I need to obtain a replacement power lead for a notebook and was shocked to see prices of up to £70+ ! Does anyone know of a cheap way to replace the power lead?
I thought about second hand, is there a UK place that supplies these previously used? I also thought about these all-purpose/universal switchable power supplies used for other electronic equipment - can any of these be used?
On a more technical note... The power lead quotes: VOLTS AMPS WATTS HZ (presumably hertz)
Which of the above is the crucial factor(s) for compatible matching?
I found this info on the site Steve linked-to (thanks Steve):
"Most of our laptop ac adapters (mains chargers) are listed with a "maximum amps" rating. This means that the ac adapter will be suitable for use with a laptop requiring anything up to the "max amps" rating.
For instance a charger shown with a "max amps" rating of 5amps, will be suitable for use with a notebook requiring 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5amps, but not 6amps.
This is because the laptop will only draw as many amps as it actually requires."
I also phoned a PC shop and was informed that there are 'universal' adaptors available and matching the wattage was the main criteria.
I guess this means that Technotiger's adaptor is slightly short on the amps - but I wonder if that means the only possible problems would be damage to the adaptor but not the notebook ?
Still investigating - thanks for all help so far ;^)