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Question about a plug...

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Someone gave me this pumpkin inflatable because they didn't have a plug for it. Anyone know where I can get one, or something compatible, like a rope light plug...?

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I think you need more than a plug, you need a 12V transformer. My Halloween ones are the same way: They use an external transformer to drop line voltage down to 12V.

Since I am not in front of your inflatable, I can't be 100% sure on this procedure. Proceed at your own risk-->

If I am not mistaken, low voltage lights are also 12V. Buy a cheap one (I seen some on eBay for around $5), cut the connector off you have, and hard wire it. Voil

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Yeah, you need a 12V, 17W power supply (about 1.5A @ 12V). Once you have that, the plug is less important -- you could simply cut off the existing one and splice the wires to the new power supply.

Mike's suggestion of using alandscaping (Malibu) lights transformer is a good one IF we can confirm these take AC and not DC current.

-Tim

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Yeah, you need a 12V, 17W power supply (about 1.5A @ 12V). Once you have that, the plug is less important -- you could simply cut off the existing one and splice the wires to the new power supply.

Mike's suggestion of using alandscaping (Malibu) lights transformer is a good one IF we can confirm these take AC and not DC current.

-Tim

Crud. Whenever I see a need for a transformer I automagically assume they are going to output DC....

You are 100% correct. Some LV transformers are AC output. Let me go check my LV inflatables and see what they are....

Edit:

Ok, I just checked my Gemmy ones. They have a similar (probably identical) connector. The label on the 'adapter' says it's a 120v to 12v 28W. Since it doesn't say AC to DC, I'm going to assume that it outputs AC.

Edit 2:

The answer is on the picture of the tag he posted. It says 12V 60Hz. DC power is direct current, and since this one specifies a frequency it takes an AC adapter. The Malibu transformer should work then.

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Thanks so much! I knew I could count on you guys for the answer! You all rock!

I am going to check my big box o' junk plugs and see if any are the 1.5 Amp 12 volt, if not then I will check on ebay.

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Okay, I found a 12vdc 1.5 amp adapter on ebay, but then I was thinking:

12x1.5 = 18 watts. The plate says max 17 watts... would that burn up the motor...? Should I try for a 1.4 or 1.2 amp instead?

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It's always OK to have the power supply rated for more watts than the load. Volts, on the other hand, you want to match.

Think of it as "the power supply can pump out a max of 18 watts, and the load will use up 17 of those".

-Tim

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You want the power supply voltage to be the same as the motor and the power supply current to be more than the motor. The motor will take the current that it needs, which must be less than what the power supply is capable of supplying. Otherwise, the motor sill run slower than it should.

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whoops, forgot the important stuff...

Look at your pic of the spec's, it states 12V/60Hz/17W Class 2 Transformer... It is an AC to AC reduceing transformer, the 60Hz is the give away. A higher wattage will not matter as stated by others, the motor will only take what is needed don't go lower.

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Awesome thanks for clarifying! That's sooooo helpful. My dad's an electrician and somehow this all went over my head all these years... lol

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Soooo, if I understand correctly I need a 12vdc plug with a 1.5 amp MINIMUM. And anything over 1.5 amps will work as well because it will only draw what it needs? I think I came across a plug in my box that had 12vdc with 2 or 3 amps... so that should work right?

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Soooo, if I understand correctly I need a 12vdc plug with a 1.5 amp MINIMUM. And anything over 1.5 amps will work as well because it will only draw what it needs? I think I came across a plug in my box that had 12vdc with 2 or 3 amps... so that should work right?
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Look at your pic of the spec's, it states 12V/60Hz/17W Class 2 Transformer... It is an AC to AC reduceing transformer, the 60Hz is the give away. A higher wattage will not matter as stated by others, the motor will only take what is needed don't go lower.
It has to be AC not DC. It needs to be just a transformer only. It needs to be greater than 1.5 amp.

Usually a transformer that comes in an enclosed case will be rated in amps. Sometimes a transformer doesn

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