Help!

Errant Venture Errant Venture
First of all, sorry if my post makes no sense. I've been head-desking for several hours now.

Recently I purchased the Hitachi Magic Wand for my girl. Yay me (and her), so you would think, but apparently not. I had put a lot of thought into my decision; compared toys, sought opinions, yet the one thing I forgot to check was the plug.

Currently she lives in Australia. Now, when she got it, she noted that it needs a plug adapter. Countries would insist on doing things differently, after all. In the beginning, we thought it would be as simple as buying a plug adapter, which she did, where you can put the two-pin American design into a little thing which has the three pin angled Aussie design to insert into the wall, and everything would be fine. I'm sure you're familiar with such a device.

However.

It turns out that the US runs on a different voltage (110V) than the Aussies (240V). The adapter doesn't convert the voltage. If she had used it without double-checking, she may have seriously injured herself. We looked around online, looking for a converter, or a transformer (which might not work, since they use different frequencies - 50hz for the transformer, 60 for the Hitachi). Too, the Hitachi site says (it) can't be used in Aus.

Now, as you can imagine, this was quite annoying. Doubly so, because, while this was not our first toy, it was the first one I've ever gotten for her.

So do we have any Aussies (or expert electricians) out there who know how to get round this? Know any bits of tech that'll help? Please? Any and all help would be appreciated.
10/15/2011
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Peggi Peggi
Quote:
Originally posted by Errant Venture
First of all, sorry if my post makes no sense. I've been head-desking for several hours now.

Recently I purchased the Hitachi Magic Wand for my girl. Yay me (and her), so you would think, but apparently not. I had put a lot of thought into ... More
Sometimes products are able to withstand higher voltage but I would certainly double check with the company or someone who knows that specific product well before trying.

They do sell voltage converters, though.

Basically you would need the adapter, and then plug the converter into the adapter.
10/15/2011
Redboxbaby Redboxbaby
Quote:
Originally posted by Errant Venture
First of all, sorry if my post makes no sense. I've been head-desking for several hours now.

Recently I purchased the Hitachi Magic Wand for my girl. Yay me (and her), so you would think, but apparently not. I had put a lot of thought into ... More
You may want to PM Linga (she lives in AU) directly. She has one listed on her Favorites page.
10/15/2011
Kkay Kkay
If the other options yield nothing, I have heard mention of an Australian version of the Hitachi.
10/15/2011
Errant Venture Errant Venture
Yes, Linga's opinion was to go for the Aussie version, too. That, or get a transformer, but that would be difficult for her to get, so I think we'll be sending it back, and try this Aussie one. Thanks, everyone, for all your help!
10/17/2011
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