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Topic # 112370 6-Dec-2012 12:45 Send private message

Not sure if this is the right forum... it's kinda DIY-ish... HTPC-ish... stuff. I'm interested in this unit from hardkernel. The power supply they're selling has a foreign plug, which I understand is illegal to import into NZ? Does anyone know where is the best place to get a power adapter that will suit this unit?

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D.

PS. Interested in running this unit on Ubuntu, with XMBC as an HTPC replacement.




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  Reply # 728288 6-Dec-2012 21:13 Send private message

You need a 5V power supply that is rated at least 2A. This is probably your best option:
http://www.jaycar.co.nz/productView.asp?ID=MP3480&form=CAT2&SUBCATID=1000#12

There is no issue with one-off sample imports, it will get delivered. But you will not know if it pass local safety standards and if your house burns down because of the power adapter then you will likely not get your insurance claim approved. Legislation changed so that (volume) importers/distributors must hold a copy of the certificate of compliance (not just site it).

However, looking at their claim that it complies with EU regulations (which NZ essentially copies) it should be fine.




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  Reply # 728289 6-Dec-2012 21:20 Send private message

Thanks for that. I was quite determined not to take the risk of importing the power supply... just in case. My main concern was actually the plug itself. I couldn't tell what size was required. So you think that Jaycar one will fit into the socket on the board?




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  Reply # 728482 7-Dec-2012 12:26 Send private message

The Jaycar one has a set of I think 7 plugs of different sizes/styles. You fit the one that matches your application, just need to get the polarity right (assume you have a multimeter to check). The web site says you need centre positive, outer negative.

The ODROID power adapter is a standard European 2 pin plug. You can get an adapter (similar to their Euro to US adapter) from DSE, Jaycar, 2Cheap, groceries stores, The Warehouse. There is no issue with using an adapter in NZ, but be aware they tend to sit loose so you probably want to glue/tape it together. There is no safety issue, the Euro pins have a long insulated section and you are unlikely to tough the contact if it partly falls out of the adapter (just like NZ plugs, where as the similar Chinese plugs and the US plugs do not have the insulation).




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  Reply # 728487 7-Dec-2012 12:35 Send private message

Niel: The ODROID power adapter is a standard European 2 pin plug. You can get an adapter (similar to their Euro to US adapter) from DSE, Jaycar, 2Cheap, groceries stores, The Warehouse. There is no issue with using an adapter in NZ, but be aware they tend to sit loose so you probably want to glue/tape it together. There is no safety issue, the Euro pins have a long insulated section and you are unlikely to tough the contact if it partly falls out of the adapter (just like NZ plugs, where as the similar Chinese plugs and the US plugs do not have the insulation).


Fantastic... I will just go with the Odroid one, it's infinitely cheaper than the ones I have found around here! Thanks for the tips, I have had to tape adapters in the past too.




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  Reply # 728578 7-Dec-2012 14:37 Send private message

I prefer hot melt "glue". Gas version works better as it gets hotter, but electric is fine if you let it heat up well. If you want to remove it just give it a couple of drops of IPA (alcohol). Let the IPA evaporate, it is very conductive.




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  Reply # 728581 7-Dec-2012 14:39 Send private message

Niel: I prefer hot melt "glue". Gas version works better as it gets hotter, but electric is fine if you let it heat up well. If you want to remove it just give it a couple of drops of IPA (alcohol). Let the IPA evaporate, it is very conductive.


Are you referring to those hot glue guns with glue sticks?




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  Reply # 728760 7-Dec-2012 21:16 Send private message

Yes, that is hot melt glue. There is a gas version you refill with cigarette lighter gas that get to a good temperature, think you buy it from Jaycar or RS, not sure which, and it is expensive but great. Electric is slow and cools down fast, but fine for small jobs.




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