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  • Cyber Week Sales on Electronics, Appliances & Voltage Converters

    cyber week sales at 220 ElectronicsThanksgiving has come & gone. While Black Friday boasts some of the best savings of the year, nothing compares to our Cyber Week Sales at 220 Electronics. We regularly offer a huge selection of Region-Free and Multi-system Electronics at rock bottom prices and we guarantee the lowest prices anywhere, on everything we sell.... However, right now those everyday low prices have been cut even lower through December 4th.
     
    Whether you're looking for a new Multisystem Smart TV, a Region-Free Blu-ray Player, or a voltage converter to power it all - now is the time to buy. Shop the most popular models from the top brand names now and get unbeatable deals with our Cyber Week Specials. There's no telling what you might find, or how much you might save!
     
    Here's just a few of the excellent deals we're offering during Cyber Week!
     
    20% off all Voltage Converters and Transformers!
     
    Save an Extra 15% on Select Blu-ray Players!
     
    Save BIG on Various Items like Home Theater Systems, Audio/Video Receivers, 220-Volt Kitchen Appliances and More!
     
    Are you in the market for 220-volt electronics and appliances? Do you need some personal items for overseas travel? Trying to find that perfect gift for the film-fanatic in your family? We have what you're looking for! Now is also the perfect time to arrange your overseas move - we can make your life easier by saving you a boatload on everything you need to relocate to a foreign country.
     
    We are the global leaders in international electronics, appliances and relocation. With over 35 years of experience, our prices, service and dedication are unbeatable. Make our Cyber Week Sales work for you today! Visit www.220-Electronics.com today and get the deals you've waited all year for.

  • Voltage Transformers for Foreign Electronics & Appliances

    voltage transformersMany people don't realize that all electronics and appliances are designed to be used with a specific voltage. Throughout the world, different regions and countries use various voltages of electricity. In North America for example, the standard voltage is 120 volts. Europe on the other hand, uses 220 volts. In each of these areas, the electronics and appliances which are sold are intended for use with the domestic voltage. Any attempts to use a device or appliance with the improper voltage can cause damage to the device, electrocution, and even fire or personal injury.
     
    If you have an electronic device or appliance that you intend to use overseas, it's critical that a voltage transformer is used. Voltage transformers regulate (increase or decrease depending on the need) electricity and deliver the proper voltage so that foreign devices can be used safely. This makes it simple to travel, vacation, or relocate to an overseas destination and still be able to use whatever you're bringing with you.
     
    There are many different types and styles of voltage transformers available on the market for purchase from a variety of retailers. The typical transformer plugs into your wall outlet and has its own outlets built in. All you have to do to use it is plug it in, select the proper voltage setting for your electronics, and then plug the electronics directly into the converter.
     
    Before you purchase a voltage transformer, it's important to choose the proper type. The two main things to consider are the voltage required for your devices and the watts they require to operate. This information is available on the device, the power cord, or the manufacturer's label somewhere on the device or power cable. If you're intending to use 220-volt devices in a 120-volt location, you'll need a step-up transformer. This will increase the local voltage from 120 volts up to 220 so you can safely use your devices. If you're intending to use a 120-volt device in a 220-volt country, you'll need a step-down transformer to decrease the voltage to the proper and safe level. Step-up and step-down transformers can be purchased individually, but step-up/step-down voltage transformers are also available and can be used anywhere in the world.
     
    It's important to note that some electronics (and especially major appliances) are rated for a specific wattage but may actually draw slightly more power. This makes it important to purchase a converter that's been rated for at least double the wattage of the devices you intend to use. For example, a blender requiring 900 volts to operate would be best used with a 1500 or 2000 watt voltage transformer. This eliminates any risk of damage or failure during power surges or fluctuations during use.
     
    To learn more about voltage transformers and understand how to choose the perfect model for your needs, check out our Voltage Transformer Buying Guide. We have a variety of Voltage Transformers to choose from, ranging from 50 to 25,000 volts. You can shop our complete selection of voltage transformers for basic personal needs up to models that can handle multiple major appliances. For more information or assistance, contact us today and our specialists will gladly help you with choosing the proper type and model.

