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Posted by Rick on January 22, 2012, 6:52 pm

I would imagine that having a dual voltage system must mean that it wouldn't
be entirely unknown for someone to have somehow managed to connect a 110
volt appliance to 240 volts?

I'm pretty certain that I read somewhere that at one time America actually
seriously considered changing their electricity supply to 240V, apparently
the reason they didn't was the horrendously huge costs involved in replacing
millions of household appliances.

I can remember radios brought to the UK by American servicemen during world
war two, they worked fine until someone decided to shorten the mains lead,
with disastrous effects, because unfortunately for the uninitiated, it
incorporated a long length of resistive wire, I believe that the Americans
referred to it as a 'line cord:-)

Posted by amdx on January 23, 2012, 3:24 am
On 1/22/2012 12:52 PM, Rick wrote:

   I don't know of any instances, but I suppose it could happen.
The outlets for the individual voltages are different. Making mistakes
hard to do.

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