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  • How and Where to Buy Appliances and Electronics Overseas

    power x changer voltage and frequency convertersMany people move, relocate, or travel and work abroad each year and those numbers are growing rapidly. From retirees and expats to people who've accepted job offers and are moving to a foreign land, there's no shortage of people moving about internationally. But what happens when you arrive at your destination? If your new home isn't furnished and you didn't send your electronics and appliances overseas, you'll be forced to buy these items locally - and that can be a real hassle.
     
    Due to higher prices caused by lower product demand, it can be very costly to furnish a home in some countries. Also, there is usually a much smaller selection of brands and models to chose from when compared to the US or Europe. You may end up paying nearly double for your appliances without finding what you're really looking for - and at that point, you'll have no choice. However, if you plan accordingly you can eliminate the stress, hassle and high prices altogether.
     
    At 220-Electronics.com, we specialize in international relocation. We sell all types of home electronics and appliances including:
     
    • Mutlisystem TVs
    • Region Free Blu-ray & DVD Players
    • Voltage Converters
    • Kitchen Appliances for 220 Volts
    • Home Appliances for 220 Volts
    • Personal Appliances & Electronics
    • .... and much more!
     
    All of our products are designed for global use, or for specific use with 220 volt electricity. We have home theater systems, washers & dryers, refrigerators, deep freezers, gas and electric ranges, blenders, 4k TVs, and more. All of our products are sold at the guaranteed lowest price, and we will always beat our competitor's prices. We ship anywhere in the world and can arrange for all of your items to ship together and arrive either before or after you arrive. You'll save money, time, and a lot of headaches. Plus you'll get to chose from the top brand names and the latest models.
     
    Check us out today at 220-Electronics.com and browse our huge inventory. Our specialists will be glad to assist you and even provide you with a free, no-hassle relocation consultation to help you decide what's best for your needs. Don't wait, get started today! It's the easiest way to buy appliances and electronics overseas.

  • 220 Volt Appliances and International Relocation Services

    220 volt appliances and international relocation servicesIf you have plans for moving overseas, it's important to know you're not alone. Millions of Americans are relocating in recent years and the numbers only continue to rise. Some are retiring and expatriating overseas, others are moving for a change in scenery and culture, and others are going for business or career opportunities. While it can seem like a humbling feat, moving overseas doesn't have to be as hard as it sounds. There are a lot of things to consider and prepare for, but that's the same with many things in life. There are also international relocation services and plenty of helpful resources that make it easier than ever to relocate to a foreign land.
     
    As specialists in 220 volt appliances and electronics, we naturally help hundreds of people each year with their decision to move overseas. We carry a large inventory of 220 volt appliances (both personal and major appliances) that are designed specifically to be used with 220 and 240 volts. This is important because most areas that are popular for relocation utilize 220 or 240 volt electricity. Rather than wasting precious time and money to shop for electronics and appliances overseas, many chose to make their purchases before they go. This eliminates the hassle of shopping in a foreign city where you may not be fluent in the language, where the selection may be abysmal, and where locals might try and overcharge you for no other reason than that they see you as a walking bank. You don't have to waste days shopping around, settling for less and going from store to store without finding what you want.
     
    Thanks to our large selection of electronics and appliances from the top brand names, it's easy to shop for everything in the same place - the comfort of your home! Our experienced relocation specialists can even help you plan your purchase by providing priceless advice and recommending products that suit your immediate needs, tastes, or budget. We'll even give you a free, no-hassle international relocation consultation. There's no obligation to buy.
     
    You might be asking how it all works, or how you make the purchase, or how you'll get your appliances overseas. We have all the answers for that and there's no need to worry. First, our associates will speak with you to get a general idea of where you're heading and what you're looking to purchase. Next, they'll direct you to our website to take a look at our inventory and help get some more ideas. Finally, they'll help you determine which products work best for you and how we can help you receive them anywhere you'd like, at any time you'd like.
     
