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Yeah purple should be 12V.  Yellow should be about 6V.  If you measure less than 12V just from the power supply plug, then the power supply is definitely bad.

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10 hours ago, Drajikore said:

Sorry for the delay, busy weekend.

So to start, I re-measured the readings from my PSU, and... I am getting new readings >.<

My +5V line is only giving out 4V and the 12V line is only giving less than 10V now.

When I power it on and take readings, the 4V and -5V remain the same, but the <10V becomes ~7V.

 

With that in mind, these are the readings I got from the nodes you asked about.

 

Purple = 7V

Yellow = 4V

 

I'm guessing that purple should have been 12V and yellow 5V?

I'll order some parts for the PSU off Console5.com to try fix it, and get the ColUSB for good measure.

I'll also clean the switch and get back to you with the new readings after that, as I suspect that if the switch has dirty contacts or isn't making a full connection, that's part of why I might be losing voltage from the 12V line.

While repairing the original is a good idea, I personally would opt for using this over the ColUSB. And I'm not sure what the availability of the ColUSB is currently.

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/28-5-watt-ColecoVision-compatible-power-supply-The-best-quality-PS-every-made/114258620533?hash=item1a9a583075:g:EFUAAOSw6ohe5cu2

 

I got one of these recently and it works really well. I especially like the fact that I can plug this off a strip without it taking up half the strips other outlets in the process. Been using it for bench work and it actually replaced my ColUSB after my ColUSB burned up from being left plugged into the Apple tablet charger I was using with it without a load for too long. Also if you compare the costs between the ColUSB and this solution above, you will find the pricing I think is better on this newer power supply vs the ColUSB.

 

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1 hour ago, -^CrossBow^- said:

While repairing the original is a good idea, I personally would opt for using this over the ColUSB. And I'm not sure what the availability of the ColUSB is currently.

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/28-5-watt-ColecoVision-compatible-power-supply-The-best-quality-PS-every-made/114258620533?hash=item1a9a583075:g:EFUAAOSw6ohe5cu2

 

I got one of these recently and it works really well. I especially like the fact that I can plug this off a strip without it taking up half the strips other outlets in the process. Been using it for bench work and it actually replaced my ColUSB after my ColUSB burned up from being left plugged into the Apple tablet charger I was using with it without a load for too long. Also if you compare the costs between the ColUSB and this solution above, you will find the pricing I think is better on this newer power supply vs the ColUSB.

 

Unfortunately, with shipping included, this ends up being slightly more than the ColUSB for me. But both of them ultimately end up being around $70-$80 CAD =/

Meanwhile, the parts off of Console5 are like ~$20. So that's the main reason why I think I'll go that route first, haha.

But now I'm actually not concerned whether the ColUSB goes out of stock, cause this looks like the better alternative anyways, to be honest.

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Got pricing wrong

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1 hour ago, Drajikore said:

Unfortunately, with shipping included, this ends up being slightly more than the ColUSB for me. But both of them ultimately end up being around $70-$80 CAD =/

Meanwhile, the parts off of Console5 are like ~$20. So that's the main reason why I think I'll go that route first, haha.

But now I'm actually not concerned whether the ColUSB goes out of stock, cause this looks like the better alternative anyways, to be honest.

I wasn't aware you were in Canada. But do keep in mind that the ColUSB still requires you to supply your own USB to USB-C or whatever cable to USB-C to be supplied along with a power adapter. But yeah, I was surprised by the fact that a couple hours of the ColUSB being plugged into my Apple table charger but not plugged into the CV burned out the ColUSB. So I much prefer the option now that I listed. True it is a bulkier solution compared to the ColUSB. But then the solution I listed has everything you need cable, power cable wise.

 

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