(Topic ID: 172096)

Firepower melting its AC plug & outlet!

By darkchao

3 years ago

Topic Stats

  • 15 posts
  • 10 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 3 years ago by vid1900
  • Topic is favorited by 1 Pinsider


Linked Games

Topic Gallery

One image has been uploaded to this topic. (View topic image gallery).

CG0KsXXXEAAscSF (resized).jpg

#1 3 years ago

Picked up a Firepower, got life flowing to it again - all seems well, except having the game powered on rapidly heats up the end of the AC cord, and moreso the outlet plug - to the point where it started melting. I've tested another game in the same outlet, and tried Firepower in a different outlet on a separate circuit as well. The problem is definately coming from the game itself.

I haven't been able to find anything online, does anyone have an idea of what could be causing this?

#2 3 years ago

Firepower is a pretty hot game.


#3 3 years ago

Seriously though, start with replacing the cord and plug (its 40 years old, replace it anyway, ensure it is earthed correctly!) and then check the transformer.


#4 3 years ago

I'm legitimately concerned that providing power to Firepower will start a fire from the power plug.

#5 3 years ago

Sounds like a good place to start - I assume the issue would be limited to the AC side of the circuit - was hoping someone else may have had to deal with this first hand before.

#6 3 years ago

Sounds like to much resistance building up between wall outlet and transformer. A short in transformer or just a bad plug. You can use one of those laser thermometer guns that harbor freight sells to help track down where the heat issue starts.

#7 3 years ago

Sounds like you're well on your way to a fire. Maybe someone has over fused or bypassed the circuit protection. Start by checking all of the fuse values, particularly the fuse for the incoming 120v.

#8 3 years ago

Then replace the power cord. It is likely that a number of stranded wires in the cord are broken cranking up the resistance and turning it into a toaster.

#9 3 years ago

Check to make sure all your fuse values are correct before trying to turn it on again

#10 3 years ago

All great suggestions but also check your outlet. I could have been damaged.

#11 3 years ago

All those suggestions are good. Replace cord with a heavy duty 3 prong outlet cord, and making certain the mains fuse is correct value are a good place to start. You don't want to end up like this Firepower.

CG0KsXXXEAAscSF (resized).jpg

#12 3 years ago

Oh wow
That really would make me


#13 3 years ago

Take an amp check and go from there. Could be plug, could be outlet, could be transformer. Pull all fuses except the main for the transformer and see what you have.

#14 3 years ago

Have the two backbox mounted bridge rectifiers been modified with fuses yet? Remember, if one of those bridges shorts and it's not fused, the transformer and wiring will overheat and catch fire!

Promoted items from the Pinside Marketplace
$ 399.95
Lighting - Led
Pin Stadium Pinball LEDs
From: $ 20.00
Cabinet - Other
Rock Custom Pinball
$ 11.00
1,799 (OBO)
Machine - For Sale
Denver, CO
$ 50.00
$ 12.00
Cabinet - Other
Siegecraft Electronics
$ 14.00
Yorktown Arcade Supply
$ 22.00
2,400 (OBO)
Machine - For Sale
Chicago, IL
$ 259.95
Lighting - Led
Pin Stadium Pinball LEDs
From: $ 9.00
From: $ 18.00
Apparel - Men
Pinside Shop

Hey there! Got a moment?

Great to see you're enjoying Pinside! Did you know Pinside is able to run thanks to donations from our visitors? Please donate to Pinside, support the site and get anext to your username to show for it! Donate to Pinside