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Voltage Conversion US to UK

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[b]Cats squirrel wrote: [/b][quote][b]adsa wrote: [/b][quote]Worked it out. Switch mode power supplies are not that bothered about frequency change...
[/quote]or voltage input ;-)
[/quote]Careful... it depends. Some are designed for universal voltage and some ain't.
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[b]oldphrt wrote: [/b][quote][b]Cats squirrel wrote: [/b][quote][b]adsa wrote: [/b][quote]Worked it out. Switch mode power supplies are not that bothered about frequency change...
[/quote]or voltage input ;-)
[/quote]Careful... it depends. Some are designed for universal voltage and some ain't.
[/quote]

:^

Most I've seen are Euro spec and will run on 110-120v with no problem. But I do have one here that's designed for the US market and has a max of 120v.

They're usually labelled, but they're cheap as chips anyway (and fucking awful) so if you're not certain, stick it in the garden on the end of a long extension lead and see whether it goes bang spectacularly when you turn it on.

Better still, sort out the actual voltage/current drain/termination of the unit and get a proper PSU for it. Switch-mode stuff is responsible for a hell of a lot of mains interference and it's an inherently nasty bit of work.
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or wait until the 240V model come along in UK!
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OK folks, thanks for your comments. What make of step down do you recommend? The power output is 120v 0.53a 60hz 30w. I looked at this.

[url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/High-Quality-100W-voltage-converter/dp/B000KGHOGM/ref=pd_cp_ce_3]http://www.amazon.co.uk/High-Quality-100W-voltage-converter/dp/B000KGHOGM/ref=pd_cp_ce_3[/url]
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[b]adsa wrote: [/b][quote]OK folks, thanks for your comments. What make of step down do you recommend? The power output is 120v 0.53a 60hz 30w. I looked at this.

[url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/High-Quality-100W-voltage-converter/dp/B000KGHOGM/ref=pd_cp_ce_3]http://www.amazon.co.uk/High-Quality-100W-voltage-converter/dp/B000KGHOGM/ref=pd_cp_ce_3[/url]
[/quote]

It would perhaps be worth trying to find out if the unit is earthed - many of these small low cost units aren't

[url=http://www.airlinktransformers.com/american-transformers.asp]This[/url] supplier is often recommended.

Paul
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