I’m in the process of moving from the US to Ireland. I am seeing a lot of conflicting information about what it takes to run my electronics over there and so I decided to start a thread to ask if I’ve got it right. I know @Dark1x is an American in Europe. Maybe there are a few others here too?
It seems to me that the main concerns are:
The US uses 120V power, the UK uses 220V, Ireland uses 230V. I need to check to see if the power supply says “100-240V”. If it does, I’m fine. If it doesn’t, I need to either buy an UK/Ireland/EU power supply for the console, or buy a universal power supply for the console. This seems pretty easy to check on a per-console basis.
Anyone have experience with third party power supply replacements for old consoles? They seem to be readily available but are they cheap junk? I don’t know.
2. Power plug
The power plug differs between countries. It is generally considered safe to use a small plug adapter as long as the voltage is fine, but if I want to avoid plug adapters, I will need to buy an EU power supply for the console. It seems like the right move here is to buy a handful of plug adapters and if I’m sticking around for a while gradually buy EU power supplies.
Additionally, for stuff like my PC, PS3, NAS, etc. that use the “standard AC cable” – I think this is called C13 – do I just need to buy a Type G (UK/IE) equivalent, or are there specific wire gauge concerns that I might need to pay attention to? As long as it’s got a ground prong on the other end, it’s fine, right?
3. Video output
Theoretically TVs in Ireland are PAL TVs (576i50) and TVs in the US are NTSC (480i60). These are said to be incompatible. But I’m seeing mixed results online about whether or not modern HDTVs can take legacy outputs, and also whether US consoles can take hookups for Europe-only plugs like SCART. I do not have an OSSC or scanline box or anything, so we’re talking about hooking up US hardware using RF, RCA, or S-Video to a UK/Irish/European HDTV. Is that possible?
Is there a general rule about what works and doesn’t work? In specific I’m looking at NES, a cheap clone NES/SNES (retro duo), and an N64, but maybe I’ll ship some more stuff later.