Arrarex Caravel - 220v element on 110v

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salmotrutta
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#1: Post by salmotrutta »

I received a beautiful example from /member/abartholomew/

I've been using it on 110 with the original 220v element via a plug adapter. It heats up more quickly than I expected, but I have been pouring boiling water in to speed things up. I calibrated the thermostat to just under 200F and it's remarkably temp stable.

Is it possible that the 220v element is actually preferable if you are willing to trade stability for speed? Seems like the more gentle heating is limiting overshoot-- once up to temp it's rock solid at 200F.

Nunas
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#2: Post by Nunas »

salmotrutta wrote:<snip>Is it possible that the 220v element is actually preferable if you are willing to trade stability for speed? Seems like the more gentle heating is limiting overshoot-- once up to temp it's rock solid at 200F.
I also converted my Caravel to 120 after using it with the 220 volt element. I didn't detect any difference in overshoot. One thing for sure though, a 220 volt element running on 120 volts should last forever. Like you, I preheated the water.