In electronics the term adapter is normally used to describe something that converts from one connector or package to another. For example a BNC to SMA adapter is an example of a connector adapter, while an SOIC to DIP adapter is an example of a package adapter.

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Why are some AC/DC adapters light while others are heavy?

I was browsing the thrift store and found a nice pair of JBL 2.0 computer speakers, but they lacked a power adapter. They call for a 12V 1A supply. I have a ton of "bricks" lying around, but no 12V ...
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Need Help… So Confused with this QFP32 SA663 Socket

I purchased an SA663 clone QFP32 Socket online, but to my extreme dismay, it doesn't work, or at least I haven't been able to get it to. Basically the original SA663 is a 1:1 pinout. But after trying ...
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Power adapters 5v

Today, I wired my home door bell to the mains because I had to keep replacing battery every 2 months... It required a 9v supply and I had two identical door bells. As I only had a 17v power adapter ...
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What do you call a transformer separated from a wall plug?

I got a hold of (from a friend) a AC->DC 5v 2a power transformer - it connects to the wall with lamp cord/ figure-8 connector, and has a USB plug on the other side. I can't for the life of me find ...
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How do I read my AC Adapter label. [duplicate]

My AC adapter reads... Output: +12V DC symbol 12.5A Input: 100-240V~ 50-60Hz 2.5A I would like some clarification on if i'm reading/understanding this ...
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how can i decrease the voltage of an AC-DC adapter without decreasing current (mAmpire)

i have an AC-DC adapter with 5volt 350mA (actually an old cellphone charger). i need to decrease it's voltage to 3volt. i tried adding a resistor in series & it worked, but it also decreased the ...
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run LEDs with cellphone charger

I wanted to run LED bulbs with a mobile phone charger/adapter ( input: 220v AC, output: 5v 350mA, nokia). but the LEDs become very hot & I'm afraid they may burn. i don't know the ratings of these ...
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Power adapter versus Power supply

I have a mini water-pump/motor hooked up to an LM338 (similar to LM317, but capable of higher current output). I set up the LM338 to create a 6.1-V output, from an 18-V input; this was done by ...
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Is it safe to connect battery in series with wall adapter?

Is it safe to connect a battery in series to wall via adapter? I have an AC adapter which gives me 10 vDC from the wall (220 volts). I've measured the adapter and it outputs 10 vDC. I have a 3 volt ...
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How do I connect the edge connectors on the PCB to a breadboard?

How do I connect the edge connectors on the PCB (shown in the below image) to a breadboard ? Are there any standard breakout boards or Adaptors available for this purpose ? Link to the user guide of ...
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Bad if I use adapter of higher Ampere? [duplicate]

I'm looking for an adapter for my Keyboard piano. I am not sure about the specifications of the original adapter, but I've looked up some online and I've found two adapters that supposedly should fit ...
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I cant figure out which power adapter would fit these requirements [duplicate]

I have a router which requires the following Input Power: 42-59 VDC, 457-325 mA, 19.2W Cant seem to find any adapters that provide 42-59 VDC. Would I have to satisfy all these requirements or just ...
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How to make an external PCI adapter that runs on USB3.0?

Motivated by old PCI (NOT PCIe) cards, and laptops without expansion slots, I want to try making a PCI-over-USB 3.0 solution. This is about 70% experimentation, and 30% actual use. Is this viable? I ...
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What happens if I supply a higher voltage than the rated voltage of my jack?

I want to replace the original jack from my notebook with a new one since it is broken (and I would like to avoid to replace it with the same as the original). The original AC adapter supplies 19V and ...
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Amperage for Sony SNC-VB630 Camera [closed]

I am trying to choose a right DC adapter for SNC-VB630 CCTV Camera but the only specs I could find in the official documentation was 'INPUT 12V DC'. Nothing about amperage. I have a 12V dc adapter ...
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Digital data coming out of a cell phone headset mic?

