Hi all, I have a Japanese Saturn arriving shortly. Happy to be part of the club!
Can you tell me, Is this (link below) the correct transformer I will need to run the Japanese Saturn in the UK, without frying it! Or if you know of a better one, please point me in the right direction. Thanks for any info.
I bought mine from a local electronics shop (Maplins). Depends where you live. They are a pretty standard item. Search for a step down transformer on Amazon if you don't have a local shop. It doesn't have to be specifically for a console - it isn't a specialty item.
I'm using a 40W converter and it works fine on my Saturns and Megadrives. I wouldn't risk a 20W though, the console says it uses 12-15W and if that's an average value, a 20W may be a tad on the low side (and there are some models which say 22W).
Sorry to necrobump, although perhaps that is in fashion for a retro-games forum.
Accola, what did you buy in the end and how did it go? I am like you in finding a cheap JP-UK step down that has less than 10% 1 star reviews and is 100V 60HZ is surprisingly difficult and I am a complete newbie on the margin of error for these things. The airlink JA-0050 seems to no longer be available unfortunately and the next one, the JA-0100 is double the price.
Uh, so what IS the margin of error for these things? Is 60HZ-50HZ difference an issue? How about a converter which has a minimum 110V or even 120V. I have a low budget at the moment so am really nervous about shorting my console or starting a fire.
My Asteroids Deluxe cabinet has a multi-region transformer inside it (fitted originally by Atari - the people I bought it off refurbed it with a new "big blue" capacitor etc.) It has different plugs for different countries. There is a 200-240v and another plug for 220-260v.Mine is on the 200-240v which is appropriate for the UK.