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The 42 watt XP Power AEH45UM33 is a much better ColecoVision compatible power supply when compared to the 46.5 watt Mean Well GP50A13A-R1B power supply (for international markets only, not level VI complaint)

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The 42 watt XP Power AEH45UM33 is a much better ColecoVision compatible power supply when compared to the 46.5 watt Mean Well GP50A13A-R1B power supply  

 

The UL listed and CE listed XP Power AEH45UM33 ColeoVision compatible power supply outperforms the Mean Well GP50A13A-R1B power supply (The XP Power supply is engineered in Germany and made in Taiwan). The only negatives of the XP Power supply is that it is not level VI complaint, not FCC certified, and does not have as many worldwide safety certifications when compared to the Mean Well brand. However, the XP Power AEH45UM33 is UL listed and CE listed which makes it a perfect ColecoVision power supply to be sold International around the world accept for the United States (not level VI complaint so cannot be sold as a ColecoVision compatible power supply in the USA. But it can be imported into the United States for International resell as long as its only exported out of the country or used in a commercial industrial application inside the USA). The level VI rules for power supplies is sometimes very complicated and they mainly only apply to consumer products like the ColecoVision (for commercial industrial use only and medical use only their is exceptions to the level VI rules). Here is the link for more information on level VI. Level VI is here! Are you Compliant? | Current Solutions

 

While its true that the Mean Well GP50A13A-R1B has a little more wattage, is level VI complaint, FCC certified, and has a massive amount of worldwide safety certifications, the problem with the Mean Well GP50A13A-R1B is that if there is one brief short between the 5 volt and 12 volt rail then the power supply is destroyed and needs to be tossed in the trash. Most people would view this as an engineering design flaw.

 

The 46.5 watt Mean Well GP50A13A-R1B without cables costs around $52.07. The 42 watt XP Power AEH45UM33 costs around $73.90 without cables. A better quality power supply costs more money and also has a better picture quality. There is a medical grade XP Power PCM50UT03 power supply for around $101.85 without cables. I have not tested that power supply yet, and it might offer a cleaner and better analog picture quality yet.

 

XP Power supplies are better quality then Mean Well power supplies, but they cost more money and many are not level VI complaint (non of the ColecoVision compatible XP Power models are level VI), Mean Well has a monopoly on consumer power supplies since they are level VI complaint. Hopefully XP Power well make some more level VI power supplies for the consumer market, since their power supplies are a nice alternative to the Mean Well brand for those willing to pay a higher price for better quality.    

 

The 42 watt XP Power AEH45UM33 has perfect short circuit protection and also an excellent picture quality when connected to the ColecoVision using the gold plated 25CM ColecoVision cable

 

I spent over an hour testing the short circuit protection and trying to fry the XP Power AEH45UM33 power supply. I must have shorted the power supply over a 100 times for over a hour and every time it perfectly shut off during the short and then recovered once the short was removed. I could not break this power supply. This power supply is very well engineered. Just take a screw driver and touch the pins on the DIN plug and there is no combination that the power supply cannot handle when it comes to shorting the 5, 12, -5, ground, and shield. However one brief short on the Mean Well GP50A12A-R1B between 5 volts and 12 volts and the power supply never recovers and ends up being tossed in the trash.  

 

If one modifies their ColecoVision to have HDMI and DVI output then it really does not matter what power supply is connected, since digital signals have perfect picture as long as the power requirements are good enough and as long as there are no digital artifacts from the HDMI and DVI cable speed/quality requirements. However, in the analog NTSC/PAL world the better the quality of the power supply, the better quality the ColecoVision picture will be when outputting VGA, RGB, component video, S-Video, composite video, and RF.

 

*** On a perfectly working ColecoVision, the picture quality is directly related to how good of quality the power supply is. ***

 

The 42 watt XP Power AEH45UM33 is reference quality with a picture quality that beats the original 80’s ColecoVision power supply, Mean Well GP50A13A-R1B power supply, and is almost as good as my 550 watt Smurf ColecoVision power supply that is based on a ATX design using high quality Chinese components. There are no faint noise lines on the screen like some people have complained about with certain models of power supplies. This 42 watt XP Power AEH45UM33 power supply has a very nice build quality and the male 5 pin DIN connector even has a tighter fit when connected to the 25CM ColecoVision compatible power cord (Very tight fit on the XP Power DIN connector and well not come loose unless pulled with a lot of force).

 

Also, the Expansion module #3 ADAM computer can be powered by this XP Power AEH45UM33 power supply, however to use the Digital Data Drive a different wire harness needs to be used.

 

XP Power AEH45UM33 (super awesome power supply with outstanding short circuit protection). However, can only be offered to ColecoVision owners outside of the United States since not level VI complaint. Price $73.90 and around $85 delivered after taxes and shipping. No power cords included at those prices.

 

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Now there is two reasons why the XP Power AEH45UM33 is a better power supply when compared to the Mean Well GP50A13A-R1B. While the ColecoVision/ADAM has voltage protection and can handle abuse with the voltage being a little off. The Mean Well GP50A13A-R1B suppling -7.20 volts DC to the CPU instead of -5 volts DC is unheard of. The Mean Well GP50A13A-R1B is suppose to be their flagship power supply for -5 volts DC, 5 volts DC, and 12 volts DC. But the poor short circuit protection and being two voltages off when under a load is unacceptable for a regulated power supply.

 

The XP Power AEH45UM33 supplies a stable -5.17 volts DC to the CPU in the ColecoVision/ADAM when under a load.

 

Click the following for more information

 

https://atariage.com/forums/topic/319864-there-is-a-total-of-8-colecovision-compatible-power-supplies-that-well-work-with-the-25cm-gold-plated-colecovision-compatible-power-cord/?do=findComment&comment=4810017

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It should be mentioned that level VI energy efficient power supplies can be just as good or better quality when compared to non-complaint power supplies without the level VI feature. Level VI is just one factor in the engineering process of the power supply. Just because a few models of XP Power supplies are much better quality when compared to some Mean Well models, that does not mean that all XP Power supplies are better quality then Mean Well. There is a possibility that if one tested and compared all Mean Well power supply models to XP Power, then there might be some Mean Well power supplies that offer better performance (but that is just a theory and would need to be proven).

 

I have been in communication with the XP Power company. For their consumer power supplies they offer many level VI complaint single DC output power supplies, however no consumer VI power supplies with a 3 stage DC output in which the ColecoVision/ADAM (-5 volts DC) and Amiga computers (-12 volts DC) require. Therefore those 3 stage output models by XP Power that work with the ColecoVision/ADAM and Amiga are for International markets where level VI is not required yet. Also, its my understanding that there are exceptions to the level VI rules that allows the external power supplies from XP Power to not have level VI if the power supply is for the medical industry or for commercial industrial applications where the power supply will not be used on a consumer electronics product.

 

In my conversation with XP Power it sounds like all of their 3 stage DC output power supplies might be going out of  production soon because of lower volume of sells when compared to single stage DC output power supplies that most people want. Therefore, there most likely will never be a level VI complaint 3 stage output DC power supply made by the XP Power company. To special order custom level VI complaint 3 stage DC output power supply that works with the ColecoVision/ADAM and Commodore Amiga, it would require a special order of several thousands of power supplies plus several thousands of dollars in fees like UL listed, etc. Therefore, there is most likely not enough demand to special order several thousands of power supplies from the XP Power company. So International customers might want to pick up a 3 stage XP brand power supply for their ColecoVision/ADAM before they go out of production. Because the only choice that will be left is the Mean Well brand of power supplies which does come in level VI complaint models for 3 stage power supplies.   

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