I want to connect a sound board / mixing console / whatever-you-prefer-to-call-it to the headset jack of my Motorola Android phone. I know the typical TRRS pinout of Left/Right/Ground/Microphone, and ...
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Does a typical mobile adapter draw current when no load is attached?

Summary: I am comparing the trade off of wasting my time daily plugging and unplugging multiple chargers at multiple sockets. I need to know approximately how much Amp is my adapter drawing every ...
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Do I use a 5V 2A or 3A DC adapter to power my 2m (6.5ft) WS2801 LED strip?

(Please excuse me if my English is bad) I recently purchased a 5m LED strip, but I only need to power approximately 2m (6.5ft) of the 5050 RGB LED WS2801 strip, but I'm afraid that a DC power adapter ...
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Max Current Output [duplicate]

Looking around at a couple of power supplies that I own such as a guitar pedal adapter that says it puts out 9V and 1700mA max, how does a power supply like this work so that it doesn't put out too ...
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Is it possible to make a Lightning connector extension cable with a micro USB added?

I want to make a male lightning connector to lightning connector-female and micro USB-female adapter. The end result would work like an extension cable for the lightning connector, but on the female ...
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Unregulated AC-DC adaptor voltage response

This is my first post. I'm a long-time computer programmer but new to this field of hobby electronics. I bought a 12V 800mA AC/DC adapter to feed my circuits. Seems it's unregulated since the ...
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Powering SMD 5050 strip via LM2596 DC/DC converter

I decided not to order / use the power supply typically sold with SMD 5050 kits. I heard a lot of explosion stories regarding those dodgy stuff. I want to make my own (power supply to drive SMD 5050. ...
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What is the use of this pin in my AC to AC converter [closed]

I am using a 9V AC converter for a digitech product. But I notice that there is a pin in a socket kind of thing in the adapter. What is the use of this pin?
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Supply voltage drops AFTER connecting to device [closed]

I have a 19V 2.1 amp (power mentioned is 45 watt) laptop adapter connected to a 19V 2 amp laptop (in description power mentioned 10.2 watt). When I plug the adapter, the multimeter shows the rated ...
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DC adapters: why so few amps?

If I have a device that draws 5 amps at 12 volts, I can use any 12 volt DC adapter that can provide at least 5 amps. Why don't all DC adapters have the capacity to provide loads of amps!? If all DC ...
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Electrical part question

Does anyone knows the name of the part that connects with this power adapters cable?
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Understanding the input specifications for a laptop adapter [closed]

The sticker on my laptop adapter claims the input should be INPUT: 100-240V~ 2.5A(2,5A) 50-60Hz What does all this mean? Here are a couple specific questions: Can the adapter accept anywhere ...
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Connecting power source to Arduino's 5V pin

I have an Arduino board connected to a Neopixel Ring. This Ring draws more than 0.5 Ampere, so it needs its own power supply (not drawing power via the Arduino board) I found this schematic that ...
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Question on 3DS power adapters, minor voltage difference [duplicate]

I am going to be traveling overseas and bringing my Nintendo 3DS which the adapter outputs DC 4.6V 900mA. I found an unofficial USB cable to charge it and I was curious if the minor variance in the ...
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Converting a 9v Battery powered Device to a 9v dc power supply [duplicate]

I have an old Vivanco MX300 mixer which runs of a 9v battery. I have it in the same place and it's an inconvenience having it run by batteries. Could I use an old AC/DC adapter that would supply 9v ...
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Slimline SATA adapters

I've been lurking around the net for days trying to find a Slimline SATA to mSATA\microSATA adapter, the only one remotely related is the laptop optical bay HDD\SSD enclosure which I already have and ...
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USB connectors inter compatibility

Please let me know if I make some type of technical mistake in terminology. My topic revolves around USB connectors. I have become aware of most of the issues surrounding the USB connector but there ...
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Divide household power to multiple adapters [closed]

I'm working on a custom charging station rack which would allow me to charge 3 of my tablets simultaneously. I already have the rack and adapters setup for the tablets but it requires 3 different ...
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Laptop surface vibrating when rubbing over it [closed]

