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Posted Sat Nov 10, 2012, 6:11pm
Subject: can I convert our 120 volt Gaggia to 220 volts?
 

Hello, all, we are moving to Europe in a couple of months, and I'm wondering whether we will be able to bring the coffee machine with us.  It's a Gaggia Synchrony Compact Digital.  Does anyone know whether there's a relatively simple way (other than an exterior converter) to convert to the new voltage?  Thanks so much for your help.
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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012, 5:44am
Subject: Re: can I convert our 120 volt Gaggia to 220 volts?
 

There's no easy answer to that. Some appliances have a power supply unit that covers different voltages, and all you need is an adapter for the plug. However, if your machine doesn't belong into that category the over-tension will blow the curcuits. Otherwise you'd need a transformer that converts 220 Volts into 120 Volts; those are quite expensive. Take a look at the tag on the machine: it might state the voltages you can use safely.

 
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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:00pm
Subject: Re: can I convert our 120 volt Gaggia to 220 volts?
 

Thanks for such a quick reply.  Unfortunately, the machine itself says only that it can be used at 120 volts.  I'm wondering whether it would be possible to switch out some internal component (without too much work) that would let it be used at 220 volts.  As you say, the last thing we want is to blow the circuits.
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Posted Mon Nov 12, 2012, 6:22am
Subject: Re: can I convert our 120 volt Gaggia to 220 volts?
 

You'd have to change the power supply unit at least. I'm not sure how costly that is.

 
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Posted Tue Nov 13, 2012, 7:07am
Subject: Re: can I convert our 120 volt Gaggia to 220 volts?
 

Short answer, You need to use a converter or buy a different machine.

Often a machine that lists a single voltage has components that are only good for that voltage such as lights, switches etc. Many times they are able to function at higher voltage but they may not. You will need to replace the heater element as the higher voltage will change the heat output of it.

By the time you go though all the trouble of changing all the parts that need to be changed, you most likely will have spent much more than a converter costs. There is nothing carved in stone that says you can't do it but how much is it worth to you to stand on the ISSUE rather than just getting coffee?

 
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Posted Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:49pm
Subject: Re: can I convert our 120 volt Gaggia to 220 volts?
 

I looked into this when moving the other way last year with a Gaggia Classic - there are a number of voltage specific components even in that simple a machine (2x solenoid valves and the pump) and replacing those was more expensive than buying an external converter ($85 for a 2kW 110-230 VAC transformer - will work in either direction).  For the more complex machine you have, I'd guess that it'd be difficult.

You'll find a good secondhand market in Gaggias in Europe - my Classic was 35 ($50) off eBay.co.uk, so purchasing another needn't be out of the question.
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Posted Thu Nov 15, 2012, 8:29pm
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Thank you so much.  I think you're right.
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Posted Tue Nov 20, 2012, 6:05pm
Subject: Re: can I convert our 120 volt Gaggia to 220 volts?
 

you can use 220 volts on a 120v system but you need to be a bit electrical savy.

If you couple two seperate outlet plugs in series it'll give you 220volts, but if you don't understand electrical work i wouldn't suggest you to do this.

I am not responsible for anything that happens if you do try it.
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