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Destruction! Running 120 Volt Items on 230 Volts

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We wondered what would happen if we took items that were intended for use on 120 volts AC and ran them on 230 volts.
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Sncf Madness (1 month ago)
Good test hahah +1
Elijah Coelho (1 month ago)
We have a modern fu#ker clip fan
Elijah Coelho (1 month ago)
My Holmes clip fan come back to me
Charlie Jordan (1 month ago)
Do it on a motor
Małgosia z Krainy Grzybów (1 month ago)
Noctumus (3 months ago)
12:00 → "SEVERAL MINUTES LATER" → 12:01 ... seems legit.
Gecko 347 (3 months ago)
Vicente Carrasco (3 months ago)
my idea is use a frecuency converter,the frecuency converter is for use 60hz and then transform 600hz electricity to damage some electric devices
Gabriel Vieira (3 months ago)
That back vocal is so asthetic
Tu Hast (4 months ago)
You two are such an adorable couple. I love this!
Harley Badger (27 days ago)
Hehe thanks!
YoshiRulez05 (4 months ago)
14:34 scared the crap out of me
YoshiRulez05 (4 months ago)
5:46 I jumped so hard when he turned it on and it popped
Christopher Toft (5 months ago)
Guess what, if you bought a cheap china pride modern washing machine, you can run it on 230v.
Fan Boy 11 (5 months ago)
The Holmes fan sounds on 240 volts sounds like a vornado flipping fan on high on 120 volts
Leos Technik Kanal (5 months ago)
2:55 it sure has 300000000 watts PMPO
Joy Ling Wong (6 months ago)
Can u pls try a revlon one step hairdryer and straightener? Bought it from amazon US and then read that it can’t be used outside of US and Canada :( is there any transformer / step down voltage converter that u would recommend for the 1100w hairdryer? Thanks much!
Jared Schwerdt (7 months ago)
3:58 to 4:03 how is it several minutes later if the clock said 12:00 before 4:00 and after 4:02 12:01?
Harley Badger (27 days ago)
The power had been removed for a moment because (off-camera) Spats thought the transformer was smoking
Joseph Borne (7 months ago)
Oh yeah yeah.
Joseph Borne (7 months ago)
Oh yeah yeah
The Elevator World (8 months ago)
Where did you buy a 230 volt transformer?
Harley Badger (27 days ago)
I honestly don't remember where I found those, I think they were at a thrift store
909 FPV (8 months ago)
Also which "thermal fuse" you found it a brushless motor lol. You just plugged it back in and due to the already burned windings it was more like a short circuit.
Harley Badger (27 days ago)
It's a shaded-pole motor with a thermal fuse, what part of that doesn't make sense?
909 FPV (8 months ago)
Several minutes later.. 12:01 :D :D
Aaron Brandenburg (8 months ago)
That is correct about China and the Philippines But about with the fans you're testing on that video putting them on 240 volts ac all those have thermal fuses same thing of heating appliances even vacuum cleaner Motors some Transformers and many more things it is required by national electrical code for safety reasons and also a lot of CFLs half use a lot of things have fuses somewhere internally that may not even look like a fuse or a resistor that's designed to act like a fuse or the fusible resistor and now additional thermal fuses some fans have a fuse in the plug oftentimes those plugs are blue and also some fans even have fuses removable or a plug that takes a chrysalis like type views so yeah you're going to keep having that problem while off self just so you guys know so keep those tools handy and also PSA out there the right to repair movement he is trying to fight it but it is not to make you buy a new device it's for everyone's safety and prepare your house from burning down if something malfunctions I got a bad thermostat four blocks are on a hair dryer at Bed thermostat Etc worst old motor vacuum or I personally blocked vacuum at overheats Etc although some motors have a resettable thermal protector if you like cool will come back on but not all of them and some have both as well some recent ones looks or like a fluorescent starter capsule but just have bimetallic strip and contact Sherlock what's in a flashable except heavier but no filament and not only restaurant the temperature but they can also be used in something's is a circuit breaker such as in a Marlboro power pack a repaired one for somebody and that's what was protecting from overload and also it had happened so many times I excessively overloaded there's a bad wiring connections on a layout that had fried a diode 02 in the bridge rectifier causing a short which would trip that thermal breaker oh by the way you guys should put a TV on 220 old school CRT film Transformer 4 the CRC a really really old or chup chup radio whether chup chap equipment caution high voltage Transformer not like a Florida transfer on TV so stay out when it's on discharge all capacitors if you open it because whatever you put in romwe could be up at 400 false or so usually less but remember awake double batch and chances are you'll probably pop the filter caps which would make a nice big bang or as photonicinduction says I popped it
Christopher Doyle (8 months ago)
I have that same massey fan! And it makes that same annoying raddle!
reaper. (9 months ago)
Ahhhhh the smell of burning electronics
Insert name here (5 months ago)
drowning. It smells so -awful- great
A YouTube Channel with no name (10 months ago)
Jumpscare warning 14:33
xoddf2 (1 year ago)
11:18: I think I had one of those in the late 2000s and/or early 2010s.
