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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | VAX Systems Forums | VAX Hardware Forum
Author VAX systems from America
Box_the_Jack_in
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Posted on March 26 2016 09:18
Hi All, I want to but a VAX machine from America but what I'm wondering about is them having 110-120 Volts electric current, and here in England being 220-240 Volts. Can somebody tell me are the machines (MicroVAX and VAXStation) able to switch automatically to our current, or are they just for the American market 110-120 Volts if bought from there.
Thanks for your help smiley
Ian
Author RE: VAX systems from America
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Posted on March 27 2016 04:20
My 4000/60, 3100/76 and 3100-style expansion cabs are all dual voltage (auto-selecting, I think though it obviously pays to look closely!) but I would still check with the seller beforehand.

It is possible to get them from UK sellers: can't quite remember offhand where I bought my 4000/60 or if they're even trading still since it was years ago, but hopefully someone can give you a pointer.

It definitely pays to be cautious, though: I remember plugging a 110 volt scanner into a UK wall socket (this is when I worked for DEC, perhaps ominously). Oopsie.


Edit: I'm also perhaps mistakenly assuming that the VaxStations in question are just standard ones but I should add that they both came from UK organisations, the 3100 was scrapped by DEC UK and the 4000 bought from a UK-based reseller, so my observation may be of rather questionable usefulness. :/
Edited by vometia on March 27 2016 04:28
Author RE: VAX systems from America
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Posted on March 28 2016 23:32
Yes ask the seller. Older machines may have a selection switch to select between 110-120V AC OR 220-240V AC input.

Peter
Author RE: VAX systems from America
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Posted on April 02 2016 12:15
Thanks for your replies. I bought one in the end with the seller believing it's an auto-switch machine.Let's hope so, I'll let you know if it goes 'Boom' smiley

Ian
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Posted on April 04 2016 14:08
Before you blindly plug it in, look near the AC inlet. There should be an indication there whether or not it can handle the different voltages. If not, there should be a wattage or amperage label. This will be needed to size a proper converter.

Dan
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Posted on April 13 2016 04:39
Hi, The machine works fine so no problem there smiley

Ian
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