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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Ab, Jul 2, 2004.

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  1. Ab

    Ab Guest

    I'm not sure this is the right place to ask this question, but I can't
    find an answer elsewhere, so here it goes:
    My Toshiba Laptop AC adapter is broken. The adapter says the output is
    15 V dc at 5 A. I found another toshiba adapter, but this one is 14 v
    5 A. Can I use this as a replacement or the 1 V difference is a
    serious problem?
    Thanks in advance.

    Ab
     
  2. Scott M

    Scott M Guest

    It may or may not work but I doubt that a lower voltage would damage the
    unit.
     
  3. gw-hisself

    gw-hisself Guest

    Probably not but try anyway. Some Toshibas require a higher voltage
    to start and a lower one to run. I tested my particular unit with a
    bench supply. It would not turn on until the voltage was 15.9 but ran
    on 14 volts.

    Maybe they want to sell your *their* special car adapter. There has
    been at least one project published that put a cap in series to boost
    the voltage to start a Toshiba for car use.
     
  4. Ab

    Ab Guest

    Ok, thank you very much for your quick responses. Now I have another
    question, still about replacing the same 15 V dc at 5 A adapter. Can I
    use a 15 V dc 4 A adapter?
    I know this may sound pretty stupid, like I'm trying everything, but
    I'm not in the states, not even close, and I'm asking about what I can
    find.
    Thanks again.

    Ab
     
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