  • 220-Volt KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixers

    220-volt kitchenaid artisan mixerWith the holidays coming up soon, there's no better time to host a family gathering or a dinner party with friends. There's also no better time to get your hands on a 220 Volt KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer to streamline your efforts in the kitchen. With vibrant colors that lend a stylish appearance and proven KitchenAid performance that's designed to last a lifetime, you can't go wrong.
     

    Designed for 220 Volts

    Specifically designed for use with 220 to 240 volts and 50Hz, our KitchenAid Artisan Mixers pack plenty of power thanks to a 325-watt motor. Made to handle even the toughest mixing jobs, it comes equipped with a 5 quart stainless steel bowl, a wire whip, a dough hook, a flat beater and a pouring shield. The bowl's comfort handle and the classic tilt-back design make it easier than ever to use and clean. From mixing bread dough and cake batter to preparing omelets for a party of 10, KitchenAid stand mixers make things easier, faster, and more efficient.
     

    10-Speed Mixing Control

    Take complete control over the speed and intensity of the job with 10 selectable mixing speeds. The slide control makes it easy to change speeds on-the-fly, from a very slow stir to a rapid whip. This provides improved control and a perfect level of mixing for almost any baking task or recipe imaginable.
     

    Power Hub for Additional KitchenAid Attachments

    As an innovator in all things kitchen, KitchenAid has included a power hub with the Artisan mixer, allowing for the use of a variety of attachments which are sold separately. These include a can opener attachment, citrus juicer attachment, food grinder attachment, grain mill attachment, ice cream maker attachment, a pasta roller/cutter attachment and more.
     

    Get Your 220 Volt KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer Today

    One of the great things about the 220 Volt KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixers is the variety of bold and vibrant colors. From Cobalt Blue to Green Apple and everything in-between, there's something for every taste - you might find a color to match your kitchen's color scheme.
     
    You can view our complete inventory of 220 Volt KitchenAid Artisan Mixers to learn more and choose the color that suits you best. With over 35 years of experience in 220 volt appliances & electronics, you can rest assured that you're getting top notch customer service and the guaranteed lowest price from 220-Electronics. Don't delay, get yours now while they last - these sell very quick!

  • Region Free Blu-ray Players: More Than Just Movies

    region free blu-ray playersWe've came a long way since the glory days of VHS tapes. Even DVD Players seem rather ancient right now with their capabilities limited only to disc playback. The invention and advancement of Blu-ray has brought with it much more than just improved resolution and sound clarity; it's opened up a whole new world of home media.
     
    Combined with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other smartphone technology such as applications, the Blu-ray Player has transformed home theater into a vast world of endless media possibilities. We can share photos and video from our phones onto our TV screens without the need for cables. We can access and our favorite music playlists from our laptop in another room and play that music on our surround sound system without ever touching the laptop - and then we can adjust the volume using our smartphone while sitting on the back porch. We can check the weather, communicate with our friends and even surf the web directly from our Blu-ray players. We have access to thousands of hours of movies and TV shows that require nothing more than our internet connection and the use of our remote control. We can share our tablet or smartphone screen on our TV and vice versa. It's actually rather amazing if you think about it.
     
    A Region Free Blu-ray Player takes all these conveniences and pushes it a step further by allowing you to use it anywhere, to play any disc, on any TV. That's right. While it might not mean much to you at home, there are some serious benefits to this.
     
    When you purchase a Blu-ray Player from Wal-Mart or Best Buy, you're getting a player designed to work with the local voltage, capable of playing blu-ray discs that are sold only in your country. With a region-free player, you're getting a unit that works with any voltage (from 110 to 240 volts) and is capable of playing any disc, from anywhere in the world. Region-Free players also work with any TV, thanks to their internal video conversion. You can take the player to Canada, China, Russia, or Brazil or anywhere else - it will always work. No voltage converters needed and no worries about foreign disc playback. While this is perfect for the world traveler, it's also perfect for anyone who likes to purchase, collect and watch foreign film titles.
     
