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UK voltage converter for USA Arp Odyssey. Which one?

Post by Dubby_Wubby » Thu Apr 29, 2010 2:44 pm

Hi. I'm in the UK and recently picked up a USA (110V) Arp Odyssey. I'm just wondering what voltage converter would be sufficient.

I was initailly going to buy a 300W UK to USA Voltage Convertor like this (http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=265288) for about £44 just to be on the safe side. But I recently saw someone over at electro.music.com who was based in Spain (virtually the same voltage to the UK) selling a USA Arp Odyssey and he had been using only a 100w adapter, as that was part of the sale.

I can pick up a 100w voltage converter (http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=31899) for a lot less than I could a 300w adapter.

Would a UK to USA 100w voltage converter be sufficient for powering a mkII Arp Odyssey?

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Re: UK voltage converter for USA Arp Odyssey. Which one?

Post by nathanscribe » Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:19 pm

The 100W would be fine. Most synths of that type will be 25W or less, that kind of ballpark. There is a 45W convertor but it's total shite, annd I would rather plug my face into a bar fire than buy another of those. Well, maybe not, but my point is made. I've had three of the 45W ones and they have a tendency to fail even on low-power gear. Also they're not earthed. The 100W is more stable, quieter, and is earthed. Get one, and at that price, buy a spare for when you need another.

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Re: UK voltage converter for USA Arp Odyssey. Which one?

Post by Dubby_Wubby » Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:29 pm

Cheers mate. 100w converter it is then.

Ooh yeah one more thing. Are these voltage converters safe to plug into multitaps. I only have two plugs in my room and all my gear is running off powersurge 8 way multitap. Would it be ok to plug the converter into it?

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Re: UK voltage converter for USA Arp Odyssey. Which one?

Post by nathanscribe » Thu Apr 29, 2010 7:00 pm

Yes. I have four 10-way towers plugged into 2 outlets and never had any trouble. Most things are fairly low power, and really only a computer, mixer, amp/powered speakers will take any oomph. If you're running things like a couple of synths, drum machine, that kind of thing, you should be fine. A standard UK wall outlet is meant to provide 13A I think - or 3kW. That's a lot of Watts. Don't plug a kettle in as well though. ;-)

If you want to be sure, add up the Watt rating of you gear. The manuals usually state it somewhere. If you don't find a rating in Watts, you can work it out by using the current rating and voltage: Watts = Volts * Amps. a 9V pedal drawing 20mA is a fifth of a Watt, if I've got my maths right.

Just because you have something plugged in doesn't mean you have to turn it on every time - I never have all my gear switched on at once. Another thing you might want to do is stagger the switch-on so you don't create spikes. Switch on at the wall first, then go through each piece of gear in turn.

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Re: UK voltage converter for USA Arp Odyssey. Which one?

Post by Dubby_Wubby » Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:36 pm

Hi Nathan.

Well its an 8 way surge protector, but I'm plugging a mixer that I just acquired into it. The mixer is a Soundcraft SX 20 input mixer. I've looked in the manual but can't find a power rating.

So I'll be plugging in a mixer, MFB522, Virus TI 61 note keyboard, X0xb0x, a couple of halogen lights and my Odyssey (which just got deliver today :mrgreen: :mrgreen: ). Do you think all that that will be safe and will the voltage converter for the Odyssey be safe to run off that multiplug?

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Re: UK voltage converter for USA Arp Odyssey. Which one?

Post by nathanscribe » Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:05 pm

Check the Soundcraft's power supply. The label should state power requirements. Same for the halogen lamps. No idea what they might use. I would imagine it will be well within the limits of your 8-way to plug all that in. The 100W convertor won't be using 100W of power - only what the ARP requires.

Basically, don't worry about it. I currently have 45 bits of gear wired up, and haven't fried the local substation yet.

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