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Australian power supply

Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:28 pm

Hi all,

New to site, new to linux etc, old windows tech, bought card to get child interested in computing and programming, so can someone advise me on where I can get a power supply for it? I have dozens of power supplys of all sorts at home but not one fits the board, none of my adapters or multiple USB fit they are all too big including the micro\mini USB connections. I have bought one from ebay that promised to fit, it was a bloody phone charger end, but for $3 delivered from OS I am not going to kick a stink up

thanks for reading\help

Cheers

Craig

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Re: Australian power supply

Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:36 pm

Since you're in Australia, try Jaycar. I got one from there that has a standard USB socket and 2100ma @ 5v out.

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Re: Australian power supply

Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:56 am

Most android phone chargers should be able to work as a power supply.
Otherwise Big W / KMart / Target should have them for sale...

I don't understand how the micro USB connections don't fit though...since the Micro USB connector is a standard connector ( standard as in all Micro USB connectors are the same shape )
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Re: Australian power supply

Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:26 am

Went to K-Mart in my lunch time and found one that looks ok, it has a much smaller micro usb connection then the one I have at home that is part of a set of fittings

Thanks for all the help

Cheers

Craig

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Re: Australian power supply

Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:00 am

Ah, I think you have the Mini USB ones...
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The one on the right is MicroUSB.
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Re: Australian power supply

Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:06 am

I too am a complete newbie and need an Australian power supply/cable for my Pi. Can anyone recommend one that works well?

I bought one off the internet that was rated 5V and 1000mA but it was very unstable. I didn't realise it was the power supply and thought I must have had a dud Pi until I unplugged it and plugged in my dad's phone charger instead, out of curiosity, and all of sudden it was stable - and his charger is only rated at 700mA.

So I'm thinking some power supplies, despite their rating, are better than others - so anyone in Australia that has bought one and is tried and tested, I would love to hear from you :)

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Re: Australian power supply

Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:46 pm

http://www.bigw.com.au/electronics/i-po ... -pw-pusbac

That looks like it would do a pretty good job.
Even has a built in battery too, though the battery won't last for ages with the Pi.
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Re: Australian power supply

Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:44 am

Bit expensive. I was hoping someone who has actually tried one would chime in. I could buy 10 different ones and maybe only 1 of them would work. I'd rather avoid that :)

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Re: Australian power supply

Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:45 pm

Faceman wrote:Bit expensive. I was hoping someone who has actually tried one would chime in. I could buy 10 different ones and maybe only 1 of them would work. I'd rather avoid that :)
Do you have any phone chargers for android phones already ?
They are perfect.
Especially HTC ones as they supply 1 amp of power.
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Re: Australian power supply

Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:02 pm

I you really have loads of old power supplies lying around,
Find one which says that it can do 4.7,4.8,4.9 or 5.0 V (any) and at least 800mA, preferably more.
Snip the end off it, strip cable ends, and with a multimeter find which one is +5 and which is 0 Volts.
Solder the 0 Volts line to the end nearest to the board edge of component D17.
Solder the +5 Volts line to the other side, about 10mm from the board edge.
I've got it to work from four NiCAD batteries attached here, but only when supply was less than 5.2 Volts, and those can overcharge to 5.5V which did not work.
4.8 to 4.9 Volts at D17 is normal operating condition.

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Re: Australian power supply

Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:41 am

I've used this one and it works fine (at the time I bought just one, so if you have a look I'm sure you can find someone selling just one rather than two). Of course it's shipped from China so it'll take a couple weeks at least.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/2x-AU-Austra ... 53ee66e8a7

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Re: Australian power supply

Thu Aug 23, 2012 6:34 am

I've just received my Pi and wanted to let you all know that I'm just using a stock standard iPhone/iPod charger with a USB to micro USB cable which is rated at 5v 1A. It's been working perfectly so far and I'm sure that most people have spare ones lying around the house to use.

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