    It's important to note that Region Free Blu-ray Players are specially modified by professionals. The modified players are the same brands and models sold in big box stores, but the ones in those stores have not been modified. If you see a player that's region-free, don't expect to go purchase that player in your local electronics store. They won't have the region free version and you'll end up disappointed with your purchase. It's important to purchase from a reputable retailer who specializes in the sales of Region-Free Blu-ray Players and global electronics.
     
    With the advancements that Blu-ray technology has delivered to our home theaters, it only makes sense to own a player that has no restrictions for use or playback. Region Free Blu-ray Players offer exactly that, you get the best of both worlds. Stream media, watch your favorite movies, surf the web, listen to your music, share your photos, access your image & video library, and use your smartphone as a remote control to do it all - from anywhere in the world, on any TV.
     
    So what are you waiting for? Learn more about Region Free Blu-ray Players and check out our huge selection of the top brands by visiting or website at 220-Electronics.com right now. As a global leader in region-free electronics, you're going to get the best price and unmatched customer service. Upgrade your home entertainment experience with a Region Free Blu-ray Player today.

  • 220-Volt Kitchen Appliances for Travelers and Expats

    220 volt kitchen appliances for travelers and expatsAround the world in practically any country or culture, the kitchen is one of the most cherished and used spaces in the home. From preparing a pot of coffee before heading out to work to making your mom's secret chili recipe, we spend a lot of time in our kitchens. We eat there, we socialize there, and we read the Sunday newspaper there over juice and donuts.
     
    The kitchen is usually the most centralized part of the home and so it only makes sense that it's well-equipped. Most of us have an array of tools and gadgets in our kitchens that we use for food preparation - blenders, grinders, coffee pots, mixers, slow cookers, can openers, microwaves, toasters, waffle irons, etc. - the list goes on and on. Some of these things get more use than others, but they're always there when we need them. There's a certain level of comfort knowing that we have the tools for the job, no matter how big or small.
     
    Now let's fast forward a moment to your retirement in a foreign country, or your 2-year work contract overseas, your new expatriate life in the Philippines or the cozy apartment you bought in London. If you're coming from North America, surely you'll need to populate your new kitchen with all the necessary gadgets and tools, right? You could always bring them overseas with you, but these items can add up quick and it's not always practical to pay for extra luggage on a 16 hour flight. Do you really want to travel with an extra 2 suitcases awkwardly packed with bulky items like a toaster, a juicer, pressure cooker, or a food dehydrator? Probably not. And if you did bring them, you'll have to use a voltage converter to properly use them since most foreign countries operate at 220-volt electricity which your American appliances are not designed for.
     
    Surely there's an easier solution, right? Of course there is.
     

    220-Volt Kitchen Appliances

    Specialists like ourselves (220-electronics) have everything you could need for the kitchen, from the top brand names, specifically designed for use with 220-volt electricity. This means no transformers or voltage converters and no extra hassle. THese appliances are plug & play, just like the ones you'd buy at home. Furthermore, you can choose from the same brands your used to. After just one trip to the store in a foreign country you'll probably realize that your selection is limited, the prices are higher, and you can't even find the products or brands you're familiar with.
     

    Where to find 220-Volt Kitchen Appliances

    Att 220-Electronics, we stock the most popular and highest rated 220 volt kitchen appliances available. We carry the latest models from your favorite brands at the guaranteed lowest prices - and we'll ship anywhere in the world. What give you the convenience to shop from the comfort of your home for everything you'll need to setup your new kitchen. We're not just limited to blenders and toasters either. We carry major appliances such as dishwashers, ranges, refrigerators, freezers and more. It's all available to you at the best prices, backed by our excellent customer service.
     

    Buying the Right 220-Volt Kitchen Appliances

    Not sure what you need? Take a look and browse our 220-volt kitchen appliances. Or, you can give us a call at 877-578-0587 or 847-640-9000 (international) and our customer service representatives will be more than happy to help you find the proper products and arrange shipping directly to your door. We'll even arrange for specialized shipping so your items will arrive shortly after you arrive at your destination, eliminating downtime and making for a comfortable new kitchen without ever having to shop department stores. This can be especially beneficial and convenient if you're heading to a country with a language you're not fluent in.
     