    Many people arrange for shipping containers to take everything overseas, some do this independently and others hire companies to handle it. On the other hand, many of our customers request that we arrange for shipping directly to their destination. Some even request that all their items arrive at once, on a specific date, or that their products arrive shortly after they arrive so there's minimal time without electronics and appliances. All of this is possible, and that's why it's a good choice to get a free consultation. We can make your move easier, less stressful and hassle free. We can even make your move less expensive thanks to our guaranteed low prices. More often than not, appliances usually cost much more overseas due to the lower number of sales and smaller demand for brand name models.
     
    Save time, money, stress, and prevent regret by visiting our website today and contacting us about our products and international relocation services. We have over 35 years of experience and have served tens of thousands of customers. Your decision to do business with us will be one that you'll be very happy about. Get what you want, when you want it, anywhere in the world.

  • Best Home Theater Systems For Expats Offer Worldwide Compatibility

    Sony Multisystem Home Theater

    Have you thought about how you’ll keep yourself entertained at home overseas? If music and movies rank high on your list, you’ll need to consider that your current home theater system probably won’t work abroad.

    Expat Home Theater Systems Combat World Conversion Conflicts Abroad

    Welcome to the confusing world of voltage conversion, foreign video conversion, DVD region codes and Blu-Ray region codes. Click on these links to understand how this world coding system can impact your ability to play your favorite media. For example, a DVD disc from Region 1 (USA and Canada) won’t play on a DVD player from Region 2 (Europe and Japan.) And there are a total of 6 regions worldwide. The good new is, there’s a simple solution to all the confusion.

    Multisystem, Region-Free Home Theater Systems Solve The Problem

    The best home theater systems for expat living are multisystem and region-free for use worldwide. They’re manufactured by top brands like Panasonic, Pioneer, Yamaha, Sony, Samsung, Klipsch, LG and Bose. But they’re not available through most retailers. The model choices and brand selections may be limited (if you can find them at all) in your foreign expat destination. Specialty retailers’ online stores typically ship worldwide. And in many cases, shipping may be free.

    Modern home theater systems require at least one display device and a sound system. Sounds simple, right? But CEPro, a leading trade publication for professionals involved in the custom electronics business, cites these 6 Hot Home Theater Trends for 2016:

    6 Hot Home Theater Trends

    1. Multiple Screens: Gives you more than one viewing option in a media room.
    2. Hybrid Space: Includes family room, game room, media room in a single space.
    3. Social Networking: Post social network updates while watching television.
    4. Networking Media: Internet-connected Blu-Ray Players, Gaming Consoles, Apple TV and other.
    5. Floor Standing Soundbar Speakers: Fills your room with the clearest audio.
    6. Value: Get high performance, feature-rich components at a lower cost.

    The typical expat living scenario may not call for multiple screens. But the trend for creating a "hybrid space" seems pretty spot on, wouldn't you say? And free-standing speakers and soundbars accommodate your flex space better than built-ins. Not to mention you get much higher quality sound from your speakers when they're not enclosed.

    Once you've agreed how to configure your media room, you can focus on how to configure your home theater. Regardless of the sizes and numbers of screens and speakers you choose, there are a few standard features you should make sure you include for the best electronic experience abroad.

    5 Top Standard Features In Home Theater Systems For Expats

    1. Region Free Coding: Plays Blu-Ray DVDs, Standard DVDs and CDs from anywhere in the world.
    2. Multisystem support. (Supports NTSC, PAL, SECAM)
    3. 110-240 volts 50-60 hertz
    4. USB input (Play media from external devices, like your phone or camera.)
    5. HDMI Output (Connect HDMI compatible devices, like a Blu-ray player.)

    Add Smart Features For The "Most Flexible" Media Experience

      • 3D Blu-ray Playback: View 3D movies with special 3D glasses.
      • Wifi Built-in: Avoid the cable clutter with wireless connectivity.
      • Internet Streaming capabilities:  Stream from Youtube, Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, Picasa, Pandora and a multitude more apps.
      • Bluetooth capabilities:  Stream audio wirelessly from your cellular phone, tablet, computer or any other Bluetooth compatible device.
      • Networking Capabilities: Connect external streaming devices like Apple TV or Fire TV. Or gaming consoles like Xbox or PlayStation

    Smart TV

    "By 2019, more than 50% of TV households in Japan, the US, the UK, France and Germany will have smart TVs [ according to IHS]," writes a Broadband TV news correspondent.

