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Saturday
Aug202016

120V 60Hz from a 230V 50Hz power supply

I really wanted to bring you something more interesting - but a number of equipment failures and DOA devices has resulted in me making a video about something that I'll be using in the future to attempt to more interesting videos than this one. 

The problem is as follows - I need a 120V 60Hz power supply to make old devices imported from the US work properly, however I'm in the UK, where the power supply is 230V 50Hz.

I expected that you could buy a simple all-in-one converter that could turn 230V 50Hz into 120V 60Hz, but unfortunately it's not as easy as that (or at least I couldn't find something that worked that way).

In the video below you can see my solution to this problem. It's definitely not elegant...but it works.

Purchasing (UK links)

5-15V DC Variable power supply is the PS201ADJT and can be bought here 

12V DC to AC 120V 60Hz Power Inverter was imported from B&H Photo in the US

 

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Reader Comments (8)

Geez, mate. You gave me a scare. For a minute there I thought you had bought a modified square wave inverter to power your audio gear. When I first saw the graph on the thing my heart stopped.

August 21, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermesh

The first example wire recording you played back sounds like it is a meeting from the town of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, USA. Any chance I can get an mp3 of the recording at correct speed? I live near there and know a few people in the local government and library who might be interested in an archive. If nothing else, as someone who is interested in local history I would really like to hear it, along with any meta data (recording dates, organization, etc) you might have. I know you're not an archivist, but any other recordings you might have from the same geographical location might be good too.

August 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterReadyKilowatt

It was a recording split over two wire reels of the Glendale Lions AGM from 1951 - I had problems dubbing it to an MP3 with any level of quality and the wires repeatedly snapped - the link below takes you to a dub of what I could salvage from the first wire (this wire totally self destructed after this play).

https://db.tt/Q9w27efx

I emailed the Glendale Lions website offering to send them a copy of the recording but received no reply.

The second wire seen in yesterday's video hasn’t yet been recorded to an MP3 - it has already snapped into two and since the Lions were not interested I have made no effort to digitise this one.

August 21, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

It seems that a Cyberpower brand UPS with its "pure sine" output might somehow also achieve this goal. It generates its own AC clocked at 60hz, but the photo of the unit's input shows 120v 50hz/60hz so it doesn't care about the input HZ, perhaps there's a cheap way to step down the UK mains voltage and use a nice UPS: http://bit.ly/2bvdDC3

August 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Sanborn

It would appear that there is no consumer version of a combination an AC voltage and frequency converter. I was able to find a bench converter, the Adaptive Power Systems FC200, that can be adjusted from 0-300v AC and 45-500hz. However, the site does not list a price and and has links to rental services, suggesting that the unit is not cheap.
http://www.adaptivepower.com/English/Products/AC-AC-Sources/FC200-Series.aspx

It seems that your inelegant AC to DC to AC setup is actually the only cont effective way to go.

August 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLuke DeGraw

hi
i also have vintage USA gear that i cant calibrate i'm thinking of buying this http://www.frequency60hz.com/ what do you think' have you got one?? please let me know your thoughts would you buy one and review it?? before i spend my hard earned.
love your channel all the best.

August 31, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterjon

It seems like it might work - although I’m not sure whether they are still on sale - the last one they had on ebay was sold in 2016.

If you do get in touch with them I’d ask about the maximum amps it can handle as I’d imagine it’s not a lot if it’s just designed for clippers.

Thanks for the link.

August 31, 2018 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

hi
It is also suitable for other small electronic motorized or clock devices that rely on an American electrical frequency of 60 hertz. It eliminates malfunction issues when these types of devices are used outside of the United States.

the above is from the seller i'm going to take a chance i will let you know how i get on
here is the seller's ebay id http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/pocholo-77
and thanks for the reply.

August 31, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterjon

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