Have you ever wondered if there is any difference between 220v tanning beds and the usual 110v versions? You wondered right – there is a difference. But no, it's not a case of one being more powerful than the other. Let's discuss exactly what a 2220v tanning beds are, how they are different from 110v beds, and which ones you should buy. Here are the answers to your most common questions.
Are they more powerful?
No. Just because 220v tanning beds use more voltage than their 110v counterparts does not mean that they are more powerful. More voltage certainly makes moving machines such as industrial motors faster and more powerful, but in the case of tanning beds which has no moving parts, voltage does not matter. What really counts is the quality of the tanning lamps and other electronics in the bed.
Should I buy a 220v unit?
Yes and no. It depends on where in the world you live. 220v tanning beds usually do not function as smoothly as they should in the United States because American current is set at an incompatible 240 volts at 60 hertz. 220v tanning beds work best in Europe , where currents are 220 volts at 50 hertz.
In addition, some kinds of 220V tanning beds are extremely sensitive – they will literally not function if the voltage is not precisely between 220 and 230 volts. This becomes a problem, especially when your tanning bed conks out and you are forced to take it back to the manufacturer. Most companies render your warranty invalid and blame your ‘carelessness,' unless you can prove that you hired a qualified electrician to install a ‘buck boost' transformer. So it is best to think very long and hard before you invest in 220V tanning beds.
What if the 220V tanning beds are too cheap to pass up?
If you find 220v tanning beds at a good price that you just cannot resist, though, then do not despair – you never have to walk away from a good bargain just because you live in the other side of the globe. There are adapters designed so that you can use 220v tanning beds without the risk of damaging its parts even when you're in the United States .
Available in the market these days are new generation electronics systems that can run on any voltage and do not even require off board capacitors nor buck boosters (which are sometimes worth more than $300). What's more, these systems generally use 30 percent to 50 percent less electricity than other electronic systems, and are equipped to handle fluctuating voltages. Invest in these systems and you will already be able to use 220v tanning beds without a problem. Be sure to do simple cost analysis before buying anything, though, because you may end up spending more on discounted 220v tanning beds (because you need to buy adapters) than you would on slight more expensive but ‘very American' 110v tanning beds.