    With over 35 years of experience, it's hard to go wrong with 220-electronics. We're world leaders in international electronics and appliances and our extensive customer base and rave reviews speak for themselves. Give us a call or 220 volt electronics and appliances. We'll make your life easier so you can focus your energy on more productive aspects of your move.

  • Region Free Oppo Blu-ray Players

    region free oppo blu-ray playersIn the today's world of Blu-ray technology there is an endless choice of players to choose from. Almost all of the popular electronics manufacturers offer their own respective models, from economical to the higher-end players and everything in-between. It's true that you get what you pay for, but there's something to be said for the lack of quality with most models. Cheap plastics, miniature remote controls and players that have a generic look and feel to them are among the most common on the store shelves. It seems that the electronics of 20 years ago with solid build quality, high-end components and long lifespans are almost non-existent nowadays.
     
    There is one manufacturer, however, who manufactures Blu-ray players of excellent quality and performance; Oppo. Often considered "high end", Oppo's attention to detail and commitment to the highest quality audio & video performance cannot be denied. They consistently produce some of the very finest Blu-ray players available on the market today.
     

    Oppo Quality Construction

    If you're sick and tired of flimsy, lightweight players made from low-quality components, an Oppo Blu-ray player will bring a definitive sigh of relief. Built upon a steel chassis with an aluminum faceplate and a center mounted disc loader, Oppo's players are designed for durability and performance. Their smallest and most inexpensive model, the BDP-103 weighs in at a solid 11 pounds while their flagship model BDP-105 weighs in at a hefty 17.3 pounds. Their rigidity and weight allows them to remain planted in place while avoiding interference or vibration, even with hard-hitting bass from your home theater speakers.
     
    Did we mention Oppo's players are also quiet? Unique passive cooling technology allows for a fan less design that keeps the player running cool and quiet at all times.
     

    Oppo Performance

    Anyone who owns an Oppo knows. The performance of these players is second to none and sure to please even the most discriminating buyer. The Region Free Oppo BDP-105 is built upon a reference-quality Sabre32 Audio DAC, which is the world's finest performing 32-bit audio solution. It also features Darbee Visual Presence video technology to deliver imagery like you've never seen before. Even the less expensive BDP-103 is equipped with Qdeo technology by Marvell, featuring the Kyoto-G2H video processor for flawless video performance. With Oppo, it's not just about 1080p or 4K, it's about creating the absolute best audio and video experience by incorporating the finest quality components available today. Not only do Oppo Blu-ray players offer multiple picture modes, up-conversion and true 24p video, they also feature the unparalleled high fidelity audio for even the most discerning audiophiles. Loaded with input and output features, there are several ways to run your Oppo, including digital and coaxial outputs in addition to HDMI.
     

    Oppo Region-Free

    What's better than having one of the world's finest Blu-ray Players? Knowing that you can use it anywhere in the world to play any disc on any TV. The Region Free Oppo BDP-103 and Region Free Oppo BDP-105 feature worldwide voltage, allowing you to plug & play without the need for a voltage transformer. The player can be used with any voltage from 110 to 240 volts. The Region-Free playback lets you play both Blu-ray and DVD discs from any region in the world, perfect for those who travel or purchase foreign titles. Last but not least, internal PAL/NTSC conversion gives you the flexibility to use your Oppo with any TV. There's no need for an external video converter or messy wiring, the Oppo handles the conversion for you. Region Free Oppo Blu-ray Players are truly made for global use - it works anywhere and plays anything, giving you confidence and peace of mind.
     

    Learn More About Region Free Oppo Blu-ray Players

    If we've piqued your interest, you're probably curious about everything else Oppo Blu-ray Players have to offer. They're jam-packed with the most useful and convenient features you could imagine, and then some. Check out more details about Region Free Oppo Blu-ray Players today on our website. If you're in the market for the best, you'll have a hard time passing up an Oppo. You surely won't regret it, and there's a good chance it'll be the last Blu-ray Player you'll ever need to buy.

