AC/DC Adapters

An AC/DC adapter, or plug-in power supply, is an electrical device that takes input power from a mains power supply and converts or derives the right current, frequency and voltage to power the component it is attached to. Main power supplies provide power to devices that run on batteries or have no other power source. These are suitable for applications such as chargers, set-top boxes, motor control and other office automation products.

A plug-in power supply resides outside the main unit, unlike a computer power supply which is internal.

How does an AC/DC adapter work?

An AC/DC adapter is made up of a central unit which draws power from an AC outlet, it then converts the power to DC that is used to charge the device. Each AC adapter has a specific power rating, measured in volts or watts that it can handle and the output of a device. Because of the power rating and the type of plug on the end, an AC adapter is not universal and can only be used with devices with the same requirements and connector.

International Plug Power Supplies

Some plug-in power supplies come with interchangeable input connectors that you can swap when traveling to areas with different plug types such as the United Kingdom, USA, Europe, Japan and Australia. They may also come with protection features such as short circuit, over voltage and overload to suit the international safety approvals making them ideal for the global marketplace.

Are all AC/DC Adapters the same?

It is possible to use a power adapter on different devices, but its important to check whether its AC or DC output. Using close to, if not exactly the correct voltage and Amperage. If you're unsure it might be worth investing in a universal power adapter with lots of different plug fittings.


