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CYCLES/HZ

We know this whole electrical issue is confusing.  Please call us if you have any questions and we'll help you determine what you'll need to take to use your electrical items abroad.
 
Cycles are the number of times AC electric current "alternates" each second. 
  • In the US, the rest of North and Central America and some of South America, the current alternates 60 times per second, or "60Hz." 
  • In Europe and most of the rest of the world, the current alternates 50 times each second, or "50Hz."
Most electrical equipment operates the same way regardless of whether the current alternates 50 or 60 times per second.  This includes, but is not limited to, battery chargers, computers, printers, stereos, tape and CD players, and VCR/DVD players.
Appliances that are affected by cycle differences are those with motors, such as turntables and clocks.  They will run faster or slower than they should depending on the cycle difference.

As with any rule of thumb, however, there are exceptions.  To be sure, consult the appliance's technical documentation or contact the manufacturer. 

No device is known to change cycles. 
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