How to Change an Xbox From 220 to 110

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How to Change an Xbox From 220 to 110
A plug adaptor is not enough to use your American Xbox in Europe. You need to transform the power supply from 220V to 110V. (electrical plug adaptors image by John Hartley from Fotolia.com)

Xbox consoles are region locked, or, in other words, built for specific countries or regions. If you use your Xbox in another region than the one it was designed for, you run the risk of damaging your Xbox. The two biggest obstacles for using your Xbox in a different region are differences in voltage, 110V or 22V, and the television encoding system your Xbox is designed for, NTSC, PAL or SECAM.

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Things you need

  • Power supply adaptor
  • Plug converter

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Check if your Xbox is built for a region that runs on 220 volts. Look at the sticker on the side of your Xbox. The bottom section of the sticker provides information on the region it was manufactured for, and the top section tells you which television encoding system you need. If your Xbox is manufactured for a country other than the United States or Canada, it likely will run on 220 volts. Travelproducts.com offers an electricity guide to check the voltage used in each region (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Connect an Xbox power supply adaptor to your console. Check that the power supply adaptor converts from 220 to 110 and not 110 to 220. You can also try with a regular voltage converter or transformer, but Xbox-specific power supply adaptors also provide an extra protection from surges and irregularities in voltage that can damage your console.

  3. 3

    Connect the power supply adaptor to the outlet, and switch on your Xbox.

Tips and warnings

  • High-definition televisions are an international standard, so your Xbox will work on it regardless of what region it is manufactured for.
  • If you try to adapt your Xbox from 220 to 110 and damage your Xbox, you wont be covered by Microsoft's warranty.
  • Note that an adaptor or plug converter is not the same as a voltage converter or transformer. An adaptor will only allow your power supply cable to fit the outlet, not change the voltage; you need a power supply adaptor or transformer for that.

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