How to make 220V Indian mixer grinder work in USA 110V 60Hz
If you want to cook Indian food in USA, then an Indian Mixer Grinder or wet grinder is a must. To get an Indian mixer Grinder or wet grinder in USA nowadays is not that difficult, since online stores like Amazon have it for sale online in USA. But sometimes it is cheaper to carry it from India when you do not have much luggage to carry while going to the US. Here below we give tips on how to choose the best mixer grinder for Indian cooking in USA.
When you plan to buy an Indian mixer grinder in India to take to USA, make sure that it can work on the American electricity which is 110 volts and 60 cycles. You can find best 110V mixer grinders for USA available in India
If you take normal Indian mixers and grinders to USA, since the electric voltages and frequencies are different in USA, the equipment will not work. You can make normal 220-240 volt indian mixer grinder to work in the USA using a 110 to 220 Volt step up transformer. Even if you step up the USA 110 volts to Indian 220 volts using a transformer, the mixers and grinders will run faster in USA than in India. This is because frequency of the
Alternating Current or AC frequency supply is 60 cycles per second (abbreviated as Hz for Hertz ) in USA compared to 50 Hz in India. Therefore a normal Indian mixer grinder in USA will run 60/50 times or 20% faster. The 50 and 60 cycles or Hz difference in USA electricity, only affects rotating electric equipment using electric motors. Heating equipment like electric toasters are not affected.
How to make normal 220-240V Indian Mixers and Grinders to work in USA
There are two problems to overcome to make a normal 220V Indian Mixer Grinder to work in the USA. First the voltage is less in USA at 110V instead of the 220 to 240 Volts in India. Thus for an Indian electric appliance to work in the USA the Voltage must be stepped up from 110 volts to 220 volts. This is not difficult, because there are plenty of step up transformers available both in India and USA which will do this. You have to make sure that you buy the right capacity of the 110Volts to 220 volts transformer. By capacity it means the power which is given in watts or Kilowatts. The mixer grinder watts of the better Indian mixies are maximum 1000 Watts, so make sure that you buy minimum 1000 watts or 1 KW (Kilo Watt) step up transformer 110V to 220V. These transformers are available all over USA and you can even buy it online. Here is the link to one such 110V to 220V, capacity 1000 Watts, step-up (or down) transformer from Amazon.com for about $51 or this cheaper model 750 watts step-up transformer (suitable for 750 watt mixer grinders), 110 Volts to 220 Volts, from Amazon for about $39-.
Once the Voltage has been stepped up, the next issue is the frequency difference. This cannot be solved by simple equipments and so the only solution for using Indian Mixies or mixer grinders or wet grinders in USA is to make sure you do not run it at the maximum speed setting. If you are careful about this, then there should be no issues with using Indian mixies in USA. For short periods running at full speed may not be a problem, especially for light loads. But grinding idli dosa paste maavu, make sure the slow speed is selected.
So the Indian mixer grinder in USA will run at a higher speed, but once you are careful not to use the Indian mixer grinder in USA at the highest speed, then it will be fine. The Indian mixies are designed for rough and tough working conditions in India and not to fail in the frequent Voltage Fluctuations in India. If by accident you do run the mixies at the highest speed, don’t worry, most top of the range Indian mixies, Mixer Grinders and wet grinders have built in overload protection and it will stop the device in case of overload.
Best way to buy Indian Mixer Grinder in India, Australia, Canada, UK or USA
Please find below links to the Amazon online store in your country. Amazon is usually your best place to buy Indian Mixer Grinders because not only are they very competitively priced but you also have the assurance of service, and in the worst case, even return for a refund in case you are not satisfied.