Thanks, everyone who answered. I think I'm going to spring for another PS
that I know is rated for the full 12 amps. Just out of curiosity, what
could conceivably happen if I ran it at 12 amps and it couldn't handle the
load? By the way, it is indeed an inexpensive, linear type...
On Thu, 1 Jul 1999, Tony Duell wrote:
I am risking the effects of that famous quote, "Better to be thought a
I have a 15V DC powersupply that has no other rating on its sticker than
180 watts. Now, with my [extremely] limited knowledge, I did the simple
math and worked out that I could safely pull 12 amps out of this
PS...am I right? Does it really work this way?
In theory, yes.
DC power = I.V. So 180W at 15V is, indeed, 12A.
However, that is taking the '180W' to be the output power of the supply.
In many cases, the 180W is the maximum power it will consume from the
mains. And as power supplies are not 100% efficient, you don't get out
all the power you put in. In fact, the efficiency might only be 50%
(particularly if it's a linear PSU), so you could only draw 6A from it.
I'd probably not take more than that from it, unless I _knew_ it was
designed to stand it.