Probably a really stupid question, but...(Voltage Converters)

NeoTony

New Challenger
I keep hearing about voltage converters - I THINK the NGCD Im getting is US (I live in the US) and Im assuming that you should only get one for an imported system. I heard that it can be played with the wrong voltage, but it isnt good for the system. If I do need one, about how much do they go for and where should I go? I was thinking probably Radio Shack - what exactly would I need and how much? What voltage converter would I need for a UK or Japanese system? Thanks again guys. Maybe this is why my AES was broken...

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snkneogeousaCTH

Guest
Yes, you need a voltage converter because japanese outlets are 100v, and ours are 120v - therefore your system could fry.

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NeoTony

New Challenger
Alright, thanks alot. I'll get a converter. Phew, that was close. My Neo showed up today, haven't tried it out yet though.
 
I've used almost every Japanese console ever received without a voltage converter. The difference between US and Japanese voltage is negligible.

If you want to play it safe that's cool, but I believe it's unnecessary.

B

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snkneogeousaCTH

Guest
I thought it was being overcautious also, until my NeoCD started acting screwy and restarting in the middle of games. Voltage converter seems to have fixed that <img src="graemlins/spock.gif" border="0" alt="[Spock]" />
 

PESTILENT

Armored Scrum Object
The US is 110 volts and the voltage in your house fluctuates far more than the 10 volt difference between ours and the Japanese voltage. A converter isn't necessary.
I have several Japanese systems and have never had a problem.
 
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snkneogeousaCTH

Guest
I have talked to my electrical engineer father, and he has confirmed that a volate converter is highly recommended. Not using the correct voltage (even if it's only 20 volts) can seriously damage the console and adapter.
 

RabbitTroop

Mayor of Southtown, ,
Originally posted by snkneogeousaCTH:
<strong>I have talked to my electrical engineer father, and he has confirmed that a volate converter is highly recommended. Not using the correct voltage (even if it's only 20 volts) can seriously damage the console and adapter.</strong><hr></blockquote>

It can, it just depends on the parts used... and if they were designed to take sure a load... I would play it safe with valuable electronics, but my Japanese PSOne doesn't have one, and I could care less if it bites it :)

-Nick
 
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snkneogeousaCTH

Guest
LOL @ PS1. But for a neo cd, I would use one - Mine did some REALLY crazy stuff when I didn't (ate CDs, restarted, etc.)
 

NeoTony

New Challenger
Im going to play it safe, because when I got my AES (Japanese) it acted EXTREMELY strange - freezing multiple images on the screen, coming on for 2 seconds then turning itself off, blinking on and off (NES Syndrome) etc. Tried cleaning it, everything I could think of. I wonder if it fried.

My Dad can grab me a free voltage converter from work, so no worries. I'll play it safe.

Oh, and thanks guys.

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Originally posted by NeoTony:
<strong>Im going to play it safe, because when I got my AES (Japanese) it acted EXTREMELY strange - freezing multiple images on the screen, coming on for 2 seconds then turning itself off, blinking on and off (NES Syndrome) etc. Tried cleaning it, everything I could think of. I wonder if it fried.

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If anything, there is a bit more heat. It most certainly wouldn't "fry" immediately. I've used Japanese Saturns, Playstations, a Duo, Neo-Geos, a Neo front loader, a Neo CD, a Neo CDZ, an N64, a PS2, and a Dreamcast hundreds of hours without an issue.

Don't be concerned that you damaged your Neo Geo.

B

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NeoTony

New Challenger
Well, Im assuming that overtime it WILL do damage. It was a used and very old AES...maybe there was somethin else wrong though.

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candycab

Jaguar Ninja
Originally posted by snkneogeousaCTH:
<strong>Yes, you need a voltage converter because japanese outlets are 100v, and ours are 120v - therefore your system could fry.

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Well I have been running my Japanese Candy cabinet straight out of the wall for the last 2 years and havent had one problem , and it has a Japanese 100Watt ps in it , I dont think I would worry to much about this.
 
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