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Advice needed. Dc-Dc converter

Stephenuk

New Member
Hi. I'm building electrics in my camper van. I brought a 12v to 5v converter from Amazon to wire up a 5v unit to my 12v leisure battery. I wired it incorrectly at first by wiring it in reverse. When I wired it up currently it
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started to burn. So I have sent the item back. But I was wondering if this was a result of a faulty item or by what I did?

Thank you

Stephen
 

sagor1

Active Member
90%+ what you did. Wiring the input backwards probably blew some component inside, possible creating a short circuit. When you wired the right way, it just short circuited itself and burned something else.
 

Nigel Goodwin

Super Moderator
Most Helpful Member
90%+ what you did. Wiring the input backwards probably blew some component inside, possible creating a short circuit. When you wired the right way, it just short circuited itself and burned something else.

I would have gone for 99%+ :D

It's almost always catastrophic to connect power the wrong way.
 

Diver300

Well-Known Member
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There are lots of devices that have reverse polarity protection in them, but cheaply-made converters like that tend not to be protected.

LED car bulbs are usually protected, because they are replacing a component that would work either way round. Some will even work both ways round.

Very low power devices are often protected, as all that is needed is a diode. Higher power devices like that converter would loose a lot of power in heat if an extra diode were to be added, and other solutions are expensive, so it is the kind of device that will be damaged.
 

audioguru

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It is Chinese. They saved a 10 cents cost by not including an idiot diode.
 

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