This is an old thread but I thought I'd pick it up again.
Interesting that the power supply itself said 117V but happily takes our local 240V. I bought my VS2400CD from the US and like yours, the power supply says 117V 50/60Hz, so I got a step down transformer off eBay (about AU$70, not expensive) and have used the VS with that since 2008.
While I was searching for a VS I heard whispers that the US/Japanese models could handle Euro/Aussie voltages, despite not being marked as universal. I've never had the guts to try though!
I'm curious if what you've discovered with your 1880 is typical of all VSs?
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