120 Volt Outlet

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Discussion in 'General 4Runner Talk' started by DGP1961, Sep 24, 2018. Any time you do electric work in a home, or even need or want to move your appliances around, you need to understand the difference between 120 and 240 volt outlets. You will find them both in your home; but how are they actually different, and why do you need to know the difference to begin with?

That’s what this post will examine. Understanding Electrical Currents. Think of electrical currents in your home as pressure. The more quickly and harder the individual electrons are pushed through your electrical wiring, the more power they will provide to the outlet. Of course, that means you have to be very careful. Not every electrical wire (and outlet) can handle higher voltage, such as 240 volts.

Ignore that fact, and your conductors can overheat, leading to significant fire hazards.