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Using U.S items in Europe

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Hi, this question is about using a drill in Europe. I'm trying to buy a drill here in the USA that I could take with me to Europe and use it there. I know that in the states the voltage is 110v at 60hz while in Europe it's 220v at 50hz.
I know that certain electronics that are sold in the USA such all cellphones pretty much and even all PS4s/Xbox ones have dual voltage charges and they work anywhere in the world without any issues. I'm wondering if anyone knows what drill might be dual voltage as well? I'm going to go to Home Depot, can someone recommend me the right drill?

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It's unlikely a corded drill would be universal voltage. A cordless drill with rechargeable batteries might be compatible with higher voltage. Only way to know for sure would be to look at the label / manual.

In the US voltage is actually 120 and in europe it's 240V
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It's unlikely a corded drill would be universal voltage. A cordless drill with rechargeable batteries might be compatible with higher voltage. Only way to know for sure would be to look at the label / manual.
I have a cordless black and decker and it says 110V 60hz, so I'm not sure about cordless or corded. Is there a way I can look in a manual online of any drill before I go to Home Depot? Would make things easier.
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I have a cordless black and decker and it says 110V 60hz, so I'm not sure about cordless or corded. Is there a way I can look in a manual online of any drill before I go to Home Depot? Would make things easier.
With a corded drill, the 120VAC power is driving the motor directly. You won't find one that works with 240V and 120V.

I looked at the manual for a cordless drill but it didn't list input voltage for the charger. You'll need to look at chargers for a few drills. Might be easier to buy one there.
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We just returned from Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. We didn't take a drill, but various other appliances. I ordered this from Amazon:
Foval Power Step Down 220V to 110V Voltage Converter with 4-Port USB International Travel Adapter fo.r UK European Etc - [Use for US appliances Overseas]
It worked perfectly with everything and everywhere we went and never a hint of a problem.
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We just returned from Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. We didn't take a drill, but various other appliances. I ordered this from Amazon:
Foval Power Step Down 220V to 110V Voltage Converter with 4-Port USB International Travel Adapter fo.r UK European Etc - [Use for US appliances Overseas]
It worked perfectly with everything and everywhere we went and never a hint of a problem.
Thanks! Quick question, it says step down from 220v to 110v, but I'm trying to go up from 110v to 220v, will this still work?
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Thanks! Quick question, it says step down from 220v to 110v, but I'm trying to go up from 110v to 220v, will this still work?
These voltage converters step the voltage down so you can plug appliances that need 120V into them. The think you have to watch is how much power the device needs and what the converter is rated at.
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You can buy a transformer or buy a new drill $25
On construction site they use 110 volts.
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You can buy a transformer or buy a new drill $25
On construction site they use 110 volts.
In what place they sell 110v drills for $25?
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In what place they sell 110v drills for $25?
they sell 220 volt drills for $25
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they sell 220 volt drills for $25
In what place they sell 220v drills for $25?
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In what place they sell 220v drills for $25?
Don't listen to that person. He is not MAGA and has some really crazy advice. English is not his 1st language and his advice is far from 1st in any country.

You're looking at the voltage wrong. You're stepping down their voltage to fit your device
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In what place they sell 220v drills for $25?
Basic drills can be pretty cheap overseas, especially hammer drills since so many countries build with masonry.
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I'd imagine it's also a little cheaper to manufacture a drill that runs on 240V.
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You don't want to use a voltage convert to do this. Most of the voltage converters are not designed to be used with electric motors. They don't output a full sine wave. If it's a battery powered drill your after check the charger voltage and that you can get replacement batteries in your country. At the end of the day your probably not saving much by doing this
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