N.A. shooter in South Africa: I've got some 230V bulbs, but will my cables fry? at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > Sony XAVC / XDCAM / NXCAM / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Sony XDCAM EX Pro Handhelds

Sony XDCAM EX Pro Handhelds
Sony PMW-300, PXW-X200, PXW-X180 (back to EX3 & EX1) recording to SxS flash memory.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old November 5th, 2015, 07:12 PM   #1
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 836
N.A. shooter in South Africa: I've got some 230V bulbs, but will my cables fry?

Hi there,
I'm flying to South Africa the day after tomorrow to do some shooting. I'm bringing two small lights (a Lowel Rifa soft light and a Lowel Tota). I have some 220V bulbs for te Rifa, and I can get 220 (or, for whatever reason, 230) V bulbs for my other light in Johannesburg when I arrive.
But the fellow at the luggage store here in Canada, where I just bought a couple of plug outlet adapters, said that I shouldn't try to plug in my lights in South Africa, even if they've got the right bulbs in them, because my cables won't be able to handle the extra current.
I don't have a good understanding of electricity, so I'm seeking advice here.
Any thoughts about what I can and can't do?
Regards,
Malcolm
Malcolm Hamilton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 5th, 2015, 07:54 PM   #2
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Tinton Falls, NJ
Posts: 749
Re: N.A. shooter in South Africa: I've got some 230V bulbs, but will my cables fry?

I assume you're talking about the cords attached to the lights. I've traveled with a variety of lights in the past, everything from Arri to Ianiro to Lowell to LTM, and never had problems with them after switching from 110v to 220v bulbs. Of course if you have really skinny 18 gauge extension cords I'd recommend going a little beefier.
Dave Sperling is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 5th, 2015, 08:48 PM   #3
Trustee
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 1,076
Re: N.A. shooter in South Africa: I've got some 230V bulbs, but will my cables fry?

My layman's electrician knowledge says you'll be fine with your current cables and the adapter. Ohm's law and all.
Mike Watson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 5th, 2015, 09:26 PM   #4
Major Player
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: North Hollywood, CA, United States
Posts: 790
Re: N.A. shooter in South Africa: I've got some 230V bulbs, but will my cables fry?

More voltage actually equals less current for the same load. W=VA, so a 100 watt light draws 1A at 100 volts, and 0.5A at 200 volts. 12 AWG cable will drop less than 0.1 volts at 240 VAC for a 25 ft. header cable. Don't worry about it. Throw on some passive plug adapters and go to work.
Edward Carlson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 5th, 2015, 10:09 PM   #5
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Seattle WA
Posts: 951
Re: N.A. shooter in South Africa: I've got some 230V bulbs, but will my cables fry?

Edward and Mike have it correct. The lightbulbs will operate with a certain wattage. The wires for 120V are heavier than for 240V so from a current carrying standpoint they’ll actually do better.

The 240V wiring in Europe is much smaller than the 120V wiring in North America.

However, there may be someting about the design of the fixtures that might be sensitive to a higher voltage. But for current, you’re okay.
John Nantz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 6th, 2015, 06:44 AM   #6
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 836
Re: N.A. shooter in South Africa: I've got some 230V bulbs, but will my cables fry?

Thanks so much, everyone. Didn't even see an emoji eyeroll, when I suspect that was probably what my question called for!
Very relieved... and appreciative.
Regards,
Malcolm
Malcolm Hamilton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 6th, 2015, 10:59 AM   #7
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Tinton Falls, NJ
Posts: 749
Re: N.A. shooter in South Africa: I've got some 230V bulbs, but will my cables fry?

One thing NOT to bring -- a standard 6-outlet power strip (with built in surge protector.) It REALLY won't like the 220v power.
Also -- if you have time for shopping while you're there (and think you may do more foreign travel at some point) stop at an electronics store and get some 'standard' adapter cables with 220v plugs to go to your battery chargers, 12v adapters, etc. Sometimes adding an adapter to an existing cable can make your cord stick out too far, or fall out of the plug.
Dave Sperling is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 6th, 2015, 05:14 PM   #8
Trustee
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 1,076
Re: N.A. shooter in South Africa: I've got some 230V bulbs, but will my cables fry?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Malcolm Hamilton View Post
Thanks so much, everyone. Didn't even see an emoji eyeroll, when I suspect that was probably what my question called for!
Very relieved... and appreciative.
Regards,
Malcolm
To the contrary. I hold my breath a little and close my eyes so the sparks won't hurt them when I plug an item I think of as a 110v item into a 220v plug. There are never sparks, but it never stops me from being nervous the first time.
Mike Watson is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Sony XAVC / XDCAM / NXCAM / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Sony XDCAM EX Pro Handhelds

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:03 AM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network