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02 December 2006 @ 04:54 pm
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Can anyone direct me to a place where I can get something that plugs into wall current and outputs 12 volts AC and .5 amps? I'm running out of places to look.


Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Matthew B. Tepper: Alec Guiness Ladykillersasimovberlioz on December 3rd, 2006 02:07 am (UTC)
I have a "Universal AC Adaptor" sitting around here which outputs 1.5, 3, 4.5, 6, 7.5, 9 or 12V according to how you set the switch, but the amperage is 0.300, sorry. Try Radio Shack, or maybe Henry Radio in West L.A. if you get really desperate. I imagine you could look online, but I suspect you're asking because either that hasn't panned out, or you need it right now.

You're stubborn, hard to handle, and sexy as all get-out.

Yeah. At least, I've observed the third; no first-hand experience of the first two.
Frittersfritters on December 3rd, 2006 02:33 am (UTC)
You've never experienced the stubborn? Consider yourself blessed. And I'm willing to bet that "universal adapter" puts out DC power, I bought one and had that problem.

I tried radio shack, they set the device I'm trying to power with this ON FIRE.

Never heard of Henry Radio, perhaps I'll call them? Thanks!
lironesslironess on December 3rd, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
Is it really ok to continue to use a device that was set ON FIRE??? or did they replace it?

Look on your other toys that have a box between the devise and the cord. 12V is pretty common, perhaps you can steal one that way, if the other end of the plug looks right.
Fritters: Ed Thinking by Frittersfritters on December 4th, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)
12V is pretty common, but 99 times out of a 100 it's DC and not AC. My tree thingy is wired wrong for DC. And we tried it on DC after it was on fire, it still lights, but the insulation is burned through so we've got some contracting tubing to reinsulate it with.
postrophe on December 3rd, 2006 02:56 am (UTC)
Well, this place is close, and open sundays...
Fritters: Ed Thinking by Frittersfritters on December 3rd, 2006 08:46 am (UTC)
The closest I'm seeing there is a 15VAC 2.4 amp wall transformer. From what I've heard, the 2.4 is the maximum and it would be safe to run a device that's .5 amp off of it, but I'm concerned about running a 12 VAC device off 15 VAC. Do you think that would be a problem?
postrophe on December 3rd, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
Right about the current; the gadget should only draw what it needs from what's available.
What exactly are you trying to run, and how much is left of it since radio shack set it on fire?
Frittersfritters on December 4th, 2006 03:07 am (UTC)
So it CAN or CAN'T run on that adapter, I don't follow? And Radio Shack plugged my "Halloween Tree" (a bunch of pretty twigs that light up, it doesn't have to be tree shaped) into wall current. It caught fire at all the ends, but we bought some shrink tubing to reinsulate it and it does still seem to light up when we had it on DC, just not correctly.
postrophe on December 4th, 2006 07:20 am (UTC)
Burnt but working? Gonna have to see this one myself... and wondering how they could sell something that didn't have a way of powering it...

And radio shack did this to you without picking up the tab?
Fritters: Head smashie by rainecloudfritters on December 4th, 2006 07:39 am (UTC)
The lights didn't catch fire, the product caught fire BELOW the lights and the insulation burnt off. And the tree cost me a dollar at an after Halloween sale at Target, and there aren't any more so they either CAN'T replace it, 'cause there are none, or they give me, what, a dollar? Target sold me it for a buck BECAUSE half the product was missing, I just loved the idea so much I didn't care. I figured I'd pick up a cheap adapter, but it didn't occur to me it might be AC instead of DC.

Martin gave RS shit for making me cry and so I can supposedly pick something up lighted and interesting to replace it, but I went back once and everything sucked.