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Variac Voltage Transformers - Ed Bourgeois's Review
Posted: January 18, 2008, 8:54am
review rating: 8.5
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James Schulman 9.63
Ed Bourgeois 8.50
Allen Marsalis 7.66
Ed Bourgeois 6.50
Matt Romans 6.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.8
Product Reviewed: staco 3pn2210 22amps
Manufacturer: Staco Quality: 10
Average Price: Varies Usability: 10
Price Paid: $100.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: ebay used Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 1 year Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: Professional Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: none
Bottom Line: How could I repeat a great roast without one?
Positive Product Points

Great way to have adjustable and even voltage in demanding situations. 0-140v  well built, time tested, american made.

Negative Product Points

As with any 20+ amp variac it's big and heavy

Detailed Commentary

I use my variac for roasting and on my espresso machine. Can't say enough about how this helps in roasting. I have an isolated heating element line in my hybrid homebuilt. I can boost or cut down the voltage to vary my temp. output.Don't worry about getting one with a needle meter, I added a digital "Kill-A-Watt' meter for accurate readings(highly recommend). The quality of the Staco variac is truly classic american engineering and manufacturing. All parts are industrial quality. Great quality cord. The adjustment dial runs smooth and accurate. I  heard of too many failures with variacs now produced in China to take a chance on them. I use it with my espresso machine to keep my voltage stable. Variacs should not be used outside of any electronics suggested range. Avoid keeping your variac in a humid environment for extended periods of time to avoid internal corrosion.

Buying Experience

ebay buyer beware, there are some great used variacs and some junk too, be patient. with some time I got a good one.

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