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  Reply # 328812 11-May-2010 10:28
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I have a couple of switching mode power supplies for external HDD enclosures, they supply both 12v and 5v, both at around 2A.  Unfortunately, I'm not looking to retire either of them right now, but I'd say this could be a cheap-ish option - external enclosures are pretty cheap (esp. second hand), probably cheaper than you could get a retail charger with those specs.  HDD's need both voltage rails at relatively high currents, so I'd bet that most enclosures would come with a similar supply:


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  Reply # 330432 15-May-2010 17:25
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I might have something around here. Let me look thru my crap in the shed later and I will update.





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  Reply # 330515 15-May-2010 21:29
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Only have one that looks like it has the slightly narrower plug as pictured.

5v 2a









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  Reply # 330840 17-May-2010 10:45
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Just a found a heap of 5V 2A adaptors ina box in our store room... but no real identifying labels on them.
Stupid questions (TBH, I hate electricty :) ) :

How do you tell if the adaptor is AC or DC ?
Is it just by the polarity label ? Was told that if the positive was on the inside, then its defintely DC and AC is on the outside.....




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  Reply # 330868 17-May-2010 12:32
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xpd: Just a found a heap of 5V 2A adaptors ina box in our store room... but no real identifying labels on them.
Stupid questions (TBH, I hate electricty :) ) :

How do you tell if the adaptor is AC or DC ?
Is it just by the polarity label ? Was told that if the positive was on the inside, then its defintely DC and AC is on the outside.....


Well, if you can see that they are 5V @ 2A but it doesn't explicitly say "AC" or "DC" then you might also be able to see either an AC or DC symbol.  AC looks like a small sine wave, DC looks like a solid line over a dotted line (see my pic above).  This mark is usually near where the voltage is listed.

Alternatively, since you're talking about polarity labels, if there's any polarity at all listed then it will be DC. For all intents and purposes AC has no polarity.

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  Reply # 330877 17-May-2010 13:01
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Heres the ones I found.... anyone know if theyd be suitable ? (Im being lazy now ;) )








Oh, and heres the info from the HP site...





AC Adapter
Dimensions (H x W x D)
3 x 1.9 x 1.8 in (76 x 48 x 44 mm) (including prongs)


Cord Length (approximate)
6 ft (1.83 m)


Power Supply Ratings
Voltage Range
100 to 240 V Switching


Input Current
0.3 A


Input Frequency
50 to 60 Hz


 
Output Voltage
5 VDC


 
Output Current
2 Amp






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  Reply # 330882 17-May-2010 13:12
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They're all 5V, 2A DC. The only issue would be polarity, i.e. +ve or -ve tip. Give them a go, they won't (shouldn't) break anything. Probably they'll be OK. The first and last ones are positive tip, check where they're going to see what that expects.

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  Reply # 330886 17-May-2010 13:23
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Thanks, will bring in the iPaq tomorrow and start poking it to see what its after as you mentioned :)




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  Reply # 330931 17-May-2010 15:43
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Two very clearly show the tip as being + on the label.

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  Reply # 330943 17-May-2010 16:08
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(blonde moment)
Hehe yeah youre right :)

Ill tkae the packs home with me and see if one of them fit...else Ill have to get the plug switched over...




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