# Are all DC plugs the same size?

## Are all DC plugs the same size?

Three sizes exist, one for 6 VDC and two for 12 VDC and the mating of the different sized 12 VDC plugs and jacks is problematic. Because of this, and the small gauge wire sometimes used, they may provide unreliable power connections. The polarity for 12 VDC sockets is center pin positive (+), outer collar negative (−).

Can I use a 5V 3A charger with a 5V 2A device?

Yes, it is absolutely safe to charge a device with a charger that has more current capacity than needed. Since the voltage is held constant (5V), the only factor that determines current draw is the load (another term for resistance) the device places on the charger.

Can I use a 12V 3A power adapter on 12V 1.5 a device?

Yes, you can use a 12V 3A power adapter on 12V 1.5A device. You can also use a 12V 0.5A power adapter but the charging time will be three times longer.

### How do I choose a DC power supply?

When selecting an ac-dc power supply, the primary consideration is determining the system power requirements. This includes the ac input range and the dc output specifications. The user should verify the ac input voltage range of the power supply is compatible with their target markets and specified application.

How do I match a DC adapter?

Remember: the input of the device should be the same as the output of the adapter. This includes polarity. If the device has a DC input of +12V / 5.4A, get an adapter with a DC output of +12V / 5.4A. If you have a universal adapter, make sure it has the proper current rating and choose the correct voltage and polarity.

What is the size of a power plug?

Generic plugs are often named for the pin diameter they are designed to take. Many non-proprietary co-axial power plugs are 5.5 mm (0.22 in) in outside diameter (OD) and 9.5 mm (0.37 in) in length. Two pin sizes are common in the jacks for this size plug body, 2.1 mm (0.083 in) and 2.5 mm (0.098 in), and the plugs should match.

## What is the size of a co axial plug?

Many non-proprietary co-axial power plugs are 5.5 mm (0.22 in) in outside diameter (OD) and 9.5 mm (0.37 in) in length. Two pin sizes are common in the jacks for this size plug body, 2.1 mm (0.083 in) and 2.5 mm (0.098 in), and the plugs should match.

How do you measure the size of a power adapter?

Hopefully, you have the size of the devices plug and can just check the adapters measurements, there are two measurements for these types of connectors. OD – Outer diameter of the plug. ID – Inner diameter of the plug. Typical low voltage adapter sizes. A 5 mm OD x 2 mm ID says the outer diameter is 5mm and the inner is 2mm.

What size is a 5mm od x 2mm connector?

A 5 mm OD x 2 mm ID says the outer diameter is 5mm and the inner is 2mm. If you go into a shop you can compare and test the connector size, or if you are technically minded you can measure the size of the port and pin yourself.