    Add Surround Sound & Ultra HD 4K For The "Ultimate" Media Experience

    The butter on the popcorn? Powerful multi-channel surround sound speakers and Ultra HD 4K simulate a live cinema, coliseum or auditorium experience. Home theater systems are “giving way to soundbar/subwoofer systems because they offer an easy way to fill a room with audio,” says Peter Tribeman of Atlantic Technology, an audio engineering company. And according to TechRadar.com, “4K Ultra-High Definition will define the future of television.”  

    When you invest in electronics for expat living, it only makes sense to invest in technologies that are here to stay awhile. Likewise, investing in region-free multi-system components is like buying global insurance. You can take your investment anywhere you go. 

    Don't limit your entertainment choices abroad. Seek the advice of a region-free, multi-system electronics expert before you purchase. Request a free consultation online or call 220 Electronics at 847-640-9000 (International). Dial 877-578-0587 in the U.S.

    View Our Multisystem/Region-Free Home Theaters.

    View Our Multisystem TVs.

  • 110 / 220 Volt Champion Juicers

    Shop our selection of 220 Volt Champion Juicers and see why 220 Electronics has been the leader in helping people relocate since 1979! 220 Volt Appliances are used in most continents including... Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and parts of South America, mainly Brazil.
     
    Please Note: 220 Volt Champion Juicers CAN also be used in countries having 230 Volts or 240 Volts
     
    Champion Juicer is the best juicer currently in the market today. We have tried many different model juicers as it was our goal to carry just one single juicer that we found to be the best value and best product available in the market. Some juicers left pulp with fruits and vegetables full of juice, wasting produce. Others were too noisy, or had bits and pieces of fruit in the actual juice. This is the first juicer we can say that we personally endorse. Not only is it a great juicer that is easy to use and clean, but it also is a great value. This is the commercial version which has a heavy duty motor and is the best juicer you will ever own.
     

    Why Buy a 110 Volt Champion Juicer, What Makes a Champion a Champion?

    Quality and value. Our passion for promoting healthy living through the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables extends nearly a half century to the introduction of our very first Champion Juicer. Since that time, we've continually refined its operation and meticulously enhanced its capabilities to extract every ounce of nutrition and flavor from the fruits, vegetables and grains you enjoy the most.

    • A Champion is Easy to Use
    • A Champion is Very Versitile
    • A Champion is Very Powerful
    • A Champion is Very Durable
    • A Champion Delivers the Goods!

     

    Champion Commercial Juicer G5-PG-710

    Champion Commercial Juicer is available in 110 volts for the USA market, and in 220 volts for the European, African, and Asian market. Both models come Black, Almond, white and silver. These juicers have a GE 1/3 HP motor and are strong enough to juice any vegetable or fruit. The large 1.75" diameter feeding tube allows it to take in larger vegetables without cutting them. The floating cutter is designed to separate the juice from the pulp all in one continuous operation with little to no intermittent cleaning. The blades are made of tempered stainless steel that are cast into the cutter for strength and years of use. They never separate or rust! The champion juicer also makes nut butters, frozen fruit sorbets, baby foods, ice creams, sherbets, purees, salsa, muesli, and more. All parts are FDA approved, and the juicer is Made in the USA.
     
    Champion Juicer is available in 110 volts 60 hz for USA, Canada, Mexico and other North American countries.
    We also carry the 220 volts, 50 hz version of this juicer for those that would like to purchase it for Europe, Asia, Africa, or the Middle East. Most products on our website cater to the international customer and are 220 volts, however we are carrying this juicer for the USA as well as overseas.
     
    Please make sure you buy the correct model depending on where you want to use it.
    The Champion Juices Carrots, Celery, Parsley, Cabbage, Spinach, Apples, Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Kiwi, Pineapple, Melon and More!
    The Champion Homogenizes Nut Butters, Fruit Sauces, Baby Foods, Sorbets, Ice Creams, Sherbets, Purees, Salsa, Muesli and More!
     
