Originally Posted by sponni60
Hi guys, I need some info from you.
The thing is I live in Iceland and the voltage is 230V/50Hz. I am thinking about having a buddy of mine bring a 55" ST from the US on one of his trips across(ferry pilot).
What I need to know is are the US versions of the ST just 110V/60Hz or are they multi?? The main problem would be the Hz, it´s easy to get a converter for the voltage.
Can any of you guys confirm this for me??
I don't think any of the 240v to 120v Voltage Converters are capable of also converting the Hz from 50Hz to the necessary 60Hz. A friend of mine got transferred to Germany and took his new Sony XBR LCD TV and DVD Player and other electronic equipment with him. The base's electronic guru fixed him up with a few voltage converters and while it worked on little stuff like his shaver and blow dryer, his TV image was all "scrambled" as he called it and nobody there was able to get it to properly display an image. He contacted Sony in Germany and they told him it's a common question there since there are so many US Military members bring their stuff from home) and that sorry but the USA version isn't compatible with the German power grid. He ended up shipping the TV back to family members here in the USA.
Originally Posted by comfynumb
Many of the electronics available here in the US are available in 230 volt. I'd call Panasonic directly.
While there may be some small electronic items that are dual-rated for 120v/240v @ 60Hz/50Hz (by simply switching out the 120V US power cord with a Euro 240V cord), I'm not aware of any Plasma TVs sold in North America that are also available here in 230 volt. There's just no need for them to build this capability into their TVs since there is no market for it to justify the extra expense to do so, and they only authorize the TV for use in the country that it's originally sold it. Which reminds me - the warranty is void if the TV is used in another country - it's only valid in the USA so if anything goes wrong with that TV out of country, it may be difficult if not impossible to get repaired - even if you pay out of pocket.
Originally Posted by sponni60
But do you know if the ST is for 110V/60Hz or multi voltage??
All North American Panasonic TVs are specifically 120V @ 60Hz. For it to work with a 240v to 120v Voltage Converter it would have to at least be rated for 60Hz/50Hz, but it's not.
I think the small international travel wallplug style voltage converters you can buy for shavers and cell chargers etc only work if the device is dual-rated.
I suggest you research larger 240V-to-120V Voltage Converters sold in the European (or Icelandic/Scandanavian) markets and see if any of them are capable of also converting the Hz from 60 to 50, and if they'll work on a Television set.
If anyone is going to know how to get a 120V North American TV to work in a 240V country, they would be on the UK-based AVForums Plasma forum and LCD forum since they cover the European countries which are all 240V @ 50Hz. I would check those forums and see if anyone there was able to get an imported US TV to work there, and find out if they found a voltage converter that also converts Hz (or found any sort of "Hertz Converter" if there's even such a thing.