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Justin Cymbal

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Hey everyone, happy new year!

I have a question regarding the power cord on the Apple TV

I have a third generation Apple TV with the power cord that came with it and I have a fourth or fifth generation Apple TV(can't tell which one it is) without a power cord.

Is it safe to use the third generation Apple TV power cord with my newer model Apple TV?

Thanks! :)
 

AZhappyjack

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Hey everyone, happy new year!

I have a question regarding the power cord on the Apple TV

I have a third generation Apple TV with the power cord that came with it and I have a fourth or fifth generation Apple TV(can't tell which one it is) without a power cord.

Is it safe to use the third generation Apple TV power cord with my newer model Apple TV?

Thanks! :)

Yes... no difference in the power cable between any of the AppleTVs (can also be interchanged with power cables for Apple routers and Mac mini).
 

Juicy Box

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Is it safe to use the third generation Apple TV power cord with my newer model Apple TV?
Assuming you are in the US, yes. If outside US, most likely yes as well.


I have a fourth or fifth generation Apple TV(can't tell which one it is)
The ATV4 (4th Gen) has an USB port on the back. The ATV4K (5th Gen) does not have an USB port on the back.
 
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BJMRamage

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It is a standard, unpolarized IEC320 C7 power cable. My television used the same cable so I bought a splitter so I could use a single cable to the outlet.


Has this power splitter held up fine?
Worried about the power throughput for both devices working at the same time (TV and AppleTV)

Thanks
 

Juicy Box

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Worried about the power throughput for both devices working at the same time (TV and AppleTV)

The ATV uses just a (relatively) tiny amount of power and I doubt that it would be enough to cause problems unless the TV was close to the 10A rating of the cable.

The ATV4K has a max output of 6 watts or .05A if using 120VAC.
 
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BJMRamage

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^ ^^

Thank you. I am having 4K or Dolby Atmos or Dolby Vision issues with my setup (VIzio TV, Apple TV, and Vizio Soundbar) and wondering about getting new cables (shorter) and then mounting the ATV behind the TV and using apower splitter.
 
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