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3 to 12V DC Switchable Universal Power Supply $9.90 (or 3 for $19.00) w/ Free Shipping @ Dick Smith by Kogan

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3 to 12 volt DC universal power adapter (switchable between 3V, 5V, 6V, 7.5V, 9V and 12V), up to 2.4 amps, with 9 swappable plugs.

Something to spend your $10 eVoucher on from the Sangean digital radio and/or surge protector debacle?

3 pack here thanks to d123

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  • -1 vote

    About the same cost from China, with regulated voltage & 1A USB port too (if you believe the listing):
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/30W-3V-12V-Regulated-Multi-Voltag...
    Can buy an unapproved $1 travel adaptor to run it here.

    Something to spend your $10 eVoucher on from the Sangean digital radio debacle?

    I got no voucher…as didn't many others.

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      Can buy an unapproved $1 travel adaptor to run it here.

      So the adaptor you linked costs $1.14 more than this deal?

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        Their one has one more voltage options:

        3V, 4.5V, 5V, 6V, 7.5V, 9V, 12V DC

        vs

        3V, 5V, 6V, 7.5V, 9V, 12V DC

        Could be useful for any device requiring 4.5 volts.

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          I don't think it matters as such - I bought an eBay one and even compared to Jaycar ones they all look sort of the same, and seem to be a voltage range rather than discrete settings.

          I know the product itself might not be that much "higher" than an eBay one but at least it's from Kogan so much better chance of a refund/replacement if it dies and has the little things like a proper AU plug (even inc the isolation at the base of the plug).

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          Could be useful for any device requiring 4.5 volts.

          I don't think I've ever seen a device that requires 4.5 volts… must be very, very uncommon!

          @dufflover:

          and has the little things like a proper AU plug (even inc the isolation at the base of the plug).

          Yup, the Kogan one also has RCM approval if people are looking out for that.
          I'll gladly pay a few dollars more to not have to use a dodgy travel converter. The cheap ones are never secure - the plug/adaptor will start to sag and expose the live pin.

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        So the adaptor you linked costs $1.14 more than this deal?

        eug, my good buddy.
        Anyone with eyes can see it costs about the same, and has USB.
        The travel adaptor (if you don't already have one) costs $1. You didn't really have to ask me, did you. But I'm so glad you did.

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          You never answered my question.

          I presume your answer is yes - the adaptor you linked costs more than this deal and requires the use of a travel converter which is potentially dangerous.

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          @eug:

          You never answered my question.

          you had a question? I thought you were making a statement about price and the 'unsafe' travel adaptor while pretending to have a question. Yes, yes you were. If you already have a travel adaptor (I must have at least 10 of them…they are great and unsafe), then you can get a similar voltage converter on ebay for about the same price, that also has USB.

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          @cheepwun:

          So when you said:

          You didn't really have to ask me, did you.

          You didn't actually think I had a question… even though my 1-line reply ended with a question mark?

          Good job!

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          @eug:

          you had a question? I thought you were making a statement about price and the 'unsafe' travel adaptor while pretending to have a question.

          Hi eug, bestest buddy. Read that again with understanding. Good job, faux questioner. Hope you made your 'point' with your fake questioning. And what a great point it was. I think you saved some lives today. Zzzzz.

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          @cheepwun: There there, it was just a simple question, no need to feel so hurt by it.

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          @eug:
          A simple fake question, you mean? Enjoy your travel adaptors. The 3-pin ones work best. I bet your home is filled with them.

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          @cheepwun: Clutching at straws again - looks like nothing has changed. Have a good day!

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          @eug:
          Have the straws been approved for safety in Australia? You mean I have to buy straws to reveal the truth behind faux question time? I was told it wasn't necessary.

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          @cheepwun: Keep going, you're only proving my point. :)

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          @eug:

          Keep going, you're only proving my point. :)

          I think the only real point made here was mine. You still have hang-ups about previous disagreements we've had, so you felt it necessary to respond, in smart-arse fashion.

