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Old 22 September 2011, 05:54   #11
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Thank you Leapy, except it's NOT a charger
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Old 22 September 2011, 06:24   #12
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Old 22 September 2011, 11:08   #13
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I haven't made my mind up about anything, I'm just trying to understand something.

Shown in the picture is the AC/DC adaptor that was supplied to charge the blower. All I was ever after was a replacement for this but with a 3 pin 240v input.

Is this one of those adaptors that you are telling me to leave well alone?
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Hightower, is your inflator something like what's sold for air beds? A little handheld job?

If so, the wall wart is simply charging the NiCad (or possibly NiMH) battery contained within. I wouldn't worry about any rise in voltage from the replacement charger. Most wallwarts aren't all that accurate anyway, despite their specs. You'll likely be off by less than half a volt from drawing less than the rated current (which is spec'd more as a max anyway), which is probably less than the tolerance of the OEM wall warts anyway.

If you're worried about it, a travel transformer would allow you to use the OEM transformer with the UK power. Personally, I think that any voltage near the 7.5V (say, 7 to about 9V) would be fine.

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Have you tried contacting Coleman UK & asking if they have the UK charger available to buy, problem solved
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HT, I think I can see your wood through all the trees

Choose any 3 pin UK tranny, with a 7.5V output and rated at least 200mA, you've probably got a garage full of them. If it's got the wrong end on it, just cut the cables and re-splice, remembering polarity. If it's more than 200mA, you're right, it's the maximum current capacity of the output stages, not the power, as we all know that would be measured in Watts. Christ knows what the warning in the ebay ad is all about, I'd read it as "made cheaply, and inappropriately."

Don't buy that cheap crap from ebay, if you must, pop into Maplins, though I've not had much joy with their variable voltage ones in the past.

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A split decision then...... Andy the unit you pictured looks to be a normal power adaptor rather than a charger. Go for it!
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Cripes now I'm confused, I thought there was a battery in this blower to use it away from the wall socket?

But the pictured adapter does not appear to be a charger. It might be, the output voltage is about right to charge a 6V battery.
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Cripes now I'm confused, I thought there was a battery in this blower to use it away from the wall socket?

But the pictured adapter does not appear to be a charger. It might be, the output voltage is about right to charge a 6V battery.
You are correct. It's quite common on cheaper stuff to just charge from a dc supply like this. If its a bit more expensive it may have some charging electronics inside the pump casing.
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Here's the really frustrating bit.

Do you want to know?

I've just dug this out of the garage Charger.

I thought it was just a Nicad Lipo charger, but reading the manual it does Lead acid batteries too. All I need is some leads with 4mm banana plugs at one end and a 5.5mm adaptor in the other and away I go.
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