Quick 220® Electrical Power Requirements
The Quick 220® Power Supply operates with the two most common 120 volt electrical systems in the US and Canada. The Quick 220® power supply needs:
• Two 120V grounded outlets on two different electrical phases.
• Outlets wired correctly.
• No GFI’s (ground fault interrupters) controlling the outlets. (The Quick 220® System will turn off a GFI outlet.)
• The ampere draw of your 208-240V device must be within the ampere capacity of the building’s circuit breakers and the Quick 220® system.
To check if outlets are wired correctly, use an outlet tester. Our TEST001 is an example. If the tester has a push button, it will also test to see if a GFI controls the outlet.
There are several ways to determine if your outlets are on different phases.
1. With a Quick 220® System, following the instructions, plug one of the cords into an outlet. Then, try different outlets with the second cord until the Quick 220® lamp illuminates. Use an extension cord, if necessary.
2. Measure the voltage between the “hot” slots of two outlets with a volt meter, using an extension cord if necessary. If the voltage measured is over 200 volts, the outlets are on different phases and will power the Quick 220® system. If the voltage measured is near 0V, the outlets are the same phase and one needs to try another outlet. The “hot” slot is the small slot on the outlet.
3. Chart out which outlets are controlled by each circuit breaker. This is more complex, but sometimes the only option.