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Electrical items to bring when moving to Spain

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Posted: Sun May 12, 2019 9:44pm
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Adele

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We will be moving out to Spain later this year. Is it worth bring any power/gardening tools with us. Understand that the plugs will be three pin so will need adaptors but what about the electricity supply. Will it support the tools? Thanks

RayD

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Sun May 12, 2019 10:16pm

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Posted: Sun May 12, 2019 10:16pm

The voltage in Spain is nominally 220 as in the UK. You can bring UK electrical goods out here but you have to pay to transport them and change the plugs to european ones.

You can buy anything out here so weigh up the cost of buying new against transporting.

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Posted: Sun May 12, 2019 10:24pm

It’s also worth considering that gardening techniques are often significantly different to the UK.

Hedge trimmers and lawnmowers probably won’t get much use. Strimmers aren’t much use unless you have lots of overgrown ground to clear. An electric chainsaw may be handy if you have a log burner, or a palm tree to trim.

Pete.

Adele

Adele

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Mon May 13, 2019 7:32am

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Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 7:32am

Thanks Ray and Pete for your advice. We will be having a lorry to bring furniture...just didn't want to fill it with items that might not work. We have a lot of hedge to trim!! 

Allan 01

Mon May 13, 2019 9:08am

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Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 9:08am

Hi ,bring your power tools , they are extortionate here , you will pay nearly as much for an unknown make , with a paper stick on manufacturers label , as you would for Bosch makita etc 

Anything to do with DIY , or car accessories are horrendous , , so I would. Bring them , and my garden stuff  

Adele

Adele

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Mon May 13, 2019 10:07am

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Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 10:07am

That's great Allan. Thanks for the info

Adele

Richard080943

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Mon May 13, 2019 2:40pm

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Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 2:40pm

Bring you clothes tumble dryer - not a joke!  You will need it in the winter.

Richard in Crevillent

Adele

Adele

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Mon May 13, 2019 3:09pm

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Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 3:09pm

I don't use one in the UK Richard.... but there is one in the house I'm buying and I thought that was strange !?

Cheryl

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Mon May 13, 2019 4:03pm

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Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 4:03pm

Yes, agree, I left mine in UK so had to buy a new one here.

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Wed May 15, 2019 8:23am

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Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 8:23am

One piece of advice to add on to the other suggestions. Pick up some 4gang and 6 gang extension leads!

The tip is to swap out the UK plug for a Spanish shuko plug but then you still have the UK 3 pin outlet (socket). The replacement plugs can be between 1€ to 3€ each depending on type and style etc.

This comes in handy specifically for TV/Satellite etc as well as for kitchen appliances. You may also need to swap the plug if you have garden equipment which you will need an extension lead for.

My further recommendation is to buy decent Anti Surge extensions leads (a little more expensive) to protect Computer and Television equipment as we experience a lot of power issues in Spain.

The swapping of the plug tops is straight forward enough, if you need any more advice then please feel free to drop me a note

Hope it helps

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