Power Supply adapter question

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by careless_monkey, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. careless_monkey

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  2. kubeek

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    How could you assume that? The wires can be in any order, the only thing that is known is the connection at the plug. If you don´t have it, why not just measure the voltage? Or connect a LED with appropriate resistor and try which is which if you don´t have a meter.
     
  3. SgtWookie

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    As Kubeek says, the diagram on the label indicates that the center terminal of the plug is positive, and the barrel is negative.

    You can make a simple polarity checker out of a red LED, a green LED and a 470 Ohm resistor, like this:

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    You could also use a bi-color LED if it only has two leads; the 3-lead bi-color LEDs won't work. With the bi-color LED, if the input is AC, the LED will appear orange.
     
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