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Sometimes a piece of hardware does some fun and overtly noticeable thing, like adds new audio
capabilities, or new storage abilities or more memory to our Commodore. But other pieces of
hardware have a less glorious role to play, but one which is still very important.
Anyone who has been in the Commodore world for more than a short time, and has not been living
under a rock for 25 years, knows that Commodore's original brick power supplies, the infamous
black brick in particular, are prone to failure. This problem is often exasperated by the modern
Commodore user's penchant to add power sucking third-party hardware to the expansion and user
ports. And when these power supplies die, they often go out with a bang. As they die, they are
prone to voltage spikes. This unfortunately can leave our precious (and sometimes irreplaceable)
Commodore ICs at risk of being damaged.
saV64 is one of a few products in the same vein (see the similar products section on the side)
which serves the non–glorious but important role in protecting your Commodore from overvoltage
produced by misbehaving power supplies.
Its use is pretty straightforward. It is a small box, it has a jack and a plug on the end of a
short cable. You plug the plug into the power socket of your C64 (or compatible machine), and
you connect your questionable Commodore power supply to the jack on the saV64. Then you
use your Commodore as usual, with the peace of mind that the machine is safe from overvoltage.
If you care at all about keeping your Commodore safe and working for a long time, once you know
about the problem, and the existence of a solution, you'll probably feel dirty and irresponsible
for not buying one.
saV64 comes in a very professional and sleek looking aluminum enclosure.
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