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RS Stock No. 907-6255
BrandRS PRO
$14.78
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100 V ac, 110 V ac, 115 V ac, 120 V ac, 127 V ac, 220 V ac, 230 V ac, 240 V ac USB Adapter 5V dc Australia, European Plug, UK, US 1A +40°C USB Type A Universal Plug 1 5W 60.9mm - - -
RS Stock No. 126-2120
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$48.71
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100 V ac, 110 V ac, 115 V ac, 120 V ac, 127 V ac, 220 V ac, 230 V ac, 240 V ac Power Supply 12V dc Global 2A +45°C 2.1 x 5.5 x 11 mm Centre Positive Universal Plug 1 24W 30mm - 1.5m Yes
RS Stock No. 124-4707
BrandRS PRO
$25.44
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100 V ac, 110 V ac, 115 V ac, 120 V ac, 127 V ac, 220 V ac, 230 V ac, 240 V ac Universal 24V dc Australia, European Plug, Japan, UK, US 500mA +40°C 2.1 x 5.5 x 12 mm Centre Positive Universal Plug 1 12W 713.8mm - 1.5m -
RS Stock No. 124-4702
BrandRS PRO
$26.29
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100 V ac, 110 V ac, 115 V ac, 120 V ac, 127 V ac, 220 V ac, 230 V ac, 240 V ac Power Adapter 5V dc Australia, European Plug, Japan, UK, US 2.4A +40°C 2.1 x 5.5 x 12 mm Centre Positive Universal Plug 1 12W 713.8mm - 1.5m -
RS Stock No. 126-2116
BrandRS PRO
$46.45
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100 V ac, 110 V ac, 115 V ac, 120 V ac, 127 V ac, 220 V ac, 230 V ac, 240 V ac Power Adapter 5V dc Global 3A +45°C 2.1 x 5.5 x 11 mm Centre Positive Universal Plug 1 15W 30mm - 1.8m Yes
RS Stock No. 126-2121
BrandRS PRO
$48.71
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100 V ac, 110 V ac, 115 V ac, 120 V ac, 127 V ac, 220 V ac, 230 V ac, 240 V ac Power Supply 24V dc Global 1A +45°C 2.1 x 5.5 x 11 mm Centre Positive Universal Plug 1 24W 30mm - 1.5m Yes
RS Stock No. 124-4704
BrandRS PRO
$26.18
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100 V ac, 110 V ac, 115 V ac, 120 V ac, 127 V ac, 220 V ac, 230 V ac, 240 V ac Power Adapter 9V dc Australia, European Plug, Japan, UK, US 1.33A +40°C 2.1 x 5.5 x 12 mm Centre Positive Universal Plug 1 12W 713.8mm - 1.5m -
RS Stock No. 126-2117
BrandRS PRO
$46.45
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100 V ac, 110 V ac, 115 V ac, 120 V ac, 127 V ac, 220 V ac, 230 V ac, 240 V ac Power Adapter 9V dc Global 2A +45°C 2.1 x 5.5 x 11 mm Centre Positive Universal Plug 1 18W 30mm - 1.8m Yes
RS Stock No. 124-4703
BrandRS PRO
$26.29
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100 V ac, 110 V ac, 115 V ac, 120 V ac, 127 V ac, 220 V ac, 230 V ac, 240 V ac Power Adapter 6V dc Australia, European Plug, Japan, UK, US 2A +40°C 2.1 x 5.5 x 12 mm Centre Positive Universal Plug 1 12W 713.8mm - 1.5m -
RS Stock No. 124-4706
BrandRS PRO
$25.27
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100 V ac, 110 V ac, 115 V ac, 120 V ac, 127 V ac, 220 V ac, 230 V ac, 240 V ac Power Adapter 15V dc Australia, European Plug, Japan, UK, US 1A +40°C 2.1 x 5.5 x 12 mm Centre Positive Universal Plug 1 15W 713.8mm - 1.5m -
RS Stock No. 124-4705
BrandRS PRO
$25.27
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100 V ac, 110 V ac, 115 V ac, 120 V ac, 127 V ac, 220 V ac, 230 V ac, 240 V ac Power Adapter 12V dc Australia, European Plug, Japan, UK, US 1A +40°C 2.1 x 5.5 x 12 mm Centre Positive Universal Plug 1 12W 713.8mm - 1.5m -
RS Stock No. 126-2118
BrandRS PRO
$46.45
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100 V ac, 110 V ac, 115 V ac, 120 V ac, 127 V ac, 220 V ac, 230 V ac, 240 V ac Power Supply 12V dc Global 1.5A +45°C 2.1 x 5.5 x 11 mm Centre Positive Universal Plug 1 18W 30mm - 1.8m Yes
RS Stock No. 126-2115
BrandRS PRO
$36.97
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RS Stock No. 126-2119
BrandRS PRO
$46.45
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100 V ac, 110 V ac, 115 V ac, 120 V ac, 127 V ac, 220 V ac, 230 V ac, 240 V ac Power Adapter 24V dc Global 750mA +45°C 2.1 x 5.5 x 11 mm Centre Positive Universal Plug 1 18W 30mm - 1.8m Yes
RS Stock No. 144-0957
BrandRS PRO
$29.31
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100 V ac, 110 V ac, 115 V ac, 120 V ac, 127 V ac, 220 V ac, 230 V ac, 240 V ac Switched Mode Power Supply 24V dc Australia, European Plug, UK, US 1.25A +40°C 2.1 x 5.5 x 12 mm Centre Positive Universal Plug 1 30W 52mm - 6 (Minimum)ft -
RS Stock No. 144-0962
BrandRS PRO
$40.94
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100 V ac, 110 V ac, 115 V ac, 120 V ac, 127 V ac, 220 V ac, 230 V ac, 240 V ac Universal 24V dc Australia, European Plug, UK, US 2.1A +45°C 2.1 x 5.5 x 12 mm Centre Positive Universal Plug 1 50W 52mm - 1.2m -
RS Stock No. 126-2113
BrandRS PRO
$22.01
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RS Stock No. 144-0963
BrandRS PRO
$40.53
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100 V ac, 110 V ac, 115 V ac, 120 V ac, 127 V ac, 220 V ac, 230 V ac, 240 V ac Switched Mode Power Supply 30V dc Australia, European Plug, UK, US 1.68A +40°C 2.1 x 5.5 x 12 mm Centre Positive Universal Plug 1 50.4W 52mm - 1.2m -
RS Stock No. 144-0960
BrandRS PRO
$40.53
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100 V ac, 110 V ac, 115 V ac, 120 V ac, 127 V ac, 220 V ac, 230 V ac, 240 V ac Switched Mode Power Supply 15V dc Australia, European Plug, UK, US 3.36A +40°C 2.1 x 5.5 x 12 mm Centre Positive Universal Plug 1 50.4W 52mm - 1.2m -
RS Stock No. 144-0958
BrandRS PRO
$40.94
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100 V ac, 110 V ac, 115 V ac, 120 V ac, 127 V ac, 220 V ac, 230 V ac, 240 V ac Switched Mode Power Supply 9V dc Australia, European Plug, UK, US 4A +40°C 2.1 x 5.5 x 12 mm Centre Positive Universal Plug 1 36W 52mm - 1.2m -
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