Helga, I’m curious… if you have access to a split-phase electrical panel, you could add a 220-volt breaker and run a new cable. Simple, less expensive, correctly sized, and less cumbersome than an adapter.
You are correct, this converter will not provide 220 volts if both plugs are plugged into the same electrical phase.I am not 100% clear. If you are saying the converter won't give out 220V if plugged into standard US dual outlet, then what would an electrician need to do for this converter to produce 220V?
To run 220V from breaker box, an electrician would have to start at the breaker box, install a 220V enabled breaker and run a 220V wire all the way around the house to the desired 220V location.
What would an electrician have to do to get the two 110V outlets to be functioning in the way that this converter would be able to convert to 220V? Would the work by electrician be easier? Would he not have to start all the way at the breaker box?
Jeb is mostly correct. The only caveat is that most breaker boxes alternate phases using buss bars that allow 2 adjacent breakers to be used as 220 volts. In other words, it’s not the column that determines the phase, but the shape of the buss bars inside the panel. In this case, if your garage uses 2 breakers next to each other inside the breaker box, that’s a GOOD thing!What Vadsoom said is correct, but maybe saying this might help: (I may be wrong here so please note that I am not an electrician, so this will have to be verified by a certified electrician. I am posting this to give you hope!)
1. IF you have you have two different circuits in your garage (I'm guessing you are installing in a garage?), THEN they each can be turned off with 2 different circuit breakers in your panel box.
2. IF this is true AND IF the breakers are in different columns in the breaker box (i.e. one on the left side, one on the right side), THEN you can make 220v by combining them with the converter device.
3. IF the two breakers are in the same column in your panel box, THEN you would have to rewire one breaker to the other column in the panel box to get your 220V.
So I do not come here often, but saw this by email feed when it started.My electric panel is too far from my parking area and on a different floor, so trying to run a 220V new wire would be too difficult and too expensive.