Shopping in Asia is not only limited to clothes, novelty items, animes, and beauty supplies.  When I visit to Taiwan and Japan, in particular I’m always attracted to check out small kitchen appliances.

I’ve bought mini grill, nagashi somen (流しそうめん) machine, travel cookers, blenders and more in Japan.  I was all thrilled and excited until the grill failed to work one day and found out due to the tiny bit of 20 volts voltage different in Canada to Japan, it went out of order because Japanese appliances are designed to run on 100V electricity, and if you plug one into a 120 volts Canadian receptacle without an appropriate transformer, it can burn out, especially on appliances that produce heat.  This is actually the second Japanese appliances that burnt out, the first one was a MD mini disc player I got in the 2000s.

After all my nagashi somen machine works completely fine because it’s battery powered!

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Therefore I would not recommend anyone to purchase any heat related appliances , including grill, heater, toaster, oven etc., when you visit Asia like Taiwan or Japan with a voltage of 110V and 100V.

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There are 3 things to determine each country’s voltage standard:

  • development
  • technology
  • resources

Voltage is the difference in electric potential between two points. Common voltages supplied by power companies to consumers are 110 to 120 volts and 220 to 240 volts.  Europe and most other countries in the world use a voltage which is twice that of the US. It is between 220 and 240 volts, whereas in Japan and in most of the Americas the voltage is between 100 and 127 volts.

When you purchase appliances from other countries, please consider:

  • verify the serial number of the product
  • check on warranty fine prints
  • keep receipt or prove of purchase for warranty/return/exchange
  • check on the voltage if it’s fit to use in your home country
  • purchase appliances with dual voltage or 100-240V convertible voltage is always recommended
  • choose appliances where you can use battery or charge with USB

Should I rent a WiFi device or buy a sim card in Asia?






  • 國家在發展過程中各種電壓等級
  • 國家在各個電壓等級的技術上優劣比較
  • 國家具體情況如資源問題





  • 核實產品的序列號
  • 核實產品的質保範圍都涵蓋哪裡,確保發票和保修卡上有零售商的印章和簽名
  • 索要發票和收據
  • 購買前需要注意電器的電壓,防止買回去不能正常使用
  • 如果可以選擇最好選購可變壓(100-240V)的型號
  • 選擇可以使用電池或者利用USB充電的電器