(Topic ID: 216647)

TECH - MARS MEI Dollar Bill Validators (DBV) Updates

By meSz

1 year ago

Topic Stats

  • 3 posts
  • 3 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 1 year ago by KenLayton
  • No one calls this topic a favorite


Linked Games

#1 1 year ago

I have a MARS DBV that I want too update to accept new currency! I could swear I dealt with someone before that was able to update my existing ones. Anyone know how to do this or know someone that does?

The model I have is:
MARS VMF4-R1 (would like to update it to accept new currency and replace worn belts)

I also have a NRI - Buckpasser Validator that accepts dollar bills only. Problem is ... it doesn't seem to want to accept them. I replaced the old belts to no avail. Any input is appreciated!

#2 1 year ago

Mars hasn't done a bill upgrade for the VFM series in at least 15 years but Pyramid at one time made a replacement board for it but I don't think they even do that anymore. That said Betson has a Pittsburgh office that could probably do the belt replacement for you.

It looks like Capital vending has the PTI boards in stock: https://www.capitalvending.com/1166.html but for that price just buy an AE2600 used.
Youtube video if you want to buy the belt kit and change them yourself:

#3 1 year ago

Yes, at one time Pyramid Bill Acceptors made a replacement circuit board for the Mars VFM series which allowed acceptance of the latest currency. Here is an archive of that webpage from 2016:


You might contact them to see if they still have some of those boards. A friend had a couple of those in his VFM series and they worked great and were very reliable.

Promoted items from the Pinside Marketplace
$ 30.00
Third Coast Pinball
From: $ 14.00
Third Coast Pinball
$ 9.00
Yorktown Arcade Supply
$ 149.00
$ 14.50
€ 3.95
Flipper Parts
$ 149.95
From: $ 155.00
Machine - For Sale
Las Vegas, NV
$ 44.99

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