At the end of the year, I'm going to be moving from the US to Argentina.
Argentina uses 50Hz vs. the US' 60Hz and I'm wondering if I can use a couple
of appliances that I really don't want to put in storage. I know I can get
a transformer to drop the voltage down from 240 to 120, but the power will
still be at 50Hz and I'm wondering what effect that will have on these
I have a rather expensive automatic espresso machine. Its a Saeco Royal
Digital Plus. Saeco says it will work, but that 50Hz will, over time, cause
some damage to the machine. They couldn't be any more specific than that
(timeframe, nature of "damage", etc. are unclear). The machine has a motor
that runs the grinder & tamper. It also has a boiler for the water and an
electronic touchpad for controling the brewing of coffee. There's no clock
on it, but I gather there are some timing functions in terms of automatic
shut-off and how long to run the brew cycle for.
My other appliance is a small (34 bottle) wine fridge. The manufacturer is
Both of these appliances call for 120v/60Hz. What effect do you think
120V/50Hz would have on these? Again, I really don't want to stick them in
storage, but I also don't want them to die in the first couple of months of
use in Argentina.
Thanks in advance for any assistance/info.