    Perfect for nutritious...
    Fruit Juices, Vegetable Juices, Nut Butters, Ice Creams, Sherbets, Baby Foods and More!
     
    Grain Mill Attachment Available Separately for $89
    With the optional grain mill attachment, your champion turns into a grain mill.
    Now make your own flour, corn meal, coffee, and other dried grain material. If you would like to add this to your order, please just say so in the comments section after clicking on Add to Cart Above. We will charge your card the extra $89 and have it shipped to you.
     
    What makes a Champion Juicer...a champion?
    Quality and value. Our passion for promoting healthy living through the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables extends nearly half a century to the introduction of our very first Champion Juicer. Since that time, we've continually refined its operation and meticulously enhanced its capabilities to extract every ounce of nutrition and flavor from the fruits, vegetables and grains you enjoy the most.
     
    The Champion 2000+ Juicer includes a number of features that bring the power and durability of commercial juicers directly to your kitchen countertop.
     
    A Champion is easy to use.
    Designed with simplicity in mind, the Champion 2000+ Juicer doesn't require nuts, bolts, screws or clamps. Assembly can be completed in seconds. Cleaning is equally quick and painless.
     
    A Champion is very versatile.
    A large feeding chamber reduces prep time by eliminating the need to cut vegetables into smaller pieces. In addition to fresh juices, this unit can also make fruit sauces, baby foods, nut butters, ice cream, sherbets and everybody's favorite - fruit smoothies. Exchange a single part, and your juicer is instantly transformed into a homogenizer. A grain mill attachment extends your healthier eating choices to include grains and flours.
     
    A Champion is powerful.
    A heavy-duty motor delivers true, industrial-strength power for an improved masticating process that chews the fibers to break loose high volumes of cells saturated with important healthy values. A floating cutter effectively separates the juice from the pulp in one quiet, continuous - and seemingly effortless - operation. (Bonus: no intermittent cleaning required!)
     
    A Champion is durable.
    Long-lasting stainless steel construction resists both wear and food odor. A stainless steel shaft is complemented by the tempered stainless steel blades cast directly into the cutter for added strength. This way, the blades will never separate, twist, tarnish or rust. The durability of the Champion 2000+ Juicer is backed by a 5 year limited warranty on all juicing parts and a 3 year warranty on its motor.
     
    The bottom line:
    A Champion delivers the goods.
    Your Champion 2000+ Juicer is designed to produce the highest possible quality of juices and foods. It's a difference you can see in the color of the juice: darker, richer colors contain more of the pigments - and nutrients - you desire, while the extracted pulp is pale in color. And rest assured, it's a difference you can taste. Champion juices will likely be richer, sweeter and more full bodied than any juice you've tasted before.
     
    We wouldn't have it any other way!

  • Blu-ray / DVD Region Guide

    The DVD Region system is used to control which DVD movies play on which DVD Players. The DVD regions are broken down as follows:

    DVD Region Codes

    Blu-ray Region Codes

    Code  | Where
    1  | USA & Canada
    2  | Europe & Japan
    3  | South East Asia
    4  | Latin America & Australia
    5  | Russia, Rest of Asia and Africa
    6  | China
    8  | International Venues, Cruise Ships, Planes, etc.
    Where
     |
    Code
    Americas, East and South East Asia
     |
    A
    Europe, Africa, Oceania, Middle East, French territories, Greenland
     |
    B
    Central and South Asia, Mongolia, Russia, and People's Republic of China
     |
    C

     
    What does all this 'DVD region coding' mean?
    This means that DVD movies from DVD Region 1 (USA & Canada) WILL NOT play on a DVD player regions 2-6. Effectively Region 1 DVD discs play only on Region 1 DVD players, Region 2 DVD discs play only on Region 2 DVD players and so on.
     
