I brought an Indian clothes drier to Kenya. Technical Specifications Motor Rating (Watts)125: Heater Rating (Kw)1.8: Power Supply 220V Single Phase, 50 Hz; Voltage Range 220+10%. I want to change the plug to a UK style 3 pin 13 amp plug as used in Kenya (Kenya power is on 220-240 single phase 50 Hz) Using a Watts to amps converter (125 w at 240 amp) it comes out well within 13 amps. Is it therefore safe to just change the plugs (assuming I wire it up properly!!)

  • Are you entirely sure the heater rating is 1.8KW? By contrast, USA dryers have 5.5KW heaters, and America has a fairly weak power system (because of building our network first, while others studied and learned.) I agree that dryer should draw 8-10 amps tops and is fit for a 13A UK plug (especially since they have fuses!) P.S. Got any more presidents? Commented Jul 19, 2017 at 19:41
  • Cheers Harper - concensus is a green light ... on presidents - we'll find out in August ? Though as a non citizen I won't be voting. Commented Jul 21, 2017 at 5:03
  • @harper I don't know what india and kenya are like but the vast majority of driers sold for domestic use in the UK are designed to work with a normal 13A socket. Dedicated drier circuits are practically unheard of in domestic installations in the UK. Commented Apr 14, 2018 at 23:37

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So motor is 125W, heater is 1800W, add those together we get 1925W.

Pump, controls etc may add a little but it should still be well within what a 13A plug can supply.

I have no idea what wiring in kenya is like though. It's not unheard of in some countries for power circuits to be rated lower than the sockets on said circuits.

  • Thanks Peter - really helpful ... concensus is its dooable - I'll give it a try and watch carefully when I turn it on ! Commented Jul 21, 2017 at 5:02

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