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USA Vectrex doesnt power on in New Zealand


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Aren't you guys on 220v over there? That U.S. Vectrex is designed to work with 110v. You might have blown it up! Or more likely, died on the way out to you. Can hardly ship a Vectrex domestically without a hitch or total destruction occurring. ;)

 

If you think it still works, get yourself a 220 to 110 converter or step down transformer:

 

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_5?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=220+to+110+converter&sprefix=220+t%2Celectronics%2C210

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from Amazon link you provided:
Question: Does a electrical adaptor do the same thing as a electrical converter? To run USA products on Australian electrical system.

Answer: HI Delores,

No, the adapter only allows you to access the electricity, it won't change it from AU to USA volatage. That said, many electrical devices this day are dual voltage. Look on the device or the transformer box on the cord. For instance, the box on the cord to my computer says "INPUT AC100-240V" - so I am OK u… see more

By OKOK on July 12, 2013

 

I don't know the voltage values in NZ

 

this was the Amazon recommended product http://www.amazon.com/Simran-200-Converter-International-Countries/dp/B000W9DJ1Q/ref=pd_sim_23_3?ie=UTF8&dpID=41jpbT-oESL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=0EFD13AYP9DXCBS51TPJ

 

my Vectrex says draws 40 watts on back

 

 

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Sure enough the fuse was blown, I'm just glad there was a fuse at all :)

 

Thanks for the fuse recommendations too, when I opened it up you were correct.

 

Ordered the fuse, bought a soldering iron, and will update later to see if that fixes it.

 

 

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I have this now, for after I replace the fuse. What setting should I have it on?

 

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Now when it says INPUT does that mean from the mains? And OUTPUT to the device? If so, that's fine.

 

LOW should be fine, but you could put it on HIGH anyhow. I use a 30W stepdown for my Kouso (Japanese Vectrex) and that's good.

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Sure enough the fuse was blown, I'm just glad there was a fuse at all :)

 

Thanks for the fuse recommendations too, when I opened it up you were correct.

 

Ordered the fuse, bought a soldering iron, and will update later to see if that fixes it.

 

 

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I have this now, for after I replace the fuse. What setting should I have it on?

 

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again my Vectrex says 40 Watts on the back so it looks like the high setting for that device

 

I just don't know what the benefits of the lower wattage setting would be

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Welp, my first time soldering, my first time doing anything of note with electronics, and it's working - all thanks to you guys on this forum!

 

 

I managed to solder/tear off the busted fuse and solder on the new one. This took a bit of internet searching and luck on my part, ripping a standard plug apart to get at the brown wire - to reuse for connecting the fuse. With an overabundant amount of solder, I made a thing.

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I then wrapped my mess of a job in electronic tape, screwed the back on and powered it up.

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Success!

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