I am trying to put EL Wire Tape in a project that I am working on.
I decided to go and build an inverter for 12VDC to 100VAC and that fell through. I couldn't find any guides that helped on EL Wire in computers and a lot of people used battery packs. So I was going to buy a battery pack and tear it apart. That didn't work either.
The molex connector on a computer is Yellow (+12VDC), Black (Ground), Black (Ground), Red (+5VDC). So either way I needed to get from 12VDC or 5VDC to 3VAC for the battery pack inverter.
So, I finally changed my plan to a 12VDC Inverter from Radio Shack. One end has a barrel plug for a wall adapter and the other is for the EL Wire. I am going to chop off the barrel end and solder it to a molex connector.
The other end is a problem... I got the EL Wire Tape and the Inverter from Radio Shack and EL Wire requires 100VAC and the Inverter puts out 160VAC 1W(Watt). That is confusing?
I know EL wire can be powered at higher current but it doesn't last as long. 180VAC will degrade it fast. I need to find a way to reduce 160VAC to 100VAC. Not sure what would be the best way to do this and the smallest way. Any help would be awesome. Update: Added Radio Shack Sku's.