As an American living in the UK, I have both UK/European appliances
and also use some of my 110 suitably through a transformer. Don’t
buy the transformers before moving as they weigh a ton & will up your
moving weight a great deal. The 60 cycle/50 cycle problem: almost
none of your digital clocks will keep correct time. May as well put
them in storage. Do not bother to bring your microwave. Even on a
transformer the US style overheat in nanoseconds and also blow up.
Much better to get a 220v one here. I run my American vacuum cleaner
on a transformer. I think it is “aging” pretty quickly, as it was new
2 1/2 years ago. But it has a much better vacuum than the local
version, I don’t know why. Things that rotate (fans, motors, etc.)
are probably going to go slower (as the clocks) and this “may” age
them sooner than usual.
I don’t want to bore the list, but if the person wishes to know more
of the nitty gritty of daily living here, please feel free to contact
me off-list. Another person to talk to would be Brian Clarke, as he
lives in Ireland. He might have some good advice about your tools.
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