Power supply input voltage. CAUTION!

Hi!

You may have noticed that the label above the power switch states that you can hook up 100-240V… reading this I thought that the power supply is switching automatically (like for example a laptop power supply). But this is not the case! I have 120v and 240V in my workshop. I was about to hook up my Zortrax to the 240V but just to be on the safe side I took a closer look at the power supply first… To my surprise I found out that the power supply has a a physical switch on the side to change it from 120V to 240V with a big yellow label warning about damage if the wrong voltage is selected (you have to open the bottom cover to get to the switch).

I think the label on the side of the printer is very misleading. I could not find any warning about that in the quick start manual either.

Just a warning for everybody…

Wow, thanks for the warning !! I hooked it up here directly (we are in 220V here in France) without even checking that point… fewwww… Thanks !

[quote name=pilou74]Wow, thanks for the warning !! I hooked it up here directly (we are in 220V here in France) without even checking that point… fewwww… Thanks !
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So you plugged it in to your 220V outlet with the printer switched to 120V? Or was it already selected for that?

It is always selected for voltage in country where printer going all EU printers are 200-240V, US 100-120V etc…

Connecting 200-240V version of printer into 110V is ok, just it will not power up fully.

Connecting 110V version of printer into 200-240V is very dangerous we should update quick start about this.

Best Regards

[quote name=Martin Olchanowski]It is always selected for voltage in country where printer going all EU printers are 200-240V, US 100-120V etc…

Connecting 200-240V version of printer into 110V is ok, just it will not power up fully.

Connecting 110V version of printer into 200-240V is very dangerous we should update quick start about this.

Best Regards
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Thank you Martin, that’s clever ! You’re the best, guys !

[quote name=Martin Olchanowski]It is always selected for voltage in country where printer going all EU printers are 200-240V, US 100-120V etc…

Connecting 200-240V version of printer into 110V is ok, just it will not power up fully.

Connecting 110V version of printer into 200-240V is very dangerous we should update quick start about this.

Best Regards
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Updating the quick start is a good first move. I would still recommend to change the label on future printers. Especially the ones going into the US. It’s not that uncommon that people here have 240V in their shops… Especially tinkerers like us… my mill, lathe, plasma, welders, and compressor run on 240V here… and if something says it can run on 240V I personally prefer to hook it up there because it puts less strain on my home wiring.

The label should say that it’s either one or the other and then refer to the manual.

Additionally there are people that move from one country to the other… (I may move back to Europe one day…)