    Why are there 6 DVD regions?
    Movies are released on DVD at different times around the world, typically America and Canada first, Australia and Japan 6 months later, and Europe 12 months after US release. In some instances, DVD movies are available for purchase in America and Canada before they are released in European cinemas.
    Due to the high quality of DVD and the movie release system used by Hollywood, 5 regions were established to prevent people from watching Region 1 movies before they were released on Regions 2-6.
    DVD Censorship between countries also plays a part, another reason for DVD region coding.
     
    What can I do to solve this problem?
    220 Electronics specializes in Region Free DVD Players and Region Free Blu-ray Players that play DVD and Blu-ray movies from DVD Regions 1 thru 6 and Blu-Ray Regions 1, 2 and 3. Guaranteed 100%, giving you the freedom to watch any DVD movie, censored or uncensored, without having to wait up to 12 months for the official release in your country.
     
    How do you make a DVD player region free / multi-region / Code-Free?
    Our custom chipping process ensures your DVD or Blu-ray player plays every region disc available, using our custom DVD Region chip design. Our qualified technical staff modify and test your DVD player 100% with all DVD and/or Blu-ray egions before leaving our warehouse.
     
    What if the movie studios put a DVD region protection system into the movie disc?
    The DVD region protection system, 'RCE' was introduced 8 years ago, and all our DVD players play RCE discs 100%. So far no other 'new' protection system is possible other than RCE due to the way the DVD region format works. Our players play all protected 'RCE' DVD discs.
     
    Enjoy the freedom that 220 Electronics offers, the freedom to watch any DVD movie from anywhere, Code-Free / Region Free!
    Our DVD and Blu-ray Players play all movies from all regions, Guaranteed for Life!

  • Voltage Converter and Transformer Buying Guide

    A voltage converter is a device that can be used to convert electricity from 220 volts to 110 volts or 110 volts to 220 volts.

     

    Step Down Voltage Converter:

    Step Down voltage converters are used to step down electricity in countries that use 220 volts, 230 volts, or 240 volts. These voltage converters will step the electricity down to 110 volts so you can use electronics and appliances from North America that are 110 volts in countries that have 220, 230 or 240 volts electricity such as Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa. These converters are perfect for international travel as well as international relocation.
     
    They are also very commonly used by companies that are selling products that are 110 volts into the 220 volts markets. Step down voltage converters are available in many sizes and types. The sizes are measured by the max load they can handle. More info on this is below. Many models below are two-way voltage converters which means they will step up and step down voltage.
     

    Step Up Voltage Converter:

    Step up voltage converters are exactly the opposite of step down voltage converters. All the step up voltage converters we carry also work for step down. The can be used both ways, to step up voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts, and also to step down voltage from 220 volts to 110 volts. Step up voltage converters are great for people that have relocated to the USA or are traveling to the USA from Europe, Asia, Middle East or Africa. Step up voltage converter models are sold in many different sizes as well. We also offer a few different types. Please see the instructions below on how to select the correct converter as well as a comparison chart of the various step up voltage converters we carry. Please note that the two-way converters below will step up voltage and also step down voltage meaning they can be used as a step up voltage converter as well as a step down voltage converter.
    Newest Diamond Series voltage converter for international relocation, deployment, or travel now available. Newest design and best voltage converter with Diamond Series has 5 Year Limited warranty and is CE approved.
     

    We carry three types of voltage converters / transformers and two types of voltage converters with a built in regulator. Reading through the brief descriptions will help you choose which one you need. All voltage converters and transformers are available in different Watts. We carry both step up and step down models. Perfect for international relocation and international travel to use foreign electronics in the USA or USE 110 volt electronics from USA overseas. Please contact us at 877-578-0587 for any questions regarding which transformer is suitable to use in a given country or with a given product.
    We carry everything you will need for an international move, relocation, or deployment. We have Multi system Pal/NTSC TVs, VCRs, DVD players, GSM Phones, and much much more.
     
    Please remember that the terms "voltage converter", "voltage transformer", and "power transformer" all mean the same thing.
     
    Voltage Converters - Voltage Transformers 110 volts, 220 volts, 230 volts 240 volts for use anywhere in the world. Over 100,000 units sold. Used all over the world for international travel, international relocation, yachts, military deployment, and many other applications. We have the must durable, reliable voltage converters available, and have been in business since 1979.
     

