120 to 3 ???

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by wazz, Jan 10, 2008.

  1. wazz

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    Jan 8, 2008
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    Is there a way to adapt a toy that takes 3 volts to run it, to a household outlet????

    Wazz
     
  2. SgtWookie

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    Jul 17, 2007
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    Sure, a "wall wart".

    I think they've made like 20 wall warts for every man, woman and child on the planet. I'm not kidding.

    Basically, a wall wart is a plug-in transformer that has an AC rectifier and voltage regulator built in, with a cord.

    Consider using NiMH rechargeable batteries though, particularly if you have young kiddies. Not a good idea to make them curious about things that are plugged into the wall, as they are likely to start plugging things in themselves. :eek: (yes, I did that when I was a kid. I still remember the blinding blue arc it made, too. :rolleyes:)

    Depending on the age of your kids, keep small batteries out of reach or secured in the toys, as they can be a choke hazard. Plug unused outlets. You can get safety plugs inexpensively at your local hardware stores.
     
  3. wazz

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    Jan 8, 2008
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    Thanks, for the answer...no worries about the little ones, the little ones are big ones, but we still play with toys :}
     
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