Switching adapter into 120v DC

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Joined Jun 6, 2014
I have a 100 - 240v ac to 5v DC switching adapter. Is it possible to intercept the voltage just after the rectifier and get 120v dc. I have read different things, the consensus seems to be that switching adapters rectify 120vac to 120vdc then run it through a transformer to drop it to the needed voltage, then through some filtering and regulation. Is this correct?

I am trying to make a simple led light, if I use 120 vdc I would need less resistors. I believe.


Joined Nov 7, 2013
Yes but no.

There is no practical or safe reason to do it.

In fact thread may well be closed for the suggestion.:D


Joined Dec 13, 2013
when using the adapter on 120 volts ac in, there is about 170 volts after rectification and filtering. there is no 120 volts dc in there at all.


Joined Sep 17, 2013
.... and that 170V is not mains-isolated so can be LETHAL.
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Joined Mar 24, 2008
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