    How To Find the Watts On Your Appliance So That You Can Select the Correct Transformer

    Voltage converters, also known as voltage transformers, are devices that convert foreign electricity to power devices from different parts of the world. A step down voltage converter is a 220 to 110 volts converter. A step up converter is a 110 volts to 220 volts converter. Our 2-way converters are voltage transformers that convert power from both 220 to 110 volts and 110 to 220 volts. They also work with 100 volts, 110 volts, 120 volts, 220 volts and 240 volts. This model is a 2 way voltage converter / voltage transformer available in many different sizes including 100 Watts, 200 Watts, 300 Watts, 500 Watts, 750 Watts, 1000 Watts, 1500 Watts, 2000 Watts, 3000 Watts and 5000 Watts.
     
    To determine the correct model voltage converter or heavy duty transformer you need, you must find the Watts of your appliance. You can find this information listed on the appliance manufacturer's label located on the back or bottom of the appliance or in the specifications section of the appliance owner's manual. We recommend using a voltage converter / transformer which has a max Wattage of at least 50% higher than your appliance. Some appliances such as power tools, motors, laser printers and TVs require a converter 2-3 times the Watts that the appliance is rated for.
    -A higher Watt rated transformer will never hurt your appliance, however if you buy one that is not strong enough, it will not work.
    -Items such as TVs, Microwave ovens, laser printers and power tools require a transformer with 3 times the Wattage rating on the equipment. This is because these items require a surge of power when they are first turned on.
     
    IMPORTANT NOTE: Watts may be abbreviated as W on your appliance. However if you can't find Watts or W on the label of your appliance, then you may be able to find Amps, also known as amperage or A. This can be converted to Watts in order to select the correct converter.
     
    If only the amperage rating is shown, multiply the input voltage by the amperage rating to find the wattage rating. Volts x Amps = Watts, e.g. 110V x 1.5 A = 165W
     

    Cycles - 50 Hz vs. 60 Hz

    North American 110-120 volt electricity is generated at 60 Hz (cycles) alternating current. Most foreign 220-240 volt electricity is generated at 50 Hz (cycles) alternating current. This cycle difference will cause analog clocks and timing circuits that use alternating current as a timing base to keep incorrect time. Most modern electronic equipment including battery chargers, computers, printers, stereos, tape and CD players, VCR/DVD players, CRT, Plasma, or LCD TVs and Monitors, etc. will not be affected by the difference in cycles.
     

    Frequently Asked Questions About Voltage Converters

     
    Step-Down Only or Step-Up/Step-Down Voltage Converters
    In North America, parts of South America and a few other places, a 110 volt standard is used. In the majority of the world, 220 volts is the standard. When appliances from 110 volt countries need to be used in 220 volt countries, a “Step-Down” voltage converter is needed. When appliances from 220 volt countries need to be used in 110 volt countries, a “Step-Up” voltage converter is needed.
     
    110 Volts vs. 120 Volts or 220 Volts vs. 230 Volts vs. 240 Volts?
    Voltage converter ratings are generally within a voltage range. Appliances rated for 110 volts or 120 volts can usually operate from anywhere between 100 volts and 127 volts. Likewise, 220 volt or 230 volt appliances can usually operate from anywhere between 220 volts and 240 volts. Therefore, any quality Step-Down voltage converter will allow any 110 volt appliance to operate in 220 volt, 230 volt or even 240 volt countries. This is also true with a quality Step-Up voltage converter, which will allow any 220 volt appliance to be used in any 110 volt or 120 volt countries.
     
    What About Voltage Stabilizers?
    In some countries, the voltage fluctuates a lot more than a few volts. In many areas, “brownouts” are very common. This occurs when the voltage dips so low that lights actually dim considerably. For most appliances, this is a lot worse than if the voltage just completely shut off. Often, this low voltage condition is followed by a surge of power, which can also damage electrical appliances.
     
    To protect your valuable electronics, we offer high quality voltage converters with voltage stabilizers built right in. Our Type 4 and Type 5 voltage transformers keep the output voltage stable no matter how much the input voltage varies. If the condition becomes too extreme, these high quality voltage converters will simply shut down, protecting your appliances.
     