The Elevator World (1 year ago)
11:32 I had that exact fan when I was little except mine had a grey back.
The Elevator World (1 year ago)
GPX!!! Digital Sound System!! 3 Band Equalizer!! Gotta Get my GPX On!!GPX!!!GPX!!!
JOSEPH atherton (1 year ago)
Shiro Sakumi白咲巧 (1 year ago)
Overvolt f u r r y
The Fan Universe (1 year ago)
10:52 looks like a jet engine entering a thick & thicker cloud lol.
Baltimore Alarms & Fans (1 year ago)
*G P X* *P* *X*
leaky capacitor (8 months ago)
*G* *P* *X* *P* *P* *X* *P* *G*
NoahBones 12 (1 year ago)
What was wrong with the lil' Holme Boy with chip clip? Just china pride?
Harley Badger (27 days ago)
Bearing going out
Tristan Heckler (1 year ago)
I LOVED it when the Massey Caught Fire!! 😆👌🏻♨️👍🏻♥️
Harley Badger (1 year ago)
haha! It stunk up the workshop pretty good (I had water off-camera just in case.)
The Fan Lemur (1 year ago)
Love how the fans gained decent high speeds, if only they ran like that without bursting into flames.
Chet Pomeroy (1 year ago)
That was really cool!!! When you do stuff like this *always* have a fire extinguisher handy, though.
Harley Badger (1 year ago)
Right behind my left shoulder ;-)
A Long (1 year ago)
Sorry, Gary
Nick Harper Vlogs (1 year ago)
Those cheap Chinese fans deserved the destruction!
Vintage&More (1 year ago)
try a ceiling fan on 240  as long as it isn't vintage..
lexmarks567 (1 year ago)
a chinapride HE washer LOL if you can find one in the trash. I should send you this bluetooth bicycle speaker that after 1 week started acting up. it works fine WHEN it works. I have to press the power button like 20+ times sometime to get it to turn on or off. other times it works fine. Had it for a month can't return.
lexmarks567 (1 year ago)
Harley Badger the speaker i was gonna send for you to destroy lol.
Harley Badger (1 year ago)
LMAO ya know, I could probably find a small one! I could probably fix your speaker, actually. But with the pile ahead of me, I'm only just now about to get to Joe's clock radio from like a year ago..haha!
Raven Louis (1 year ago)
Blacklight8001 (2 years ago)
Spats saying GPX every 30 seconds made the video just *that* much better. :)
Harley Badger (1 year ago)'re encouraging him. LOL
RAGE (2 years ago)
What about a hair dryer on 230v If possible A shitty crt tv that is only good for scrap on 230v
Matthew Best (1 year ago)
RAGE nope kept working for like a year later.
RAGE (1 year ago)
Matthew Best did it blew up ?
Matthew Best (1 year ago)
I accidently did that one time Was one vacation in the Phillipines which is 220v 60hz. One time and the hotel room had 2 different type of outlets. Type A us style and type C Asian and European. The book in the room said type A was 110v which is common in hotels because a lot of Americans go there. Needless to say I plugged in my 110v hair dryer turned it on. It turned red hot and the motor ran really fast.
RAGE (1 year ago)
Harley Badger great, i was also thinking about you could try to pop a big industrial incandescent light buld unlike the european 240v our 240v outlet have 2 120v power line per each side removing the neutral and a ground, some of them is 10amps while theres One with 15amp The 240v one is actually the same outlet type as the Australian 240v but the 15amp as horizontal prongs instead
Harley Badger (1 year ago)
I'm pretty sure a TV would simply make a single pop and be done... A hair dryer is a good idea, especially since the fan will probably fail more quickly than the elements :-) Not sure if my transformer would support the 6 or so amps though. I'd like to explore bigger transformers, or maybe even some sort of rig involving our existing 240v outlet (not shown, but to the right of the video just past the white cabinets.) Actually, that's an idea. I could rig up a power cable, plug it into that outlet, and use a contactor...that would give me remote control, I could stand way back and not be limited to 3 feet away. Huh...ideas, ideas... :-)
Matthew Best (2 years ago)
I have already suscribed.
Matthew Best (2 years ago)
As someone who deals with 3 phase 480v on a daily basis. It would be nice to see a junk Chinese toaster in 480v.
