Tips to Plug a Portable DVD into an AC Adapter


Portable DVD players are great for viewing your movie collection at home or on the go. Whether you use it in your bedroom or in the car to keep the kids entertained, they are handy and inexpensive devices. While many portable DVD players easily plug into the wall or use batteries, some use more complicated AC adapters. Also, it can be tricky to plug them into a car's cigarette lighter.

At Home

  • While using your DVD player at home, plug it in with its supplied AC adapter. The smaller, rounded end plugs into the player, while the larger end plugs directly into any wall outlet. Remember, your portable DVD player operates at a certain power and voltage level, so not all AC adapters will work with your player. Always use the factory-supplied AC adapter when possible. If it is lost or broken, you'll need to get a replacement.

In the Car

  • Using a portable DVD player in your car is a bit more complicated. While some players may come with a car adapter that plugs directly into the cigarette lighter, most do not. In this case, you'll need a power inverter, available at most electronic stores. These connect to the cigarette lighter and provide a standard wall-outlet plug that will power most electronic devices. The AC adapter of your DVD player plugs directly into this outlet. You can use it for other devices, such as phone chargers and laptop computers, too.

Replacing the AC Adapter

  • If you need to buy a new AC adapter, make sure it is rated to supply the proper amount of power to your portable DVD player. Using an adapter with an incorrect power rating may cause damage to your player. The power consumption number of the player is usually printed next to its AC adapter jack. If you cannot find this number, look in the instruction manual at its power specifications. Many commercially available AC adapters are adjustable to many different power standards. These versatile adapters also have removable plug adapters that fit a variety of other electronic devices.

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