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michaelb

11:02AM | 08/07/00
Member Since: 08/06/00
3 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
I've recently moved into an apartemnt which is a converted 2 story house. I have discovered that when I charge a device like an electric razor it gets very warm, within minutes in fact, the razors charge time is usually about 4 hours. I get a similar experience with my cellphone and then even when it indicates that it's fully charged it only lasts for 2 days, whereas if I charge my phone at work it last for more than 5 days.
How do I pinpoint this problem for my landlord? Is it voltage, amps or bad circuitry as it occurs on multiple outlets?

rpxlpx

04:25AM | 08/08/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Check the voltage with a meter. Compare the voltage with the voltage at work, using the same meter if possible.

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited August 08, 2000).]

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited August 08, 2000).]

michaelb

04:33AM | 08/14/00
Member Since: 08/06/00
3 lifetime posts
Ok so I have tested the Voltage in my old apartment, it's a consistent 123 V,
my office is 123 V, the new place I am worried about had varying voltages at midnight last night from 125,6 V to 126,8 V, this morning at 7am every outlet was about half a Volt lower in reading than last night. Should I be concerned?

rpxlpx

09:49AM | 08/14/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
A difference of 1 or 2 volts is insignificant. Devices like yours are made to handle a pretty wide range.
As to why you're getting poor performance after charging, I don't know. Maybe someone else can suggest??

michaelb

12:15PM | 08/15/00
Member Since: 08/06/00
3 lifetime posts
So yesterday at 10pm all outlets were measuring a consistent 128 Volts.

What is the acceptable safe range for range?

rpxlpx

04:13AM | 08/29/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
I was hoping someone else would hava an idea for you but noone has responded.
As to the acceptable voltage range, the charger for each device has a range. You'll have to look at the manufacturer's info, but I think it's likely they're all perfectly safe and within range.

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bc

08:40PM | 08/31/00
Member Since: 02/16/00
45 lifetime posts
Most stuff is rated to run at 110 to 130 without much trouble. There will always be some voltage flucuations but yours seems a little high. If all else fails, call the power company with your concerns, they could have a bad transformer or some other line voltage problems.

ElectrcBil

06:29AM | 09/01/00
Member Since: 07/21/00
76 lifetime posts
The volatage fluctuations occur because during summer the power companies increase the voltage to accomodate large increases in power. The reason the voltage seems higher at night, is less demand for power, less ac units running etc. The range of 110 to 130 is appropriate and normal. Your devices may be charging too quickly at the higher voltage but i am not really sure why they would be hotter. Usually when voltage increases the amperage of a device goes down and thus the power lost to heat goes down. As far as the performance is concerned the faster a battery charges the quicker it will wear down. That is about all i have for you.
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