Quality PSU’s For Classic Consoles

It’s really hard to find a good power supply for classic consoles and unfortunately, most PSU’s labeled “for retro gaming” are absolute junk that you should never use with your consoles.  A few years ago, Ste from HD Retrovision decided to approach the problem a different way:  Instead of looking for “retro gaming” PSU’s, why not find a reputable modern version and just use pigtail’s to adapt the ends to each console?

Throughout this search, one model PSU was found to perform equal to, or better than the originals and was even verified by the MD Fourier team!  Rondo Products has decided to stock both this PSU and the pigtail adapters required to adapter them to most consoles!  While it seems a bit confusing at first, it’s as simple as this:  For most consoles, you’ll need one PSU and one pigtail adapter.  Also, that combination can be used on multiple consoles.  Here’s the full list:

Triad PSU:

This PSU is directly compatible with the NES front-loader and top-loader, with no pigtail required.

5.5mm x 2.1mm –> 7.0mm x 4.0mm x 1.0mm w/ reverse pol:

The above PSU and this adapter is compatible with NTSC, North American Super Nintendo consoles, SNS-001 & Super Nintendo Jr. SNS-101, as well as the Virtual Boy.

5.5mm x 2.1mm –> 5.5mm x 2.5mm:

The above PSU and this adapter is compatible with PAL Super Nintendo consoles.

5.5mm x 2.1mm –> 4.75mm x 1.70mm:

The above PSU and this adapter is compatible with the Genesis / Mega Drive 2, Genesis 3, 32X, Nomad, Game Gear, JVC X’Eye, PC Engine Duo R, PC Engine Duo RX.

5.5mm x 2.1mm –> 5.5mm x 2.1mm w/ reverse polarity:

The above PSU and this adapter is compatible with Genesis / Mega Drive 1, Master System 1/2, Sega / Mega CD 1/2, Famicom HVC-001, AV Famicom HVC-101, Turbografx-16, PC Engine, CoreGrafx, Atari Jaguar, Super Famicom SHVC-001, Super Famicom “mini” SHVC-101.

5.5mm x 2.1mm –> 6.3mm x 3.0mm:

The above PSU and this adapter is compatible with the TurboDuo and PC Engine Duo.


FirebrandX has also just completed a page on his website, that’s a culmination of his original work on the Shmups thread. FBX chose a slightly different way to solve the same problem, listing different model PSU’s, reducing the amount of adapters people might need.  While I like how Rondo Products has simplified everything with one PSU, the more nerdier of us might want to check out FBX’s list.  He’s also got international versions available as well for people needing PSU’s outside the US.  Just make sure to label each PSU very clearly!!!  All the Triad’s look pretty much identical, including ones that output different voltages and polarities!:

There is one downside to using current-generation power supplies:  What if the manufacturer changes the design of the PSU?  That’s what happened with the ‘PWR+’ model previously recommended – The original model Ste tested and verified was discontinued and the replacement is not recommended at all.  That’s why I’d generally recommend buying from Rondo Products, as they’re stocking verified part numbers and will check with each bulk order that the design hasn’t changed.

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