    What about the Hertz? 50hz vs. 60hz?
    In general, the difference in Hertz never hurts anything! In North America, and a few other places, 60hz is the standard. However, in most of the world 50hz is the standard. These numbers represent the “frequency” of the A/C voltage. Voltage converters only convert the voltage, not the frequency.
     
    Normally, this is not an issue, as most modern appliances are rated 50/60hz. Most high tech appliances have internal systems which regulate the frequency they are using. When purchasing a voltage transformer, the frequency (50hz or 60hz) generally does not matter.
     
    Washers and dryers are exceptions to this. A 50 hertz washer or dryer cannot be used on a 60 hertz circuit. Likewise, a 60 hertz machine cannot be used on a 50 hertz circuit. Analog clocks also rely on the frequency to operate correctly, so they cannot be used on different frequencies than what they are rated for.
     
    If you have highly sensitive electronic equipment, check with the manufacturer before using any voltage transformer.

  • Multi-system Television Buying Guide

    Multi-system TV Buying Guide

    Multisystem TV 's are all compatible with video systems from any country including NTSC, Pal, and Secam. These TVs are the perfect option for International customers that have relocated to the USA or are Relocating outside the USA. We can offer an International relocation consultation and set you up with everything you will need for your International move outside the USA. Generally speaking, purchasing a multi system TV from us will be less expensive than purchasing that same TV in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, etc. Also we have a larger selection of TVs than you will find in most countries.
     
    The TVs we sell can be used anywhere in the world. They support all formats including Pal, NTSC, and Secam. Multisystem LCD and Plasma TVs are 110-220 volts and can be used in Europe, Asia, North America, South America, and any other place in the world. Perfect for International Relocations. We also offer Multi system Home theater systems as well as code free DVD players, and region free portable DVD players on our website. They are compatible with any VCR or TV for viewing anywhere in the world. All televisions are NTSC, Pal, and Secam and 110-240 volts. They can be used anywhere in the world.
     
    Please choose what kind of Multi System TV you are looking for. Also don't forget to see our weekly special promotional offers! We understand that you have other options when choosing for a Multi system TV vendor. Our goal is to offer you the best service, knowledgeable customer service, at the best possible price. We will explain what Plasma, LED, LCD, or HDTV will work best for you, and why. If you already have a TV, we will try to provide you with the necessary equipment to use it overseas. We don't want to sell you something and be done with it like our competition. We want to help you buy something and thus earn your business. Please call us before you buy elsewhere and tell us how we can earn your business. We promise to provide the best possible customer service, the largest variety of products for Multi System customers, as well as the best possible prices.
     

    Commonly Asked Questions About Our Televisions...

    Quick Links

     

    What are Pal, NTSC, and Secam?

    There are several different and incompatible video formats in use around the world. Video broadcasts and recorded material in the USA will not play on equipment in Europe, for example - and vice versa!
     
    NTSC (National Television System Committee)
    Color system currently used in North America. All TVs sold in the USA and Canada that are not purchased from a specialty Multi System store such as us, are NTSC. NTSC is not compatible with other color systems such as Pal or NTSC. This means that if you would like to play a Pal or Secam DVD movie on a NTSC TV, it will come in black and white and the picture will scroll. You will not be able to see a viewable image on the TV. Also if you would like to take an NTSC TV to another country in Europe, Asia, or Africa, it will not work. There are ways of making it work by purchasing a Pal to NTSC converter as well as a voltage converter. This would normally cost over $300 by the time you are done, so it may not be worth it for some TVs. If you are interested in doing something like this please call one of our sales advisors at (847) 640-9000 or (877) 578-0587 toll free. The TVs that we carry are Multi system and support all the TV standards including Pal, NTSC, and Secam. So if you purchase one of our TVs they will work anywhere in the world.
     
    Pal (Phase Alternation by Line)
    Color system currently used in Europe, Asia, Africa and many other places outside North America. This system is also not compatible with any of the others. So if you brought a Pal TV with you from overseas it will probably not work here in the USA.
     
