Canon 120V printer, is it really only 120V?

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I’ve been given the job of making work (so that it can be sold) a Canon BJC-4400 colour printer.

Only problem is it has a US plug and says 120V 60Hz on the back...

It has worked in the UK, but I don’t know if that was at 230V or with a voltage converter.

Selling it as untested and 120V only on eBay probably wouldn’t get any interest at all (given it’s so heavy to post) so I’m quite tempted to just plug it in and see.

I’ve known voltage ratings to be wrong (100-240v bits inside but 230v stamped on the outside) so is that likely to be true of this printer, or is it really just made for 120V?
 
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hi polomint. i aint got a clue about the voltages, but i know the voltage converters used on building sites are 110 volts. that would let you get it working. rob
 
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Double check befor pluging into 240 volt will be blown.
If it was original used in the UK on an American base it will be 110 volts all there base houses are wired using this system so that thay could bye in base shops and just plug in.
 
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Not sure where I could find a 110V transformer at the moment, and I have no idea about who last had it working, or where they where.

I think I’ll just leave it for now, I still have vivid memories of a 110V power supply that I plugged in here blowing up dramatically. The cover was off it so I didn’t see it wasn’t set to 230, but I did see 3 inch capacitors swell up, move around then explode right in front of me.

Always been a bit more careful since then :D
 
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You can get a 110v transformer from somewhere like Screwfix direct or any tool hire shop to test it.
 
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hi polomint. if you´re still at uni, go to the technicians dept. they should have one.
 
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Ask if they have a second printer and wire them up in series ..............
 
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