So I bought a Japanese fat, 3000-series PS2 off of Ebay, mainly because I wanted to play the Persona games in Japanese. The thing is, I'm in Europe (Belgium) so when I opened up the box I remembered that the plugs are shaped differently. This didn't seem much of an issue at the time, and I simply bought a plug that allows for American appliances to be plugged into the mainland European sockets. It's not a voltage convertor though, and I suppose that is where the problem lies, considering I tried hooking up the PS2 and found that it doesn't boot up at all. There's no light indicating it's on or in stand-by, and it doesn't respond at all.
Now, at first I feared the console was broken, but now I've come to believe it had to do with the fact that we deal with 230V here in Europe, whereas Japan apparently uses 100V (or 110?). My question to you, and I hope that you will be able to answer it, is this: would the solution lie in buying a voltage convertor? Is there anyone who has experience hooking up a PS2 in a region where the voltages are different?
I was looking at this convertor from the German Amazon. Do you reckon it would help?
Any help would be very much appreciated, considering the whole thing gives me a bit of a headache.