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Started by popperhead on Dec 18, 2018 7:57:34 PM
Do I need a convertor to charge my US bought BB-8

I've bought the nipper a BB-8 (very cool) for christmas. The one he wanted (life-size, with "follow-me" function) was only available from America, and it has arrived of course with an charger for an american socket. I don't want to explode it, so would really value some advice. Can I just get an simple plug adapter, or do I need to get something which changes the voltage (sorry, as you may have noticed I'm not the most technically minded), or can/should I just buy a european version of the charge cable/plug?

Here is the Instruction Guide.

https://smedia3.webcollage.net/5a103f4bc8f737e08d4
1b60db98fc7d65e40884d?Signature=GZN24M/kXOmCx34gMlR
WOv4t18w%3D&AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAIIE5CHZ4PRWSLYKQ
&Expires=1893501388&response-content-type=application/pdf

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popperhead - 18 Dec 2018 20:02:14 (#1 of 31)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEdB3oFlAdc (1:36) if you want to see the cable I mean.

darkhorse - 18 Dec 2018 20:07:35 (#2 of 31)

Dilithium crystals would do the job.

Dementor - 18 Dec 2018 20:08:45 (#3 of 31)

A lot of chargers are 110 and 240 via internal automatic switching - have you read all the text on yours?

Dementor - 18 Dec 2018 20:11:11 (#4 of 31)

Yeah, my phone's one says "Input: 100 to 240v, 50 or 60 hz".

Dayraven - 18 Dec 2018 20:21:46 (#5 of 31)

If that’s a USB (or other standard connector type) it should go in a plug adaptor no bother.

popperhead - 18 Dec 2018 20:35:59 (#6 of 31)

Nah, not a USB Day.

Okay, here goes for the small print on the charger:

CLASS 2 BATTERY CHARGER

Input: 120V~50Hz 300mA

Output: 9V DC 700mA

bossab2 - 18 Dec 2018 20:38:36 (#7 of 31)

Don't plug that in to UK 240 volts!!

bossab2 - 18 Dec 2018 20:39:30 (#8 of 31)

Don't plug that in to UK 240 volts!!

You need a UK charger with a 9 v output.

popperhead - 18 Dec 2018 20:41:38 (#9 of 31)

I'm actually in europe (Germany), but I presume the same applies.

HouseOfLametta - 18 Dec 2018 20:45:30 (#10 of 31)

You need a charger or a lead with he same lug and the same output. There should be a diagram showing you which side is positive and which is neutral, just match that up. You can get adjustable transformers where you set the output.

bossab2 - 18 Dec 2018 20:45:48 (#11 of 31)

Yep.

HouseOfLametta - 18 Dec 2018 20:46:40 (#12 of 31)

This style of chap:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B078K4YB3D/ref=asc_df_
B078K4YB3D57546853/?tag=googshopuk-21&creative=22146&creativeASIN=B078K4YB3D&
amp;linkCode=df0&hvadid=309900940968&hvpos=
1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=1549055936918487749&
;hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvd
vcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9045666&hvtar
gid=pla-592539344764

thePiMan - 19 Dec 2018 09:18:51 (#13 of 31)

This is what Maplin were good for, you could go in and they would find the right combination of tip and voltage.

HouseOfLametta - 19 Dec 2018 09:50:17 (#14 of 31)

True.

Sadly that only seemed to arise once every decade.

thisonehasalittlehat - 19 Dec 2018 09:59:35 (#15 of 31)

And only for the 10% of people who didn't just throw the whole thing out and buy a new one instead.

HouseOfLametta - 19 Dec 2018 10:15:24 (#16 of 31)

Of the 5.5mm round plugs, I think I’m right in saying there are two designs, one with a smaller hole up it. You need the right one. Maybe an independent computer/laptop place could help?

I also think a usb only puts out 5v but a computery person could probably confirm.

thisonehasalittlehat - 19 Dec 2018 10:16:11 (#17 of 31)

Depends on the usb.

HoHoHoff - 19 Dec 2018 10:18:45 (#18 of 31)

Nah, it's the current that should vary.

SheikYerbouti - 19 Dec 2018 10:22:17 (#19 of 31)

I would have thought a simple 115-230 transformer is all you need here rather than to mess about trying to find the exact proprietory connector.

SheikYerbouti - 19 Dec 2018 10:22:47 (#20 of 31)

Or do I mean 230-115? W'evs.

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