How to Understand Your AC Adapter

You might depend on your AC Adapter for your livelihood (or at least to keep in touch with friends on Facebook), but that doesn’t mean you understand how it works (I know I didn’t). Here are the basics so you can be informed in case you ever need to know.

Steps

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    Know what the Acronym Means. AC Adapter stands for Alternating Current adapter.
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    Get the gist. Essentially, an AC adapter separates the power supply from the main body of your electric device; it facilitates the operation of electronic circuits.
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    Break it down. In lay man's terms, the AC adapter is the thing that plugs into both your wall and your laptop so you can surf the net. It’s a type of power supply. They are often referred to as plug packs, plug-in adapters, and power adapters. By separating the power supply from the electric device, the power supply can be lighter and more compact.
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    Watch that plug. The wall plug side of the AC adapter tends to be large and can block other power points from being available. You can fix that problem easily: purchase a power strip and give yourself more room to plug in!
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    Be Mindful of Aging. As with any electronic device, these adapters don’t last forever. Be aware that your laptop, or other device, not charging might not always be a problem with the battery. There are replacements AC adapters available, even at discount prices, so never fear.

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Categories: Electrical Maintenance