Because my previous HP laptop adapter stopped working, I got a new one. But if I use this one, I feel a kind of vibration when I rub over my laptop's surface. I don't have this if I work on battery, ...
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Need help picking components to build a PC to PS3/360 USB adapter :) [closed]

I stumbled across this (link) tutorial on how to create a PC to PS3/360 adapter and thought it would be a fun little project to mess with :) I know next to nothing about this stuff so before buying ...
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Ways to connect a PCIe/PCIe2 card and other PC parts to a breadboard?

Basically I have a bunch of rather old computer parts that I haven't been able to get rid of so I decided to do a few experiments with them but for that I need to be able to breadboard them. Things ...
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Transmitting 12v DC over a long wire

I'm trying to charge my laptop through a 12V battery and 12-19V adapter over a long wire but I've noticed that the adapter makes some noise and doesn't work. On the other hand when I connect it close ...
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Is it possible to power an AC-to-DC switching adapter with a DC input?

Typical "wall-wart" switching power adapters are often rated for ~110-240V 50-60Hz AC input and output low-voltage DC. For this question let's assume the output voltage is 5V DC. Internally, the ...
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Does the input polarity matter for a 12V DC adapter?

I bought a car cigarette DC adapter yesterday with the following specs: Input: DC 12V Output: DC 17V I'm planning to connect it to a 12V battery I have at ...
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XBee Adafruit adapter does not respond [closed]

I just bought an XBee series 1 with an adafruit adapter (in fact I have two of each). I followed the official tutorial and double-checked the component's wiring as the following: ...
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How can I adapt a 8-WFDFN Exposed Pad to a breadboard?

I got a few of these:http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/DRV8837DSGR/296-34806-2-ND/3471184 without looking close enough at the package type. Is there an adapter for this so I can fit it on to a ...
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Can I run this hard drive on 12Vdc 1.25A instead of 1.5? [duplicate]

I have a My Book Essential external hard-drive from WD that ships with a 12Vdc 1.5A 18 Watt adapter. Will I be risking everything by plugging it into a 12Vdc 1.25A adapter?
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Traveling - can I connect this adapter? [duplicate]

I'm new here - computers are my thing, but I could use some electrics help. I have travelled to a small island where I will be for several months. I managed to bring everything except one power ...
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Replacing adapter with batteries?

I have some device with ac/dc adapter [9v, 500mA], and I want to replace the adapter with batteries. If I used [6 * 1.5v] battries, is that acceptable? do I have to worry about the max current of the ...
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How my ac-dc adapter gives constant voltage and current? [duplicate]

I have multiple ac-dc adapters, one with variable voltage and the others for electronic devices. written on them they give specific voltage and current, How come? Doesn't the current change with the ...
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What's the rationale behind “wall wart” plugs? [closed]

It's more of a curiosity question than a real problem, but since I've run out of wall sockets again, I'd like to ask you - is there any particular reason or use case in which "wall wart" AC adapter ...
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Can I get the type of clamps that are utilized by the Peak DCA55 Semiconductor analyzer for a multimeter?

I love how on my DCA55 it has push button with clamps that I can use to clamp down on the component I'm testing. Is there a place I might find this attachment for my multimeter? Also, what are the ...
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AC adapter: Input power vs Output power

When I look at, let's say an iPad AC adapter, the input/output rating on the charger states: Input: 100-240V 0.45A (AC) Output: 5.1V 2.1A (DC) I know that the ...
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Xbox 360 Controller to Nintendo 64 Console

The goal of this project is to create a working adapter between a wired Xbox 360 controller and a Nintendo 64 game console. The signals from the Xbox 360 controller USB port data pins (Data+ and ...
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ECL to Lemo connector

I am designing a DAQ software, which looses some information during read out. There fore I thought of testing another CAMAC ADC and in particular the Lecroy 3351. Surprisingly I saw that it doesn't ...