Harley Badger (1 year ago)
Spats does too! :-) and totally agreed, that would be epic.
talldude123 (2 years ago)
Well, we now know why uxwbill says "Smoke Test" before plugging something in!
kd9bwi (2 years ago)
About those fans, I will sarcastically say that China does a very good job lubricating the bearings!
Harley Badger (1 year ago)
haha good point
Leos Technik Kanal (2 years ago)
A tv
apctech1 (2 years ago)
the massy fan is bad or dry bearings:)
Harley Badger (2 years ago)
Yep, they were most likely bad. I oiled the crap out of them when I got it, but the damage was done.
Allan Pavon (2 years ago)
Try a cheap cassette player!
PC No (2 years ago)
I had one of those ear-trimmer clippers that wouldn't run anymore on an AA battery, so I just spliced a 5V AC adapter onto it. It got hot and I made a point of putting the blades under the faucet before using it, but it worked much more aggressively than when new for a couple of years that way.
SPC New Jersey Radios (2 years ago)
John F. Donnelly (2 years ago)
0:36 - I . . . think I had that exact model clock radio as a middle school student (early to mid 90s). 3:59 - ...meh. I heard wrong lyrics to certain songs outta that thing anyway. :p 6:45 - Oooh! Now the REAL fun begins! XD ...aww. :/ 11:19 - ...Hopefully this time...? ...awww. thewmaw fyooz... :/ 13:00 - take two... Dammit, breaker! :/ 13:25 - take three... Dammit, fan, you're supposed to fry YOURSELF, not the transformer! :p 14:32 - final take... ummmm your fan just caught fire standing still. Is that SUPPOSED to happen at a Grand Prix? :p 15:16 - Lightbulbs now; bulb one. ...Aww, it didn't even heat up! 17:30 - bulb two... whoa. Didn't even make it to THREE seconds! XD 18:23 - bulb three... Practically made it to three weeks tho! XD
ToryTheFanMan (2 years ago)
Spats: Is it working? Harley: Yes! Spats: How!! LMAO
Madness832 (2 years ago)
Am I to guess that the LED bulb was universal voltage (85-265 [or so])?
Harley Badger (2 years ago)
Yes, weeks ago LOL, and thank you very much!
Madness832 (2 years ago)
Oh so you did get it! Awesome!
Harley Badger (2 years ago)
Apparently, all three are marked "120v 60 Hz only" but as I have seen on bigclivedotcom's videos, most modern electronic ballasts seem to handle that wide voltage range. Something about the power supply being a combination of a capacitive dropper and a bridge rectifier and some varistors that allow the ballast to self-regulate. Unfortunate for me and/or this video though! LOL. And you're gonna be mentioned in an upcoming video, I mean, WOW, that gift couldn't have come at a better time, considering the subject of a couple recent videos. Thank you for that.
DOG Henderson (2 years ago)
Ryan Bohrer (2 years ago)
Ryan Bohrer (2 years ago)
Nice intro
Patrick Grogan (2 years ago)
Great video as always! Why do thermal fuses always have to ruin the fun? Interestingly enough, I have a funky outlet in my garage that has 310 written on it. I'm not sure if it is 310 volts, but it would do for burning stuff up!
Patrick Grogan (1 year ago)
Correction: it’s actually 210, I misread it as 310.
Harley Badger (2 years ago)
Thanks! And yep, next time I'm just gonna bypass them from the start. And 310 would be a weird voltage (in the US anyhow) because it's generally multiples of 120'ish, based on the supply transformer to the house. 120, 240, 480, etc, with 208 and 277 being exceptions, usually on three-phase service to businesses.
evanchapmanfanman (2 years ago)
Nice pops, good to see china pride shit dying, now all this video needs is the "somebody could have used that" bullshit comment lol
Harley Badger (2 years ago)
I am waiting for those comments LOL. Already got two who showed their China Pride.
randomrazr (2 years ago)
ur gonna burn ur house down
ToryTheFanMan (2 years ago)
Nah, They are pros at this stuff..LOL
Harley Badger (2 years ago)
MrMaguire (2 years ago)
Harley Badger (2 years ago)
Poor Gary, worked so hard to build the useless GPX!
Andy Rousonelos (2 years ago)
Awesome! Nothing like doing a good old destruction! You guys should set up a US style standard plug on 240 volts...Ive seen them before... I have to say, i do prefer the older intro's to the videos better, but that might be because the new Intro song reminds me of some people who did some awful things to me...
Harley Badger (2 years ago)
That transformer has a built-in US standard plug, only powered at 230v.
ToryTheFanMan (2 years ago)
davida1hiwaaynet (2 years ago)
Very cool!  You need to invest in a real transformer like the one I used for my power strip overloading tests!  That one has 240V, 480V and 600V(!) taps on it.... and will put out 3000 watts all day long......
