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US compressor with 220 volts adapter = bad? Utility Plugins
Old 24th September 2008
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US compressor with 220 volts adapter = bad?

Hi all
does it hurt anything to use a compressor with an adapter?
I am thinking buying a vintage comp but it's 110 only and I live in Europe, would I loose anything?
It's not like a power amp where the PS is very important is it?
is it worth investing money in that equipment and use an adapter?
I am as interested in the scientific answer as in the adapters' end user's
Old 25th September 2008
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It's perfectly fine to use a tube 110 volt compressor with an external transformer and there will be no downside. If it's a tube unit it's probably about 1 amp, so get a transformer that outputs at least 2 amps (250 watts or so) to have some safety margin.
Old 27th September 2008
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thanks a lot for the info.
I'll try to have a 110v circuit along in the studio without blowing any gear!
Old 1st October 2008
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You have to make sure you get an adaptor that contains a proper transformer. Some cheap adaptors are just half-wave rectifiers; these are usually sold as "hair dryer" or "heating appliance" adaptors or some such. These will blow up the power supply of any 110V electronics device.
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