# Risk of damage using an unregulated power supply

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by alvescarlos, Jul 4, 2015.

1. ### alvescarlos Thread Starter New Member

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Hello to all,

I have an unregulated Power Supply with output specs of 1.5-3-4.5-6-7.5-9-12V an 1000mA 12VA (max). As with all unregulated power supplies, when I measure its output at 9V setting, I get about 14V. I understand that with this power supply when the device consums about the 1000mA, then I would get the 9V output.
What I would like to know if it's Ok to use this power supply to power a device that needs to be powered at 9V, with a consumption of no more than 80mA, or am I having the risk of damagind the device? Should I use the power supply at a lower output voltage so I can get something more around the needed 9V?

Thank you very much in advance.

Cheers!

2. ### dl324 Distinguished Member

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Under full load, you should get 1.414*9=12.7V.
It depends on whether the device will tolerate voltages higher than 9V, or lower.

3. ### DickCappels Moderator

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If your power supply peaks are within are under 10 volts there is little chance of damage.

A good solution would be to follow the 12 volt output with a 9 volt regulator such as an LM7809.

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4. ### crutschow Expert

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You might also consider using one of the lower voltage outputs whose open circuit voltage is closer to 9V when loaded with 80mA.

5. ### Ancel UnfetteredOne Member

Jul 3, 2015
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If you know the load is 80mA, then a dropping resistor of R= V/.080 where V is the desired voltage drop (5V?).

Using 5Vdrop I calc about 62Ω required. Power = .08x.08x62 = 400mW. You can squeak by with a 1/2watt rated resistor with decent air flow. 1 watt is better.

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6. ### ian field Distinguished Member

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The regulation on those old iron-cored transformer PSUs is pretty dire, you can sometimes find better ones with an LM317 behind the voltage selector switch.

If you don't mind investing a bit of cash in not blowing stuff up - tight regulated SMPSU versions of the switchable voltage PSUs are becoming more common.

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7. ### Brownout Well-Known Member

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I have the same power supply, and that is exactly what I do with it.

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Amen!