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Old 09-12-20, 07:29 AM
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European plug

Hello, my daughter has a stand up fan and it has a EU plug end on it which 2 prongs, is it possible to cut the end and change it to a US plug, and if yes, are the wires the same as US wires to put on the plug
 
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Old 09-12-20, 09:13 AM
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If her fan is rated for 120V, 60Hz, then yes. If it isn't, then you cannot.
 
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Old 09-12-20, 09:57 AM
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First, check the motor rating, most fans will work on 120v-240v.

Second, it's probably simpler to get a EU-US adapter online
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I doubt a European fan will operate here. Their voltage and frequency is different than our current in the US. A TV or cell phone charger can usually go both ways but things with motors like hair dryers and fans no so much unless it has a voltage switch.
 
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Old 09-12-20, 04:22 PM
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things with motors like hair dryers and fans no so much
A European 240v fan will work on US 120v, just at half speed, and IIRC, 1/4 torque.

I had to reverse situation with a 120v box fan in a 240v outlet. The fan simply ran faster.
 
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thank you all for your responses, I will let her know
 
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Old 09-12-20, 04:41 PM
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I would NEVER recommend running a 120v fan on 240v.
 
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I may be wrong as I have never actually tried it.
But I thought that on an AC motor it is the frequency not the voltage that controls the speed.
 
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Old 09-13-20, 05:40 AM
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You can control AC motors using frequency (Variable Frequency Drive) Other motors use a separate set of windings to change speed as you find in a simple box fan.

Running a 120 volt motor on 240 volts will likely burn up the motor
 
 

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