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    Default Maxstar 140 on European 220v?

    Hi,

    I just moved to Denmark, and was curious if anyone knows for certain whether or not I can use a Maxstar 140 inverter on European 220v outlets? I checked the manual over and really couldn't find any definitive answer... has anyone out there done this already?

    Thanks,
    ben

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    Yes, plug it in and go to town. I owned one and used it from 120V and 240V in the USA. You'll operate it from 220V and 50Hz instead of 60Hz. The frequency will slightly lower your duty cycle, but you'll be able to use it just fine.

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    i cant see it being a problem it runs in canada wich i think is also 50hrtz insted of 60. seems like i saw something in the miller TIG book about it and the only diference is the arc being 50hrtz insted of 60hrtz. i'll see if i can find it again.
    thanks for the help
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    hope i helped

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    It will not change the frequency of the arc as the power is rectified immediately upon entering the machine. In fact, that means it probably won't even affect the duty cycle now that I think about it.

    The arc is a very smooth DC, coming from a second rectifying process after the inverter's HF transformer.

    Canada is on the same grid as the US at 60 Hz.
    Last edited by MAC702; 07-04-2007 at 11:43 AM.

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    My only question is how many amps do you get out of the circuit you have available?

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    The way I understand it, European 220v is 1-220v leg and a neutral. U.S. 220v is 2-110v legs. I don't know how this would affect your welder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob_e95482 View Post
    The way I understand it, European 220v is 1-220v leg and a neutral. U.S. 220v is 2-110v legs. I don't know how this would affect your welder.
    How the 220 volt is achieved at wont affect the welder. He'll need an adapter plug though one on the welder definitely wont fit.
    Last edited by WolfmanJack13; 07-04-2007 at 05:06 PM. Reason: spelling

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    bob_e95482, makes an excelent point. they have a 2 prong outlet at 220V with one hot 220V and one nutral or return leg similer to our 120v setup . so it will only have 2 wires creating the 220V as aposed to our 3 wire 220V system. i would supose he would wire it as if it were a 120V setup and let the welder figure it out ???
    perhapse its not as simple a question as we had first thought. maybee a call to the miller teck guys is in order as i'm not shore how one would go about wireing it for a 2 wire 220V system.
    thanks for the help
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    hope i helped

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    The welder won't even know the difference. All it knows is that it senses 220V and internally switches (Autolink) to compensate. But I have always wondered exactly how they got their 220V, so thanks for that detail!

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    Heres a great link for world voltages, frequencys and types of plugs required there.
    http://kropla.com/electric.htm

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