charger for powerbook 190cs

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by iameatingjam1, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. iameatingjam1 macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2013
    Just bought one of these off ebay. Just found out now the charger is not correct...


    it says 15V 6A

    I don't know what voltage it is supposed to be but all the replacement ones I found are 24V. I don't know much about the matter but that seems like a pretty huge difference.

    The seller tells me it will be fine but I'm seriously doubting that.

    Will it be fine?
  2. tdiaz macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2006
    The OEM unit is 24V, this is 15V. It -might- work if internally, it's working off 12V, and Apple went with the 24V at 2A, to convert that to 12V with more amperage.

    Though that's kind of sleazy to sell something that -might- work, just because the tolerances are wide on the intended device to be powered.
  3. iameatingjam1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2013
    Unfortunately none of those cheap chargers on amazon will ship to Canada, I already tried to order. From what I've found I'll be looking at closer to $50 after all is said and done.

    I guess I'll take the risk for now if theres a good chance it'll work. Thanks
  4. tdiaz macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2006
    I don't understand why many vendors have conniptions over it. It can all be done electronically, and for small enough stuff, it's just tick boxes and if you're one of those that ships enough, you probably have some software that does it. I few inches extra of tape, and a few extra seconds "labeling".
  5. AmestrisXServe macrumors 6502

    Feb 6, 2014
    I'm rather certain that 15VDC won't suffice here, as that is more than a 15% tolerance differential. You can build a transformer using a bridge rectifier and a pair of caps, or you can buy a 24VDC power supply, and transfer the power-out cable from one that is compatible with the 190/5300 series to that.

    You can also buy 'Universal' adapters, that use a toggle switch, or jumper settings to select the output voltage. 24VDC is on the high end of the spectrum, so the selection of inexpensive adapters diminishes, but a fair number exist.

    I don;t recall what tip you need for the 190/5300, but I seem to recall it being one of the large types, similar to the Duo and 1400.

    I somehow expect that you paid between £5 and £8 (approximately US$8 to US$12) for this unit, and that the seller has no idea what a Powerbook 190/190c/190cs is, much less its power requirements.
  6. iameatingjam1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2013
    yeah.... I spend A LOT more than that. Kinda regret it now... I don't think I'm going to put any more money into it, just use it and if it dies then it dies. Thanks though.

    The seller types in all caps and uses zero grammar, I guess I could haven't taken that as a hint. Oh well.
  7. tdiaz macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2006
    If you got that off eBay, file a complaint. That the item is incorrect, and the seller lied.

    Use that "eBay sides with the buyer" bias to your advantage.
  8. AmestrisXServe macrumors 6502

    Feb 6, 2014
    I'm afraid you were cheated mate. That's a cheap, Chinese power supply.

    I don't know what 'a lot more' means here, but you could probably buy a genuine power supply for the 190/5300 for around £20.

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