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Old 03-22-2012, 11:57 PM   #1
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How do I power a Clippard Mouse solenoid?


I have a regulator and now I need to work on the solenoid. I found the Clippard Mouse solenoid online, but I do not understand how to provide power to it. Can someone enlighten me?
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Any DC transformer that will put out the voltage that is within the range of the solenoid you wish to buy. Like a wall charger for your phone will work usually.
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So, I can take an old cell phone charger, cut off the end, and attach it to the solenoid?
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As long as it supplies the right voltage, yes.
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Another thing to note: The solenoids aren't polar, so don't worry about crossing wires, just put one wire on one lead, the other on the other, and voila!
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The thing with any wallwart/power adapter is that if it says 12v 900ma on it, that means it puts out 12v@900ma. If your device only draws 400ma, it may put out 14v or 15v. Some can even put out as high as 18 or 19v.
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I don't know exactly which one you were looking at but the EVP Proportional valve comes in several voltage ranges. There is a 5 volt one that draws 1.9 watts at 5 volts. That's about 380 mA. You would need a power supply of 5 volts, and at least 400mA. Most phone chargers don't put out that much current.

There are versions that can run on 0 to 20 volts so you could find a suitable power pack and then buy the appropriate valve.
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The thing with any wallwart/power adapter is that if it says 12v 900ma on it, that means it puts out 12v@900ma. If your device only draws 400ma, it may put out 14v or 15v. Some can even put out as high as 18 or 19v.
A 12V DC output adapter is 12V, the solenoid only use(pass through) the partial(56 ma) of max current.
So any 12V DC adapter with max current no less than 56ma works.
Anyway, it is 0.67watts power consumption on Mouse solenoid.
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