May 12, 2012
The Portico electric grill has an element that is designed to operate from 120 volts AC. The plug on the thermostat is the standard 120 volt plug that is used on most electrical products sold in the U.S. (2 flat bladed prongs plus the round ground prong).
When plugged into a 120 volt electrical socket, the heating element will draw 1750 watts which is the amount of electrical power that heats up the grill. This is about the maximum power that can be used from a standard 120 volt electrical outlet without tripping the circuit breaker that protects that outlet. Some hair dryers pull about the same amount of power.
You cannot plug this cord directly into a 240 volt socket (the plug will not fit and it if did, the electric element would be burned out almost immediately).
They do make converters (transformers) that drop the voltage from 240 volts to 120 volts. These converters are normally smaller units that only handle a small amount of power (for traveling, shavers, etc.). If you decided to use a converter (240 volts to 120 volts), it would have to be large enough to handle the 1750 watt power load. It probably needs to handle more power than the 1750 watts for a safety factory.
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