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Old 23rd January 2003, 09:06 AM   #1
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Default "wall-warts" is this cheap junk from USA?

wall-warts pops up now and then. What is that? Is it cheap junk from some store in USA? Enlighten me please, since I'm no longer enlightened
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Old 23rd January 2003, 09:10 AM   #2
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A small transformer or power supply that plugs directly into the electric socket.
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Old 23rd January 2003, 09:11 AM   #3
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This is a "wall-wart". Because of it's size, it blocks other outlets.
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Old 23rd January 2003, 09:32 AM   #4
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This is a "wall-wart". Because of it's size, it blocks other outlets.
Can't you twist it half a turn like in Europe. I have a battery charger which really blocks the other outlet, very unusual.

BTW: Have you seen the "wall-warts" which is 10 x 30 mm's! Like an european plug! Forgot it's name, anyone who knows? "Switch...someting"
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Old 23rd January 2003, 09:48 AM   #5
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I thought wall warts was something you got when using dirty power.
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Commonly known here as a "plug pack".
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Old 23rd January 2003, 11:05 AM   #7
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peranders, I think it's based on a switching regulator called the TinySwitch or something. It's smaller, lighter and more efficient than transformer based wallwarts, but is probably not a good idea to power preamps, etc. cuz of the switching noise. I have one which came with my scanner, feels like an empty plastic box with pins on it, but can put out 12V at 1.5A.
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I talk about a power supply which has the same size as an "Euro plug" itself! The switch frequency was rather high 0.5-1 MHz and was CE approved.
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I was tempted to call them wall warts a while back when I was referring to them, but decided against it.. lucky hey?
I picked the term up from another bulletin board
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Tiny indeed and they do not block anything other than the socket you put them in. Among others:

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