This article describes the power supply unit (PSU) and power cables for the Xbox 360 console.
Your Xbox 360 console has an external fan-assisted power supply unit (PSU). The PSU has the same basic design in all countries. The maximum dimensions of the PSU are as follows:
Some PSUs are shorter but have the same capabilities. For example, the PSU is slightly smaller in countries that use 110-volt electricity.
PSUs for different versions of the Xbox 360 console are not compatible with each other. For example, a PSU for the original Xbox 360 console is not compatible with the Xbox 360 E console and vice versa.
The PSU has a hard-wired direct-current (DC) power cable that attaches to the console and an alternating-current (AC) power cable that attaches to the wall socket.
DC power cables
Power connectors for the original Xbox 360 console:
1 - 203-watt connector
2- 175-watt connector
3 - 150-watt connector
The connector on the end of your PSU is keyed to fit into the Xbox 360 console with which the PSU is compatible. If the power cable will not plug into your Xbox 360 console, make sure that the PSU is the correct kind for your console.
AC power cables
The AC power cable is 1.8 metres (approximately 5 feet, 9 inches) long and is detachable from the power supply unit.
The end of the power cable that plugs into the PSU has two or three holes. The number of holes corresponds to the number of prongs on the PSU. You must use only the two-prong PSU with the cable that connects by using two holes and use only the three-prong PSU with the cable that connects by using three holes. If you use a power cable other than the cable that was designed for your PSU, you may damage your PSU or your Xbox 360 console.
The plug at the end of the power cable that connects to your electrical outlet can be one of several types. The plug type depends on the country and region where you purchased your console. See the following table for more information about the different plug types.
|Country or region||Voltage||Notes|
|Canada||120V @ 60Hz||In the Americas region, you may have a two-prong power supply that has a two-hole power cable or a three-prong power supply that has a three-prong power cable. The part of the power cable that connects to your electrical outlet is the same for Canada, Colombia, Mexico and the United States. But that part is different for Chile.|
|Chile||220V @ 50Hz|
|Colombia||120V @ 60Hz|
|Mexico||127V @ 60Hz|
|United States||120V @ 60Hz|
|Europe (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain)||230V @ 50Hz||In Europe and South Africa, you may have a two-prong PSU that has a two-hole power cable or a three-prong PSU that has a three-prong power cable. There are five different kinds of connections for the end of the power cable that attaches to your electrical outlet.|
|Nordic (Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark)|
|South Africa||230V @ 50Hz, fitted with a 15-amp fuse|
|United Kingdom and Ireland||230V @ 50Hz, fitted with a 10-amp fuse|
100V @ 50Hz (E)
100V @ 60Hz (W)
|In Japan, there is only one power plug model for the Xbox 360 console.|
|Australia||240V @ 50Hz||In the Asia-Pacific region and in India, you may have a two-prong PSU that has a two-hole power cable or a three-prong PSU that has a three-prong power cable. There are four kinds of connections for the end of the power cable that attached to your electrical outlet.|
|Hong Kong||220V @ 50Hz, fitted with a 10-amp fuse|
|India||230V @ 50Hz, fitted with a 15-amp fuse|
|Korea||220V @ 60Hz|
|New Zealand||230V @ 50Hz|
|Singapore||230V @ 50Hz, fitted with a 10-amp fuse|
|Taiwan||110 @ 60Hz|
To provide sufficient cooling, the Xbox 360 external power supply uses a built-in fan to blow air through the PSU. When you press the power button to start your Xbox 360 console, the PSU fan starts. Typically, the PSU fan makes a "whirring" noise. When your Xbox 360 console is in standby mode or when the console is disconnected from the PSU, the fan does not operate. The speed of the fan increases or decreases when the temperature of the PSU changes. If the fan speed changes, the "whirring" noise that the fan produces increases or decreases.
To help the power supply operate efficiently and safely, follow these precautions:
If the power supply is making excessive noise, you might have a power strip or surge protector that is overloaded. Plug your power supply directly in to a wall outlet and see if the problem persists.
To connect the PSU to your Xbox 360 console:
As with other electrical devices, failure to take the following precautions can result in serious injury or death from electric shock or fire or in damage to the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system.
Select an appropriate power source for your Xbox 360 console:
- Use only the PSU and the AC power cable that were included with your console or that you received from an authorised repair centre. If you're not sure whether you have the correct PSU, compare the 12V output number on the PSU to the 12V output number that is printed next to the power socket on your console. The number that is printed on the PSU (16.5A, 14A, or 12.5A) must be equal to or higher than the number that is printed on the console. If you need a replacement PSU or AC power cable, contact Xbox Support.
- Confirm that your electrical outlet provides the same voltage (V) and frequency [Hz] of power as is indicated on the PSU. If you’re not sure of the kind of power that is supplied to your home, ask a qualified electrician.
- Don't use non-standard power sources, such as generators or inverters, even if the voltage and frequency appear acceptable. Only use AC power that is provided by a standard wall outlet.
- Don't overload your wall outlet, extension cable, power strip or other electrical receptacle. Confirm that these items are rated to handle the total current (in amps [A]) that is drawn by the Xbox 360 console (as indicated on the PSU) and by any other devices that are on the same circuit.
- Use a properly-grounded electrical outlet that accommodates the three-prong grounding plug. Do not remove the grounding prong. If the plug does not fit into your outlet, have an electrician replace the obsolete outlet.
To avoid damaging the power cables and PSU:
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