europe which went up from 220 to 230. This was achieved without any fuss for consumers (and probably most are unaware the change has taken place) as all products had to be designed to meet the tolerances which were quite wide anyway. The only noticeable effect was that things which used old fashioned linear power supplies like car battery chargers had a slightly lower output. Switch mode power supplies are unnaffected.

This is a long winded way to say it will be ok
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Rapanui you make it sound so simple

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