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          @cheepwun: Sure. If you insist.

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          @eug:

          Sure. If you insist.

          One day you'll say something worthwhile. One day. Without hiding behind a false question.

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          @cheepwun: Keep going, you're further proving my point. :)

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          @eug:

          When you have nothing to say, talk about 'proving my point', as if you had one to begin with. Keep going eug, you're just proving my point that you have no argument and you're still hurt from previous arguments. You are also clutching at unapproved un-Australian straws. Where are the approvals?

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          @cheepwun: Still trying to play the "you're hurt" card in an attempt to trigger me? How cute, keep trying!

          The approval number for this DSE one is printed on the label, as you can see in the photo.

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          Still trying to play the "you're hurt" card in an attempt to trigger me?

          trigger you? Still clutching at unapproved straws?

          The approval number for this DSE one is printed on the label, as you can see in the photo.

          I wasn't asking about it, but thanks so much for letting me know.

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          @cheepwun:

          trigger you? Still clutching at unapproved straws?

          Uh-huh. Keep trying!

          I wasn't asking about it, but thanks so much for letting me know.

          I assumed you were asking a relevant question - I have no idea how your mind came up with "un-Australian straws" that can have "approvals". You're most welcome though!

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          @eug:

          have no idea how your mind came up with "un-Australian straws" that can have "approvals". You're most welcome though!

          I learn from the best. Please excuse me while I plug in my unapproved, unsafe, deathly Chinese travel adaptor.

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          @cheepwun: OK, you're excused.

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    If only we received those surge protectors which Kogan dick magically sold out of and had to refund everyone.

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    Would this be suitable for the Xiaomi Mi Box 3? Is assume not as that requires 5.2v.

    • +2 votes

      5V will be fine.

    • +3 votes

      Better to get the right fixed supply , e.g.

      http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/AC-100-240V-Adapter-DC-5V-2A-Swit...

    • +2 votes

      The 5v would probably be fine for a Mi box but the output current might not be.
      The listing is a bit vague but it says "up to 2.4A" but doesn't indicate which voltage range can supply that so most likely thats only the 3V range with the others being able to provide less and less as they increase. By the time it gets to 12V it could be 500mA or less.
      Additionally it mentions the 2.4A to be the maximum output so may be a peak figure, not something it can maintain indefinitely.

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         > The listing is a bit vague but it says "up to 2.4A" but doesn't indicate which voltage range can supply that so most likely thats only the 3V
        

        Yes, it will be at 3V so its 7.2 watts maximum. 600mA at 12V if your lucky. Ok for low powered devices.

    • +1 vote
       > Would this be suitable for the Xiaomi Mi Box 3? Is assume not as that requires 5.2v.
      

      The voltage will be ok, but the Mi Box 3 needs 2.1A, this dick smith adaptor can only supply 1.4A @ 5V.

      The one manic suggested wold be fine at 5V @ 2A.

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        Well the eBay one cheepwun suggested is rated at 30W. So 5V @ 6A?

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          FYI there are ratings, and there are Chinese ratings. :)

          If they don't tell you the actual current at that voltage, it's probably low.

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          Never trust the ratings! I haven't tried the product, but I can pretty much guarantee the specs are not what they claim.

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        Are you sure these aren't 2.4A @ 12V?

        I need an adapter to replace my failed one on the Dlink DSL-2890…However specs say it needs 2.5A @ 12V.

        Only thing I've found are at Jaycar…but are close to $30 :(

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           > Are you sure these aren't 2.4A @ 12V?
          

          It could be, some adaptors provide the same amps at each voltage level, but in the absence of the max wattage figure we are only left to wonder and be cautious. Still, for $10 it will still likely be a handy backup power source.

        • +5 votes

          Edit:

          Ok, I zoomed into the picture and got the model number PW0038. A bit of googling seems to indicate it's a 30w power supply providing 2.5A at each of the 6 pre-selectable voltages.

