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Need a Power Adapter Plug

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Johnny Angell, May 8, 2012.

  1. Johnny Angell

    Johnny Angell Played With Dinosaurs Member

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    I've got this Mighty Brite AC Power Adapter which I use for my book light. However, right where the cord joins the plug that plugs into the light, it has frayed and separated. They've made it so the plug can't be repaired. Are these kinds of plugs for sale someplace? I've already tried Radio Shack in town. They had nothing like it.
    It's kind of hard to google it since I'm not quite sure what it's called.
     
  2. Paul D G

    Paul D G Well-Known Member

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    They're called AC Adapters and yep, you can buy them. In fact, I'm really surprised Radio Shack didn't have them.

    Here's one: http://amzn.com/B0042X8XOG

    (not an endorsement of this model, just the first thing my search hit on)
     
  3. Steve Berger

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    You can go two ways. You can replace the plug itself.
    http://www.mcmelectronics.com/browse/Plugs/0000000667
    or the entire adapter.
    http://www.mcmelectronics.com/browse/AC-Adapters/0000000301
    The plugs you'll probably have to order unless there is a hardware store with some electronics supplies. Be aware that the plugs are sized to a tenth of a millimeter, both inside and outside diameter as well as length.
    The "wall-warts" as the adapters are often called are more likely to be found locally, sometimes in switchable output voltages. These need to be sized by voltage and current,
     
  4. Jay H

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    i think radio shack has them but its hard to get good help these days and perhaps the guy/gal did not understand what the OP needed... I think I have an "archer" AC adaptor that I got from RadioShack many years ago that I was using to power some PC speakers...I'd be very surprised if RS didn't carry them...
    Jay
     
  5. John Gido

    John Gido Well-Known Member

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    A few thing to keep in mind when looking for a replacement:
    1. The size of the plug that goes into the equipment.
    2. The polarity of the plug (positive center vs. negative center).
    3. Voltage & amperage of the "wall wart" should match exactly (12V, 200mA, etc.) or as close as possible.
     

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