  • International Video Converters for PAL, NTSC and Secam

    international video converterIf you've found yourself in a situation where you're using a foreign TV, or, using a foreign Blu-ray Player with your TV, you probably have a dilemma. See, most electronics are designed to be used specifically in the country or region where they're purchased. They're compatible with the local color system which determines how the picture is decoded and recreated on your TV screen. If your TV, cable box or Blu-ray player is foreign, they're probably not compatible. But don't worry, if you don't own a Multisystem TVs or Region-Free Blu-ray Player, there's another solution - the international video converter.
     

    What Is An International Video Converter?

    An international video converter allows you to easily connect a TV, cable box, satellite TV system, gaming system or Blu-ray Player to one another so they two can be compatible. They literally bridge the gap between the three main color systems - PAL, NTSC, and Secam.
     

    How Does An International Video Converter Work?

    The converters are plug & play. Most of them feature worldwide voltage, meaning they can be used anywhere with any voltage from 110 volts up to 240 volts. Depending on the model, international video converters utilize standard HDMI, component, analog composite (RCA), or a S-Video cables. The signal originates from your input source (TV signal/cable/Blu-ray Player) and is fed into the converter and then out of the converter and into your TV. What's happening in the converter is complicated, but in simple terms it's preparing everything for the proper format used by your TV. Some converters even improve the quality of the picture by up-scaling to the highest possible resolution for your TV - however that depends on the model you're using.
     

    Where Can I Get An International Video Converter?

    Converters can be purchased from a variety of places but it's best to choose a reputable retailer. At 220-Electronics, we carry a variety of International Video Converters that offer different options to suit specific needs. We have over 35+ years of experience and the know-how to help you choose the perfect converter for your situation. Check out our International Video Converters to get started. If you need any help, our team will be happy to assist you. To make things even better, we guarantee the lowest prices and will beat any & all competitors.

  • Region-Free Blu-ray Players For Travelers and Expats

    region free blu-ray players for travelers and expatsOne of the biggest inconveniences from people who move, retire or live for extended periods overseas is that they can't watch their movies on a Blu-ray or DVD Player. The reason for this is simple - discs and disc players are designed, manufactured and sold to only play movies from their respective region.
     
    For example, a Blu-ray player from Europe will not play discs sold in australia, nor would it play discs from the USA. Likewise, a North American Blu-ray player won't play discs from Europe, Japan, or South America. The reasons for this are many, but the reasons aren't really important. What's important is to understand that a simple, effective, reliable and affordable alternative is right at your fingertips. The Region-Free Blu-ray Player.
     

    What is a Region-Free Blu-ray Player?

    Region-Free Players (both Blu-ray and DVD) are specially modified players that will play discs from any region in the world. Typically a 3rd party business will buy the most popular brands & models of which are available in stores and then modify the hardware professionally. Once the modifications are complete, the players are sold as region-free models. Consumers can purchase these models and play discs from any region without worry.
     
    Another great aspect of region-free players is their compatibility with the electrical voltage and color systems of foreign countries. Let's take a look below at this works.
     

    Voltage

    In North America, all players are designed for 120 volts use because that's the standard electrical voltage. In other regions of the world, it's usually 220 to 240 volts. To make things simple, region-free players feature worldwide voltage, allowing you to flip a switch on the back to choose your operating voltage depending on your location. This lets you use a region-free player anywhere in the world without the need for a bulky voltage transformer or converter.
     

    Color Systems

    As far as color systems are concerned, the resolution and color format varies from continent to continent. PAL, NTSC, and Secam are the 3 major color systems, and if you try to use a PAL Blu-ray player with a NTSC TV, they'll be incompatible. The hardware inside the TV won't be able to process the formatting of the disc, or, process the information the Blu-ray player sends the TV. To resolve this incompatibility issue, you'd normally have to purchase an audio/video converter. Luckily, 95% of region-free players have been modified with internal PAL/NTSC/Secam conversion. There's no need to buy converters and deal with messy wires and additional costs. It's plug and play!
     

    Region-Free Blu-ray Players Are A Perfect Solution

    As you can probably see now, the benefits of owning a region-free player are several. It can play discs from anywhere in the world and it will work at any voltage. It can also work with any TV, regardless of the color system. You can literally take these players anywhere in the world, play any disc, and use it with any TV. That's a flexibility that you can't afford to miss out on.
     
