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tstreet asked this question 3 months ago:

TV Compatability

When I arrived 2-years ago I brought over a Sharp LC-70LE650U
Television and it states 120V~ 60Hz  228W on the back. I used a
converter (1000W) and plugged it in. After about 10 seconds, the TV
would shut off. It did that repeatedly, so I assumed the TV was
protecting itself and did not need a converter, but I never tried.

I
have now pulled out the TV and thinking of using it because and a
friend of mines told me that the TV has 120V ~  and that the TV is 220
compatible because it has (~) symbol. Can anyone tell me about that (~)
symbol in relations to power? Thanks.



3 months ago

Quote by tstreet:

When I arrived 2-years ago I brought over a Sharp LC-70LE650U
Television and it states 120V~ 60Hz  228W on the back. I used a
converter (1000W) and plugged it in. After about 10 seconds, the TV
would shut off. It did that repeatedly, so I assumed the TV was
protecting itself and did not need a converter, but I never tried.

I
have now pulled out the TV and thinking of using it because and a
friend of mines told me that the TV has 120V ~  and that the TV is 220
compatible because it has (~) symbol. Can anyone tell me about that (~)
symbol in relations to power? Thanks.

From what I can tell, the ~ simply means it is AC current.  So ~110 means AC 110.  

Do you mean converter or transformer?  A converter simply changes the plug on the TV from one type to another. So, in your case a converter would simply change the American style plug into a Euro style plug.  A transformer changes the power from 220v to 110v.

I want to make sure we're on the same page before I answer your question. 

If you only want to know what the symbols mean, here is a good chart.

Multimeter Symbols Infographic

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3 months ago

Got it. I used a transformer (not a converter) and when I did, the TV power would shut off. I would turn the TV back on and it would shut down again. I know that I have been reading nothing good about Sharp TVs the last couple of days. Thanks.

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3 months ago

Quote by tstreet:

Got it. I used a transformer (not a converter) and when I did, the TV power would shut off. I would turn the TV back on and it would shut down again. I know that I have been reading nothing good about Sharp TVs the last couple of days. Thanks.

Try turning the plug over. Believe it or not, some of the cheap transformers are polarized. If you're using a 3 prong plug, then your orientation is definitely correct.  But, if your TV is a 2 prong plug, turn it over and see what happens.

Hope that works out for ya.


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