Matthew Best (1 year ago)
Harley Badger the Philippines uses our outlets at 230v.
Harley Badger (2 years ago)
Ohhh! Right on, I didn't realize that :-)
davida1hiwaaynet (2 years ago)
One word - China.  In China many household goods have the standard 2-flat-blade plug like we have. Their standard outlet has the ability to accept a round pin or flat-blade plug. Many of the China domestic market devices have the 2-flat-blade plug WITHOUT the holes in the ends of the blades like ours do.
Harley Badger (2 years ago)
Yep, there will be more to come, and upgrades as well ;-) I just happened to have three of these transformers in a bin, no idea what specifically their original use would have been, because they all have the normal US standard outlet on that sort of defies logic. Any foreign 230v appliance wouldn't have the US plug on it, but maybe it's that way for plug-adaptor use.
TRAIN SHIPS (2 years ago)
Texas Instruments Chip in GPX ?
Harley Badger (2 years ago)
Yup, yer standard clock IC.
ToryTheFanMan (2 years ago)
Poor gary..LOL
ToryTheFanMan (2 years ago)
In Indiana of course..:P
Harley Badger (2 years ago)
I wonder where ole Gary is nowadays.
TRAIN SHIPS (2 years ago)
GPX = Chinese Plastic Crap.
Harley Badger (2 years ago)
themaritimegirl (2 years ago)
I had a feeling you were going to fry your transformer. That looks big enough to handle a couple of amps at best, and when you've got enough current to trip the breaker.... well... :P
Harley Badger (2 years ago)
Yeah, I shouldn't really be surprised XD
MTN Productions (2 years ago)
GPX is worst than Crosley for its modern turntables. I remember I had a GPX Walkman since I was young. Poor product. As for the video, it is an EOL for this ugly clock radio.
IAmNotAFunguy (2 years ago)
We bought a Waterpik flosser last January before a family trip to Australia despite my warnings to my mother that Australia's 240 volts of line power would fry it! Sure enough...
Mitchell Armstrong (2 years ago)
China pride!
SRCVintage Electronics (2 years ago)
You should plug in some modern Chinese appliances.
HPad (2 years ago)
A Water Kettle, Toaster, And maybe a Blender? LOL
Harley Badger (2 years ago)
Good ideas.
John McDevitt (2 years ago)
Are you guys both electrical engineers?
Kendon Morris (1 year ago)
Harley Badger you guys are not married correct because on your about page it says that you are
Harley Badger (2 years ago)
Yes. Spats is still on that career path and I was until 2012, I finished my degree and now am on a different path. Although I still engineer and consult with my father in my downtime.
Emerson Collie (2 years ago)
13:45 Had me laughing. Who knew that the transformer would randomly show it's china pride in the video. :P
Mr. Hoss Power 7 (1 year ago)
I was laughing too
Emerson Collie (2 years ago)
For your next destruction video, you can put the other transformer in the video. Just in case it wants to do some unplanned china pride like the last one did. :P
Harley Badger (2 years ago)
OMG I know! I didn't know what was gonna happen, and I was over by the door at the GFCI, so I couldn't get it better on video LOL
Sharkie626 (2 years ago)
Old School Spats Bear has returned! Great video. Haha Not forgetting about you either Harley!
Harley Badger (2 years ago)
Sean A806 (2 years ago)
The only outlet in my house that is a 240V, is a 240V outlet for a electric dryer. The house I live in used to be all electric looking at the braker panel, but the previous owners decided to get natural gas.
Matthew Best (2 years ago)
The newer gas dryers have variable temperature control and moisture sensors. For me gas is better. Mostly jeans the shirts, and if you are in an area were electric rates are sky high gas dryers tend to look a lot better.
Sean A806 (2 years ago)
Gas dryers are more efficient, but they are not as gentle on the clothes. Electric dryers are more gentle on the clothes.
Matthew Best (2 years ago)
Sean Wilkerson Natural has dryers are about 50 percent more efficient than electric clothes dryers that is why.
Nicholas M Daskievige (2 years ago)
GPX!! Great Pissing Xtreme!!
jaykay18 (2 years ago)
Nice! I thoroughly enjoyed that!
Harley Badger (2 years ago)
There will be more :-)
Eskie Wolf (2 years ago)
15:06 Hey your fan's on fire!!
Harley Badger (2 years ago)
Yeah, and I thought it was silly before this video to have some water handy. I don't think it's silly anymore haha.
foxy 1908 (2 years ago)
do more videos like this
Harley Badger (2 years ago)
We definitely will :-) This was sort of the pilot episode for a series.