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kowspot2000
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ATIK Power Supply new
      #5614250 - 01/09/13 06:37 PM

I received a used ATIK 314L+ the other day and unfortuantely it only had the car plug power adapter, and I need a standard wall power supply. The manual says that for the 314l+ You need a DC Power supply of at least 1.5 Amps, and they recommend purchasing their brand.

However I have a wall power supply that is the same connector and size, but it is 12V and supplies 3 Amps of power. I was wondering if anybody knew if this could work, or am I at risk of blowing up the CCD? And if you use a 3rd party power adapter for your CCD, what are your experiences?

Thanks for you help!


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Bob Moore
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Re: ATIK Power Supply new [Re: kowspot2000]
      #5614281 - 01/09/13 06:53 PM

As long as the camera runs at 12 VDC and that you have the tip configuration wired right ( Tip Pos or Neg ) it will work just fine

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Re: ATIK Power Supply new [Re: Bob Moore]
      #5614303 - 01/09/13 07:04 PM

Yes as long as the power supply plug is wired correctly for the camera and puts out the proper voltage AND can supply 'at least' 1.5 amps it will work. The camera will only draw the amps it needs regardless of what the power supply can deliver. I run all my 12v stuff off one power supply rated for 30 amps.

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kowspot2000
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Re: ATIK Power Supply new [Re: Mike7Mak]
      #5614378 - 01/09/13 07:46 PM

Awesome! Thanks guys that's good to hear. The manual stated it needed to be positive center in the tip, I was wondering how I would test this? Are negative center plugs even that popular? I've never encountered one, I just don't want to accidentally blow my CCD haha.

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Peter in Reno
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Re: ATIK Power Supply new [Re: kowspot2000]
      #5614412 - 01/09/13 07:58 PM

Many wall warts show a small drawing whether the tip is positive or negative. Take a closer look at your wall wart or power supply. Look for "+" and "-" signs.

Peter


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orion69
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Re: ATIK Power Supply new [Re: kowspot2000]
      #5614419 - 01/09/13 08:01 PM

I'll mention just one thing: power supply must provides a stabilized current of 12V (or little more) and recommended 1.5Amps, so your power supply should be of good quality otherwise camera may not work correctly.
Also I must say that I would never use power supply from local store, but it's your decision of course, I hope it will be OK.


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Re: ATIK Power Supply [Re: orion69]
      #5614477 - 01/09/13 08:43 PM

check adorama

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Re: ATIK Power Supply new [Re: kowspot2000]
      #5614707 - 01/09/13 11:39 PM

I use one that I bought from Radio Shack that has a tip that can be + or - and it has worked fine.

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Re: ATIK Power Supply new [Re: rigel123]
      #5614897 - 01/10/13 03:55 AM

ANY stabilized power supply that can give required voltage when supplying demanded current is OK to use. The center positive tips are common (all my astro grear has this). I won't be afraid of using any stabilized PS that radio amaters use for their radios that have 13.8V :-) I think Atik is safe to be used from 12.01 to 14.5V less than 11V can cause problems. From my measurement Atik 314L+ draws at most about 1A so any PS with 12 or 13.8V with 2-3 or 4 Amps is perfect choice...

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kowspot2000
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Re: ATIK Power Supply new [Re: Konihlav]
      #5615703 - 01/10/13 03:08 PM

Thanks everyone! I checked it out and it was center positive. I tested it out last night and it worked perfectly! Woot Just saved $50 haha, thanks for your help everyone!

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