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Why Using the Right Charger or Power Adapter Matters

Posted on March 7th, 2016 by Jupiter Tequesta

Over the years, you’ve likely collected a large array of chargers and power adapters. It can be difficult to keep track of which charger goes with which device.

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If you’re unsure, proceed with caution. Connecting two incompatible pieces can completely fry the gadget you’re trying to power up — or, worse, cause a house fire. Below, we take a closer look:

Every AC/DC power adapter is made specifically to accept one kind of AC input and convert it into one kind of DC output. Similarly, each electronic gadget is made specifically to accept a certain DC input. To avoid breaking your device, you need to match the adapter’s DC output to the device’s DC input.

Insufficient power will not charge your device correctly. Too much power can generate heat, which will kill certain electronics.

Using the wrong adapter could go very wrong:

  • Reversing the polarity can lead to damaged electronics or burnt out fuses
  • If the voltage is too low, your device will probably work inconsistently, but it’s not likely to sustain any serious damage
  • Connecting a high-voltage adapter to a low-voltage electronic can result in overheating, a shortened device lifespan and/or immediate device damage
  • If your adapter’s current is higher than what the device requires, you shouldn’t have any issues
  • On the other hand, if your adapter’s current is lower than what the device needs, the adapter may overheat and fail

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Tequesta: (561) 747-5740
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