    Secam (SÉquentiel Couleur À Mémoire")
    Color system currently used mainly in France. This system is also not compatible with any of the others.
     
    Note: We do offer video converters that will allow you to convert from one TV system to another, however the best picture quality is obtained only by buying a multi system TV. Normally if you are viewing Pal DVD movies in the USA, our DVD players do have very good video converters built in so you do not need to purchase a Multi system TV. However if you are wanting to use a TV overseas, it is recommended to purchase a multi system TV. Please call one of our Sales advisors if you have any questions.
     

    Which TVs work where? I'm moving overseas and am wondering if my TV will work?

    NTSC TV's will work only in North America, unless you purchase a video converter and a voltage converter. Even with the conversion, it is recommended purchasing a Multi System TV, which is made to work anywhere in the world.
     

    I just moved to the USA for a temporary period of time and want to buy a TV that will work here, and that I can take with me when I move back. What can I use?

    Buying a Multi System TV will be your best option in this situation because you will be able to take it overseas with you when you move back. Also the Multi System TVs we sell in the USA are usually much cheaper than those available overseas. So if you purchase your TV here, you will be able to get a better, cheaper model and take that back with you. Also, normally duties and taxes in Europe are only on new items, so if you have used the TV here in the USA before moving, you will probably not have to pay as much in taxes.
     

    DVD players & VCRs: I want to be able to play foreign videos and DVDs

    If you are not going to be taking your TV overseas, but you just want to be able to play DVD and VHS movies that are Pal or a different region here in the USA you should consider purchasing a Code Free DVD Player that has a built in Pal to NTSC converter. We have many models to choose from on our Region Free DVD Player category page. If you are also wanting to Play Pal VHS movies, you should look into a DVD/VCR combo or a VCR and a External video converter. We have packages and specials on these devices on our site, and you can call us for more information on them as well if you would like: (847) 640-9000 or (877) 578-0587.
     

    TV Tuner: What is it and do I need one?

    A TV tuner is a card in the TV that allows you to change channels. TV tuners also have different systems around the world: Pal, NTSC, and Secam. Pal M and Pal N are tuners that are used in South America. A tuner's function is to capture your signal through your antenna or a cable service and turn it into a video signal your TV can read. It allows you to change channels on your TV to the channel you want to watch. TV tuners are also in devices such as DVD recorders, VCRs, cable boxes, satellite receivers, etc. Modern day applications usually involve the use of a satellite receiver or a cable box to receive TV channels. Thus, A TV tuner is normally not utilized in these application. However if you have an old fashioned TV connection where you are receiving channels from a roof antenna or your cable company will not provide you a cable box, you will need a TV tuner. If the TV you purchase does not have one, you can use a VCR or a DVD recorder instead. However 99% of the modern day applications do not require you to use the TV tuner as there is already one in the cable box, HD cable box, DVR box provided by your cable company, or they utilize the satellite receiver used with satellite dish applications which are used as a tuner. The short answer is if you will be subscribing to a cable or satellite service, you probably do not need a tuner in your TV.

  • Welcome / About 220 Electronics

    Welcome to our newly launched blog! We hope you enjoy the informational articles that we will be posting here about all things international electronics and that you continue to check back with us for all of your relocating needs!
     
    We are a worldwide distributor of multi-system electronics, in business since 1979. We are retailers of region-free DVD players, code-free DVD players, home theater systems, multi system TVs, voltage converters & transformers, Pal camcorders, unlocked GSM phones, international prepaid SIM cards, 110-240 volts appliances, and much more. We specialize in helping families relocate overseas and offer free consultations helping with broadcast system, voltage, and plug differences.
     
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    If you are planning to move overseas or if you are moving from overseas to the USA we can offer you a free consultation that will allow us to explain which Converters or Transformers you will need to be able to use your electronic items after you move. We can also provide advice on what products you can take with you, and what to leave behind. We carry multi System TVs, VCRs, DVD Players, Home Theaters, GSM phones, and much more to help you with your International relocation. Please call (877) 578-0587 for more information.

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