    Surely, the age of the internet gives us things like streaming media and Netflix for watching movies, but there's not always a solid internet connection available for these services. A lot of us prefer to own the actual discs, or, we may already have a large collection of discs that we'd like to be able to use - even if we relocate to a foreign country. A Region-Free Blu-ray Player is the ultimate, affordable, and highly reliable solution.

  • Dual Voltage Hair Dryers: A Simple Solution For Travelers

    dual voltage hair dryersOne of the biggOne of the most common horror stories we hear about from international travelers, new expats and vacationers has to do with hair dryers.
     
    "I plugged it in, turned it on, and was drying my hair when suddenly I smelled something. I looked over and the cord was melting and the outlet was on fire!"
     
    It's a common mistake. Many a traveler has ruined their hair-dryer by using it in a country where the voltage is too high. The same is often true with curling irons, which are prone to starting fires in this circumstance because people often leave them unattended while they're heating up.
     
    The problem is this: Most North American hair dryers (and curling irons) are designed to be used only where they're sold - in North America. The manufacturer's specifically produce these products for use with 120 volt electricity as it's the standard voltage used in North America. When you take a product designed for 120 volts and attempt to use it with 220 or 240 volts in a place like Europe, the extra voltage is too much too handle and results in the damage and/or failure of the product. Products with heating elements (like hair dryers and curling irons) are even more susceptible to the hazard of fire because they're designed to get very hot. The additional electricity can cause them to get so hot they will explode, melt, or start on fire. This type of improper use can cause burn, electrical shock, or even death!
     
    The difference in electrical voltage throughout the different regions of the world seems like such a simple thing to be aware of, but if you've never traveled or heard someone else's horror story you could easily be unaware of the hazard. The good news is that if you've read this far, you're now informed. Even better, is that you can learn about the simple solution to this dilemma.
     

    Dual Voltage Hair Dryers & Curling Irons

    Designed specifically for travelers, dual voltage products are capable of working at any voltage from 110 to 240 volts. While you might need an adapter so the plug will fork with the wall outlet (depending what country you're in), there's no need for a voltage converter/transfromer and no risk of electrical shock, burn, or fire. It's a simple, effective, affordable solution.
     
    Dual voltage hair dryers and curling irons are available from your favorite brands in the most popular types and styles. The cost is only a couple dollars more for dual-voltage models, and they'll also work perfectly in a boat, yacht, or RV - all of which utilize 220-volt electricity. Check out dual voltage hair dryers today and leave the worries behind on your next vacation. You'll look good, feel good, and best of all you won't burn your place down!

  • Portable Region-Free DVD Players

    portable region-free dvd playersWhen you're traveling, it's not always easy to watch a movie on your laptop or tablet. Without the availability of a solid internet connection to access streaming media services such as Netflix, you'll have to rely on movies that have been downloaded to your device. Often, this can be more of a hassle than it's worth. Of course you can carry discs around and play them on your laptop, but not all of us travel with a laptop or are able to plugin anywhere to comfortably watch a movie. Fortunately there's an inexpensive, simple, and global solution - portable Region-Free DVD players.
     
    Especially popular with frequent travelers or those wishing to save space over a full-size player, these portable players are capable of fitting neatly into your luggage or backpack. If you're on the go or prefer to watch your DVD on the portable DVD player's screen, you can do it easily - but you can also connect to a TV and watch movies just like you would with a regular DVD Player. Since they're region-free, there's no worries about compatibility. The players have built-in PAL/NTSC conversion which allows them to work with any TV, they have dual voltage (works with 110 - 240 volts) so there's never a need for a voltage converter, and they'll play discs from any region in the world which means you can purchase and play movies from any foreign country.
     
    Available in a variety of different models with screen sizes ranging from 7 to 10 inches, you can pick up your own Portable Region-Free DVD Player for as little as $65. Keep in mind that these aren't reserved for travelers; they are useful for anyone who requires portability and ease of use. They're perfect for college students living in dorms, anyone who purchases foreign movies, and anyone who wants a multi-purpose player than can be used both at home and on the go. Check out all of our portable region-free dvd players today and get the flexibility you've been looking for!

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