Using a 2-prong projector in North America

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  1. Removed Account

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    Apparently I have the best landlords in the world, because not only may I get the use of a Hasselblad (currently on loan to the landlady's uncle) But I was mentioning that I had taken some slides of her garden and she gave me a projector she had laying around, a Reflecta Diamator AF. She bought it new in Hong Kong 8 years ago and had never used it. After thanking her profusely I went and read the manual, everything seemed normal. Thankfully it has a voltage switch for 220, 130, 240, and 110. I'm pretty sure 110 is the usual North American household standard so I have it set to that. Going to plug it in, I discover that the plug is a 2 prong, and after a bit of googling I think it is a standard European plug.

    My question is, to get it to run properly would I need to find some sort of prong adapter without the voltage adapter bit? I'm thinking I may have a hard time finding a Europlug-NEMA 5-15 adapter in North America, but since Nanaimo has a large population of immigrants and students from Asia this may be easier than I think. Also, despite the voltage switch can I expect any problems providing I have the appropriate adapter?

    I've never heard of Reflecta before, and it seems to be a normal consumer-grade projector but if anyone can provide more information I'd be very appreciative. If it helps the lens is labelled Agomar 1:2.8 90mm MC, Made in Germany. Is there a standard mount for projector lenses (this is a tube with a single spiral groove in it) so that I can purchase a better lens if need be, or would I have to find something specific to Reflecta?

    Thanks, as always, for the help!
     
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    Radio Shack has adaptors for almost all countries. Unfortunately, they come in one blister pack of about 5 or so and the cost is therefore higher than desired.

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    Radio shack Canada is now the Source. A true waste of a name and a shop.

    Plug adapters are pretty common. If the unit handles 110V then that's all you need. If you want to drive to Toronto I can tell you the place to buy one -) About $2 for a pair. One North America to Europe. One going the other way.
     
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    I'm smiling as I type this.

    You may find that London Drugs has (or can order) some adapters - try the shaver department or the camera department. :smile:

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    The source has individual adaptors. they cost about $10 bucks
     
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    Did she give it to you? Have the plug cut off and a new one put on?
     
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    Yup Matt, got one :D I'm going to do a trial run tonight, I just have to find some sort of screen. I've got some pre-stretched 16x20 canvas I can paint over in Titanium White for a mini-screen in the meantime. Nick, are you referring to Pacific Mall or the videostore of questionable legitimacy at Highway 7 and Woodbine? :tongue:
     
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    projector screen

    just a white sheet make a good screen. Pat:D
     
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    Nah it's a chain of surplus and new shop. Some of the stuff is way overpriced but little things like plug adapters are easy to find and reasonable.