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Buying a Lego 9v Speed regulator from another county Help please

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Buying a Lego 9v Speed regulator from another county Help please

Post by SnapLock on Sun 22 Sep 2013, 12:35 pm

Hi all im thinking about buying a Lego Train 9v Speed Regulator 4548.

From Germany as they seem to have a lot of 9v train gear for cheap

However im worried do i need a travel adapter? or do i need an actual Currant converter?

or is there any other countries that i would only have to buy a travel adapter to use here in Australia?
i hope someone can help out as i cant seem to find a Speed Regulator for sale here in Australia.

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Post by Lightningtiger on Mon 23 Sep 2013, 6:50 am

It is 220V in Germany, and would only require a plug converter from either a travel goods store or an electronics store like Jaycar.

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Post by SnapLock on Mon 23 Sep 2013, 9:20 am

Lightningtiger wrote:It is 220V in Germany, and would only require a plug converter from either a travel goods store or an electronics store like Jaycar.
Thanks for the info Tiger legohappy 

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Post by peterab on Tue 01 Oct 2013, 8:27 am

The other alternative is buy an overseas controller, and just replace the wall wart with an Aussie one. I'm pretty sure Bricklink or Eurobricks had pictures of the panel with the output characteristics so you can get a reasonably close match.

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Post by SnapLock on Mon 07 Oct 2013, 1:22 pm

What about buying 9v train set from America? Do i need i need a travel adapter or an actual currant converter ?
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Re: Buying a Lego 9v Speed regulator from another county Help please

Post by ScottHodges on Fri 29 Nov 2013, 5:45 am

You'd need a voltage converter. But may be cheaper to find a generic Aussie 9V plugpack transformer. Please don't quote me on that voltage as I am at work and can't grab mine to check

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Re: Buying a Lego 9v Speed regulator from another county Help please

Post by Lightningtiger on Fri 29 Nov 2013, 2:53 pm

He only needs a pin adaptor, our mains voltage has dropped down to 230 now.....close enough as long as he doesn't want to run a train for 12 hours straight. legowink 

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Post by peterab on Mon 09 Dec 2013, 9:41 am

SnapLock wrote:What about buying  9v train set from America? Do i need i need a travel adapter or an actual currant converter ?
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Lightningtiger wrote:He only needs a pin adaptor, our mains voltage has dropped down to 230 now.....close enough as long as he doesn't want to run a train for 12 hours straight. legowink 
I'm pretty sure you wouldn't want to use a pin adaptor for a US transformer. They still use 110V don't they?

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Post by ScottHodges on Tue 10 Dec 2013, 2:30 am

Our mains voltage is nominally 240 V AC 50 Hz 2 pin + earth. US mains voltage is 110 V AC 2 pin, unearthed at the plug: separate wire. Using a pin adaptor will most likely blow up the 110 V transformer, probably violently risking fire and / or personal injury.

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Post by peterab on Tue 10 Dec 2013, 7:53 am

ScottHodges wrote:Our mains voltage is nominally 240 V AC 50 Hz 2 pin + earth. US mains voltage is 110 V AC 2 pin, unearthed at the plug: separate wire. Using a pin adaptor will most likely blow up the 110 V transformer, probably violently risking fire and / or personal injury.

Exactly what I was thinking. The European transformers should all be ok with an adaptor since they are all probably designed for 240, 230 or 220V but given an Australian transformer would be pretty cheap I personally would just buy a suitable one and plug it into any overseas controller.

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