I don't know if the power plug should have + at the inner contact or the outer.

  • \$\begingroup\$ take an ohmmeter and measure between something clearly marked as ground on the board (if anything). Perhaps large mounting holes if they have a metal ring. \$\endgroup\$
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    Feb 25, 2011 at 16:01
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  • \$\begingroup\$ @Kevin Vermeer: I added an answer below \$\endgroup\$
    – powtac
    May 26, 2011 at 9:06

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positive is in the center of the plug. This is a pretty typical way to do it, because having positive on the outside is just inviting shorts if you pull the plug, and then drop it on something that's grounded.


A good documentation on the official Arduino Wiki: arduino.cc/playground/Learning/WhatAdapter

+ is the center contact
- is the outer contact

 -  ----<  O----  +
  • DC should be between 9V and 12V (20V max)
  • It's a 2.1mm power plug

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