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  • Global Electronics for International Use: What You Need to Know

    global electronics for international useAll electronics are not created equal. In fact, around the world - even if you purchase the same brand and model - there are various differences in both construction and performance. Not always visible to the naked eye, these differences can make or break your ability to utilize your electronics in other parts of the world.
     

    Most Electronics are NOT Universal

    While it might not be common knowledge to the average person, the truth is that most electronics are not designed for global use. From the different standards in voltage to the multiple audio & video formats used in various countries, there are many obstacles to overcome if you plan to purchase or use your electronics in other countries. With the exception of laptops - which usually feature a power adapter that works with any voltage - nearly all electronics are only useful in the country or region where they were purchased. While it's possible to use your devices in other regions of the world, it will usually require expensive converters, adapters, and a lot of messy cables.
     

    The Voltage Problem

    Voltage is just one of the many issues with electronics. The voltage problem also applies to personal devices and kitchen appliances; anything that uses electricity. While North America uses 120 volts, Europe uses 220 volts. This difference in voltage means that your US electronics will receive an overdose of electricity if used in Europe (which is very dangerous), while European-bought electronics won't have enough electricity to function properly. Either situation can result in damaged devices, fire, or even electrical shock.
     

    Color Systems and Formatting Issues

    Color systems are another issue, and something that we would hardly ever think to consider. TVs and blu-ray players use specific formatting to encode and decode the information that displays the image. The 3 main color systems around the world are PAL, NTSC, and Secam. Each color system is specific and it's not possible to use a PAL TV with a NTSC Blu-ray Player. PAL, NTSC, and Secam models are respectively manufactured and sold to regions that utilize those formats and are not cross-compatible without expensive converters.
     

    Disc Playback and Region Coding Problems

    This issue is similar to the rest but it only applies to DVD and Blu-ray Players. There are 3 different "regions" of Blu-ray and 7+ regions for DVD discs. In each region, the players are coded to read discs that originate from that region only. For example, Region 1 DVDs are only compatible with region 1 DVD Players. The reason for this is mainly to prevent copyright issues, minimize pirating, and to ensure timely release dates and fair prices in various parts of the world. Another aspect is political and religious environments in which much censorship demands that certain versions of media are not available, especially if they are deemed to violent or provocative.
     

    How to Solve it all?

    There is a simple solution to all of the challenges faced by traveling, purchasing, and using electronics from around the world. After all, it should be easy enough to simply plug & play without the headaches, right? Actually, it's much easier than you think.
     
    Multisystem electronics, global electronics and region-free players unlock the universal potential of your devices to guarantee compatibility regardless of where you are in the world. Specially, professionally modified and not available in major retailers, these units feature hardware/software advancements that give them the global flexibility and functionality that the manufacturers should have given you since the start.
     
    Multisystem TVs feature updated internal components and specialized software that allows them to work with any color system. They can also work with any voltage - all you need to do is flip a switch on the TV to change from 120 to 220 volts. This lets you use your TV with a Blu-ray Player from anywhere in the world, and to utilize the local cable TV without a mess of extra wiring and pricey video conversion gadgets. Region-Free DVD and Region-Free Blu-ray Players allow you to play discs from anywhere, on any TV (even non-multisystem TVs), with any electrical voltage from 110 to 240 volts. Universal personal devices such as curling irons and razors are compatible with any voltage, relieving you from any worries about a fire or damaging your device.
     
    The best part about these global, multisystem, and region-free electronics is that you can choose from your favorite brands and the latest models. It's important to find an experienced retailer who specializes in these modified units because they are not available in department stores or major retailers. They are professionally modified to give you the global flexibility that you deserve and most of them feature the same manufacturer's warranty.
     
    With over 35 years of experience in global electronics and international relocation, we're an authority on traveling with electronics. We carry a wide selection of electronics and appliances intended for global use, as well as hard-to-find 220 volt electronics from the top brand names. From washers and dryers to refrigerators, ranges and kitchen appliances to 4K TVs and the latest in Blu-ray technology, we specialize in giving you the best brands at the best prices - all with the confidence of global compatibility.
     
    Our reputation speaks for itself, and we take pride in that. Make your life easier by shopping with us today. If you're planning to move overseas, we'll even give you a free, no-hassle consultation to explain how we can make your move, your life, and your future easier with our specialty services.

  • 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.

  • 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!

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