        • +1 vote

          @ash2000: Thanks! I emailed DS yesterday but haven't got a reply.

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          @ash2000:
          Yep, received mine & it indicates it will do 2.5A at all voltages (max 30W).
          Nice retail packaging & great price for Australian stock, Australian approved & free shipping.

        • +2 votes

          Just tested mine and can also confirm it puts out 2.5A at 12 volts.

  • +1 vote

    Thanks - used my Evoucher received today from the recent 'Surge Shield' - Although every email I receive from Kogan/Dick Smith goes to my InboX - the voucher magically went straight to JUNK -

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    Thanks, used my voucher.

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    Interesting that he managed to get DSE production runs restarted. I thought he only bought rights to the website. Also noticed he is cheekily using the defunct Tandy name as well. Someone somewhere would have picked ownership of that when Intertan went bust.

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    Still no deal on an usb-c for a 45w laptop?

  • +1 vote

    great post however my voucher from the surge protector debacle doesnt even work heh

  • +3 votes

    I remember using one of these back in the 90's to save on batteries for my Gameboy :)

  • +1 vote

    Me too! Eneloops didn't exist at the time and I needed this for my game boy, Atari lynx, Sega, radio… So many good memories.

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      eneloops didn't, but rechargeable batteries existed for as long as I remember. They used to make AAs out of Nickel Cadmium at one stage. ARLEC was probably the biggest brand that could be bought in places like BigW and so on. They were Made In Japan. So you didn't really need eneloops in order to get rechargeables back in the day. Ni-CD batteries also didn't have huge self-discharge issues like (regular) Ni-MH has. Of course that's been solved with eneloops over the past decade.

  • +1 vote

    Had a similar DSE branded one (slightly different design)
    Made a high pitched frequency sound which made it useless as I was using it for an IP camera doubling as a baby monitor

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    Also had the similar DSE one. Never worked at all

  • +6 votes

    If you think this is cheap, then you can also get 3 of these for only $19.00 including delivery. That is $6.33 each, assuming that you have a need for three.

    https://www.dicksmith.com.au/da/buy/3-pack-dick-smith-3-12vd...

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      Nice. I didn't see that. I've added it to the description.

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      Good find.

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      d'oh. Would've ordered this but I already ordered/received the one before seeing the comment. And no I don't think I'll need 4.

      … or will I? …
      lol

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        Same here but after receiving the first one I decided to buy the 3 pack too. Still only $7.50 each which is a bargain and hopefully better quality than the cheap (and nasty) eBay offerings. About a year ago I bought a 12V 2A power supply with an Australian plug and from an Australian seller with a 12 month warranty. The thing lasted about 3 months and the seller now won't reply even though they are still selling the same item.

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          yep I ended up buying the 3 pack too haha

          Even if it came from the same factory yep at least these hopefully have a higher quality bar, have warranty and Aussie compliant. I had to buy a 12V pack for my parents' and paid $30 for a fixed 12V 2.5A one! It was part of a gift so I didn't want to give them some overseas random thing.
          … so just got 4 variable voltage ones for the same price! (as far as I can see it's still 2.5A @ 12V)

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    Thanks OP, bought one.

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    Might be good for somebody who has an appliance with the reverse of the common centre positive arrangement, otherwise as the polarity can be swapped it could damage the equipment. Would recommend taping it in the selected polarity.

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      Yeah I saw that on the back of the box and thought "oh boy this'll be annoying to have to take care with" instead of being keyed in a traditional +/- way. Not utilizing the one I bought yet but good idea about checking and taping it.

  • +1 vote

    Damn. Didn't see the 3 pack. I've asked them to cancel my order as it hasn't been dispatched yet so I can buy the 3 pack instead (it works out far better value).

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    I have an old SONY WalkMan CD player that uses a 4.5V supply - tho provided voltages are usually in a range: dropping with increasing draw.

    I'd second taking care with supply polarity.

    Is the supply regulated?

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