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Advice for coin acceptor


By SmoothH2O

2 years ago



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#1 2 years ago

I recently bought my first pinball and I love it. It came fully shopped by a professional and is in great shape. The only thing that they did not do is test the coin acceptor. It has a single MEI Cashflow 330 Reference Series that I suspect either takes Canadian currency (don't have any around to test my theory) or tokens of some sort. Can anyone suggest what I should do to replace this? I don't want to buy a new coin door and want to keep the cost down. I am leary of purchasing off eBay or such as most sellers don't know they are trying to sell a Canadian acceptor.

#2 2 years ago

Pinball life has them for $9.95. US .25 coin mech. Easy to change out inside the coin door. No need to buy a new coin door.

http://www.pinballlife.com/index.php?p=product&id=15

#3 2 years ago

Jtm3,

Thanks for the advice here. Please forgive my ignorance on the subject, but I have two questions concerning this product.

1. This will fit where the MEI cashflow mechanism currently sits correct?
2. This interfaces with the pinball machine using the ribbon cable correct?

Thanks!

#4 2 years ago
Quoted from SmoothH2O:

1. This will fit where the MEI cashflow mechanism currently sits correct?

Yes. ( earlier I made the mistake of thinking it was one of the huge ones )

Quoted from SmoothH2O:

2. This interfaces with the pinball machine using the ribbon cable correct?

No.

You should put a picture up of what you have so it is better understood.

LTG : )

#5 2 years ago

The coin mech should swap out easily. I added a pic of what a coin mech looks like.

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#6 2 years ago

I hope I'm understanding your question right. Coin mech.'s themselves are strictly mechanical. When they are installed, the coin goes through the coin door, through the coin mech. and then registers by tripping a micro switch that is attached to the coin door, underneath the coin mech. I will try to find a pic for you. Shouldn't be a ribbon cable there.

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#8 2 years ago
Quoted from SmoothH2O:

Jtm3,
Thanks for the advice here. Please forgive my ignorance on the subject, but I have two questions concerning this product.
1. This will fit where the MEI cashflow mechanism currently sits correct?
2. This interfaces with the pinball machine using the ribbon cable correct?
Thanks!

1. Yes - mounting is standard for coin mechs. May need to adjust the tits on the mech (in Alex's pics, the 'tits' or nubs) are seen protruding from the sides) but they'll fit.
2. No - the ribbon cable is an NRI interface, used for electronic multi-coin mechanisms. (And some single-coin mechanisms.) Your coin door MAY have a mechanical switch under where the Cashflow sits. This would need to be connected to wires - usually already ON the door - to trigger the coin input. If you're missing a switch, then you'll need to pick one up. (Available in many places..)

Quoted from Jtm3:

Coin mech.'s themselves are strictly mechanical.

No, they're not. There are electronic coin 'mechs' (Cashflow 330, NRI G.13, some coin comparitors), some are simple drop-in-play, others need alternate wiring, like the NRI interface. EU uses electornic mechs a lot - US uses old-fashined mechanical mechs a lot.

#9 2 years ago

Hi all,

Thanks much for your replies. I am attaching pictures to show what the current setup looks like.

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#10 2 years ago
Quoted from alexanr1:

The coin mech should swap out easily. I added a pic of what a coin mech looks like.

Any of these will work. You'll need the coin switch and wiring to the coin door interface board.

LTG : )

#11 2 years ago

The MEI 330 is a programmable coin comparitor more common in Euro or Taiwan/Chinese made arcade games and the late model Megatouches. You can program a dozen different coins or token sizes. They are hit or miss with dependability id rather use a regular imonex mech.

#13 2 years ago

Your door is missing the coin switch. However, you can easily get one (on phone, so I cannot find link for one at the moment), and it looks like the wiring is there - if you want to drop in a mechanical one.

The Cashflow 330's cannot be reprogrammed by the end user, you have to take it into an MEI distributor to get reprogrammed, and depending on the dist is costs anywhere between $75 to $150 to get done. (You can get a NEW NRI G.13 programmed to your specs from Suzo-Happ for about $120 - that's what I have in my TZ.)

So, you could go for a mechanical coin mech and accept one coin, get a coin switch and mount it in, likely cost you no more than $50 max, or go for a new electronic mech, accept multiple coins, plug-an-play.

#14 2 years ago

Yes, the Mars Cashflow unit can be shipped to a Mars (MEI Global) service center to be reprogrammed for the coinage you want to use.

http://www.meitechnical.com/technical_support/find_an_approved_service_/

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#15 2 years ago

Get an old school mechanical one like I showed in pic.

#16 2 years ago

if you actually intend to use it get an electronic mech, mechanical mechs have a lot of problems related to the angle of the door in pins in my experience operating them... plus you can get them from china for like $12 now

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#17 2 years ago

Hi All,

Thanks for your advice. I purchased a mechanical mech and it is working great. Thanks for all of your advice.

T

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