12v Cable for TV / DVD player

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  1. barryd

    barryd Read Only Funster

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    Hello All

    On my list of stuff to sort out for our imminent departure I need a new 12v lead for our TV / DVD player. Its a straight through cigar type plug lead to a 10mm x 5mm plug. There are no voltage regulators or transformers, nothing fancy.

    Can I get one? No! Cant even seem to find the bits to make one up. The one in the photo works but only if you wiggle the cable near the top, it must have broken somewhere. No lead means no telly for 3 months!

    Does anyone know where to get one or the bits to make one up? Does anyone indeed have one kicking around they dont want? Happy to pay for it.


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    Difficult to get a ready made lead like this. However Maplins sell both 'ends' so you could make up your own. If you know which end of the wire is broken you probably need only one anyway.
    Universal 12v power adaptors are available but usually only 1A which wouldn't be enough for most TVs.
     
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    Hi Barry,

    Again as NR said Maplins supply both both ends.

    You have probably done this already but just in case....

    Have you opened up your existing plug and checked inside?

    Most are quite cheaply made and have a little spring which pushes against the fuse which then pushes onto the silver pin on the end. Sometimes the spring collapses or gets twisted inside the plug which results in a poor connection inside the socket.
    Some plugs have screws to open them, others you just unscrew the knurled cap by the silver pin and they spring apart.

    I just did this on a cigar lighter connector last week which was working intermittently and it was the spring causing the problems. Fixed the spring, fixed the problem.
    :thumb::thumb:

    Callum
     
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    Thanks

    I just tried that but I think its the wire as it will come on if put a bend in the last 6 inches near the cigar socket.

    I have found a couple on ebay but I have to go to Stockton tomorrow anyway and I think there is a Maplins there. Will see what they say.

    There used to be loads of little electrical shops around that would have stuff like this. They dont seem to exist anymore.
     
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    Barry,
    There is a Maplin's in the Boro, its in the old Forbes Building, top of Linthorpe road, about 200 yds from the Town Museam.
    Really helpful staff and if they don't have the part in, their order system is very quick.
    Best Regards, Mac
     
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    why not cut off the last 6" and refit the plug.
     
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    If you cannot make it to a Maplin's store, their online store system is very good and the delivery in my experience is extremely fast.:thumb:

    ps, if you think it may be the wire at the plug end could you not cut the suspect broken section out and re solder or connect the wire back on after a continuity check.....


    Oops I just seen Wildman beat me to it...... having a bad day here..... Grrrrrr..... LOL
     
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    Wildman, I tried that with my ex husband but it still didn't work:Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Seriously, Barry, I have asked a neighbour of mine to see if he can find one as he often comes across all kinds of electrical caravan bits and pieces where he works. I guess I might be a bit late to catch you but if he does I will hang onto it just in case.

    Joy
     
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    hi, you could try a nokia car charger,look the same size
    as i got cost £5:thumb:
     
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    The fault is probably nearer the 12v cigar end - if you cut that off, and pop a 12v fused plug, you should be good to go!

    If not, I am sure I have plenty of that type of wire laying around with TV connector on the end - in fact, I know I have in the shed!

    Is it a caravan tv then? No stabiliser needed outside the set?
     
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    Cheers for that

    ITs a flip top DVD / TV player 10". I got it on Ebay from Honk Kong nearly 9 years ago before they were even available in the UK.

    No make or model but its worked perfectly for years. I think it must be stabilised as I dont think there are any electronics in the cable. It even has its own 2 hr battery a bit like a laptop.

    Ill take the lead into Maplins tomorrow and see what they say. Not sure I fancy chopping up the lead though.

    Thanks
    Barry
     
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