Do you know the unseen difference between a hair-dryer and a clothes-dryer? In many homes, both of these appliances are powered by electricity from the wall. However, a clothes dryer requires more energy to create the larger amount of hot, circulating air needed to dry your laundry. Most outlets in your home supply 120 volts to whatever you plug in, like a hair dryer, and most electronics are designed with this in mind. Larger appliances require more voltage from the wall and instead are designed to operate on 240 volts. This includes things like clothes dryers, welders, heat presses, commercial kitchen appliances, and electric vehicle chargers. Often, these kinds of things use a dedicated outlet, but if one isn’t available, you’ll need a voltage converter.

To understand why this extra power is needed, it might help to think of electricity like water. In this analogy, the electrical voltage in a system is just like water pressure in a series of pipes. If you put your hand in front a stream of water and then increase the water pressure, the water will push on your hand harder; the water pressure increases. The same thing happens with electricity; as the voltage increases, the electricity can do more work because its potential to do work increases. This is why appliances with strong electric motors or powerful heating elements need higher voltage.

Your electric utility supplies power to your home in a three-wire system. Two wires carry 120 volts that are out of phase with each other, and the third is a neutral wire. These two phases are actually split from a single 240 volt phase. When a 240 volt outlet is installed, they are both connected and recombined to create the higher voltage needed. Since many homes have, at most, a single 240 volt outlet for the dryer, every time you need to use an EV charger or commercial equipment for a home business, you have to have a special outlet installed.

Well, we’ve got great news: the voltage converters from Quick 220® can do the same thing, but without you having to call an expensive electrician. All you need to do is plug your Quick 220® voltage converter into two 120 volt outlets on separate phases. The voltage converter then combines the phases into a single 240 volt supply. It couldn’t be easier! The quick 220 voltage converter will even tell you if it’s hooked up correctly. So if you are thinking of starting or already run home business, have an EV, or operate any other commercial equipment, save yourself time and money. Use the Quick 220® voltage converter to make an easy and convenient 240 volt outlet wherever you need it.