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Frequently asked questions on power supplies

Frequently asked questions on power supplies

[Question]: I have a 3A power supply, will it break my 500mA circuit?

No. A 3A power supply will not force 3A into your circuit. A 3A power supply will supply up to 3A of current. It’s your circuit that decides how much of that current it will actually use.

[Question]: My device says 5V (DC) 1A. What power supply do I need?

You need a power supply that gives 5V DC and has a maximum current of 1A or more.

[Question]: My circuit needs 9V, can I use my 12V supply?

No. If your circuit needs 9V and you connect it to 12V, it’s a good chance it will break.

Learn the basics of choosing a power supply here:
http://www.build-electronic-circuits.com/how-to-choose-a-power-supply/

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