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Posted Wed Jun 20, 2012, 5:00am
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PJK Said:

Hi Alex,

... Back  a few years back folks were buying 500 VA cheap Chinese variable transformers and "over fusing" them.  That practice always gave me the Willies but they got by.  When the poor thing would expire after a short life they would complain that they were "cheap Chinese junk".  My guess is that they would have had a decent life if used within their ratings.

Phil

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Phil, had one of those new, red Chinese variacs for 4.5 months.  Used it, with no over-fusing, with a Gene Cafe.  It burnt up.  Standing there roasting one day and pretty soon we had smoldering and plastic/electrical aroma. Seller wanted to replace it; I wanted refund.  No deal.  No way I was going to use that in my home.

I put it out to the curb and bought an old Powerstat off eBay.  Works like a champ, 4 years later.  Just one anecdote but I think pretty telling.

 
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Posted Wed Jun 20, 2012, 5:55am
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rgrosz Said:

Thanks for the recommendation. I see he has an item labeled as "USA MADE COFFEE BEAN ROASTER ROASTING VARIAC TEMPERATURE CONTROL FRENCH ROAST".

A bit pricey at $220. Too bad it is only 10 amps / 1400 watts.

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He has all sizes. If you don't see what you want on his store just call him up. He'll get you one plenty big enough for what you want.


His price is higher, but it's a lifetime warranty and it won't burn itself up. Some of the chinese ones actually burn!
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