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neg earth stereo in positive earth car ?

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  1. krawczuk


    Mar 20, 2011
    hi, just came across this :

    about putting a neg earth radio in pos earth car, using a voltage converter/doubler .

    for the life of me , i cannot see how this would work.? can any one explain ?
    mark k
  2. Harald Kapp

    Harald Kapp Moderator Moderator

    Nov 17, 2011
    "Earth" in a car is not really earth. Since the tires are insulating, the potential of a car's chassis is floating with respect to earth. The term "earth" is used only to refer all voltages to a common potential. Another commonly used term is "ground".

    The technique is fairly straightforward. The car's chassis is defined as 0V (earth, ground). As the battery's "+" pole is connected to the chassis, the other end of the battery is at -12V with respect to the chassis.
    A standard car radio is designed such that the "-" input of the power supply is at chassis potential, thus making the "+" input of the power supply being at +12V with respect to the chassis.
    Obviously the two techniques don't match.

    The voltage inverter creates from -12V at its input an output voltage that is at +12V with respect to the chassis. You feed this to the "+" input of the radio's power supply and the radio operates exactly as in a normal car (where battery "-" is at chassis potential).

    Seen from the radio's "+"input the voltage there (+12V) has a potential difference of 24V to the battery's "-" pole. This voltage differential is bridged by the inverter.
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