How do I make sure that I am ordering the correct power supply adapter for my device?

Quick instructions on selecting a power supply:

The only information you need to have in order to find the correct power supply for your device is the Voltage / Volts (V) and Amperage / Amps (A).

Voltage has to be an exact match. A 12V DC device needs a 12V DC adapter.

Amperage is the amount of power your device uses. The adapter you order has to be able to supply AT LEAST the amount of Amps your device draws. If your device states it is 12V 3A, a 3A adapter can handle that load, but so can a 4A and 5A. The higher amperage (amp) power supply will not have to work as hard to handle a smaller load, and will run cooler and more stable.

If the Amperage of your device is uneven, such as 3.13A or 4.16A, always round up. 3.13A rounds up to a 3.5A adapter, a 4.16A device will round up to a 4.5A or a 5A.

If you match these two specification (V and A), the power supply will work for your device.

Detailed Instructions:

In order to find the correct power supply for your device, you will need two pieces of information. These are Voltage (measured in Volts or V) and Amperage (measured in Amps or A). You can find this information off the back of the old power supply, or off the back of the device itself. If you do not find it on the device, you can check the manufacturer's website, or in the device's manual under "specifications".

Voltage:
All of the power supplies we sell are 12V DC. They take any input from 100V up to 220V AC, which is what comes out of your wall socket, and output 12V DC. This is what most digital devices such as LCD screens, DVD players, Hard Drives, Audio Gear, and most other digital devices use. We only carry 12V DC power supplies, so if your unit is not 12 Volt, you will not find the correct adapter here.

Amperage:
Once you have confirmed that you need a 12 Volt power supply, you will need to find out how much power your device draws. This is called amperage. Next to the 12V in the specifications there will be another number followed by a capital "A" for Amps. You will need a power supply that can supply enough power for your device. If your device says it draws 3 Amp (3A), you need to use a power supply that can put out at least that many Amps. If your device states it needs 3A, then you can use a 3A, or 4A, or 5A unit. All will work.

If the Amperage of your device is uneven, such as 3.13A or 4.16A, always round up. 3.13A rounds up to a 3.5A adapter, a 4.16A device will round up to a 4.5A or a 5A.

Connector:
All our power supplies have a connector that is standard for a 12V DC device. Most 12V DC devices use the standard tip. This tip is 5.5mm (outer barrel) by 2.5mm (inner barrel) and is center positive. It is a simple round barrel connector. To repeat, if you match the voltage and amperage, then you should not have to worry about the connector type accept in the rare occasion when your device has an unusual connector such as a double barrel, or a 4-pin, but these are easy to spot as the jack where the adapter plugs in will not be a simple circular barrel with a pin inside.