#1
Hi UG, I have a Vox AC30VT XL which I bought in Asia and it's now with me in the US. So I'm trying to power it up but I'm worried that the power differences between both places might destroy my amp. It says on the amp 220-230v ~ 50Hz 40w and I believe America's power is 110v.

So my question is can I power it up directly or would I need a power transformer or something else?

Thank you.
Last edited by Johntubb at Aug 15, 2010,
#2
North America uses 120V 60Hz, so yes, you'll need a transformer.
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#3
america runs on 60 Hz 120 VAC. you will need to do one of two things. either get a good, high quality adapter to change the power. this is a more temporary solution, but it can be fine if you spend the money to get a good converter.

or go to an amp tech and have them switch out the power transformer. some amps even have multiple taps on them, which means its an easy switch. going from 50 to 60 Hz is a bit of an issue with transformers if they arent designed for it, but if it has multi-taps then it probably was.
#4
I'm looking to go a cheap way. Can I buy this kind of transformer at like Bestbuy or Walmart or RadioShack? Whats it called?
#5
^no, you can't. Small bear probably sells them for fairly cheap though.
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heed jofs advice. don't take the cheap route or you'll be out of an amp.
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#7
It may have a second tap on the power transformer for 110V. Get somebody that knows what they are looking at to have a look inside.

PS: plugging it into 110V won't actually blow it up but it won't work.
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#8
^ Won't blow it up but it might damage it over time.

Electrical stuff is generally pretty fussy about potential differences of that magnitude.

You're still going to have to deal with the 50Hz/60Hz issue as well.
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