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Wondering what cable to look for to get a portable speaker going


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#1 TeknoSquirrel

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Posted 26 August 2016 - 08:44 PM

I bought a cheap portable speaker at a garage sale, intending to use it for an iPod.

The input says "DC 6v" and has a "- c +" image (positive polarity)

 

Imgur link to a photo of it: http://imgur.com/TvMBIvY

 

I am asking what sort of cable I'll need to plug it in to a standard headphone jack and what to look for.

Any help is appreciated!  :grinner:

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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 26 August 2016 - 09:00 PM

I think the speaker needs a 6v power source before it will even play and I am not sure of the plug size and polarity of the ones listed on Ebay.  I don't see a headphone jack for it though. Is it located elsewhere on the speaker? Is there any model number on the device?



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Posted 26 August 2016 - 09:05 PM

I am the stupidest person on the planet xD

I removed the stand and it revealed a cord that was wrapped around it..

http://imgur.com/a/RMrFd



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Posted 26 August 2016 - 09:13 PM

Thanks for the update. Did the power brick come with the speaker. Looks nice.



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Posted 26 August 2016 - 09:56 PM

Thanks for the update. Did the power brick come with the speaker. Looks nice.

It's just one thing, folds into a cuboid shape

It was being sold for $2 but I got a bunch of stuff for free because of family members buying more expensive stuff



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Posted 26 August 2016 - 10:08 PM

Not playing any music and the light doesn't turn on, I guess it will need to be plugged in as I cant find any other power source



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Posted 27 August 2016 - 07:09 AM

Yes, you need to find a power adapter with the correct plug, voltage, and polarity for the speaker. I linked to some adapter in Ebay but I don't know if they would fit or have the correct polarity. There may be a local shop that would have one.



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Posted 27 August 2016 - 07:43 PM

Yes, you need to find a power adapter with the correct plug, voltage, and polarity for the speaker. I linked to some adapter in Ebay but I don't know if they would fit or have the correct polarity. There may be a local shop that would have one.

So would something like this https://itp.nyu.edu/physcomp/wp-content/uploads/power_supply_polarity_011.jpg plug into a wall and the speaker (If it's positive polarity)?



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Posted 27 August 2016 - 07:45 PM

I'll see what I can do asking around irl so I don't have to trust images



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Posted 27 August 2016 - 08:14 PM

Yeah, it's best to look at a physical adapter. Make sure the voltage and polarity matches. I would not get anything less than 2 amps. The speaker will only draw what it needs. You don't want an adapter that puts out 6volts but only 500 milliamps and find out it doesn't power the speaker. There was no sticker on the speaker with a model number?



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Posted 27 August 2016 - 10:20 PM

Is there a model number/serial number/etc on the unit? Looks like the one listed here, and is branded depending on who buys it.Haven't been able to figure out who original manufacture is. 

 

Have you checked the batteries? The back panel should come off and take 4 AAA batteries. The AC adapter is to run it on power without batteries, but that defeats the point of being portable IMO. 



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Posted 27 August 2016 - 11:44 PM

I can't find any way to remove the back panel, the brand on the slide out stand is "Melaleuca; the wellness company" :P


Edited by TeknoSquirrel, 27 August 2016 - 11:45 PM.


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Posted 28 August 2016 - 08:52 AM

I think you would need something like a plastic pick to carefully pry the back panel off.

 

Like what is used for a phone

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/8-In1-Kit-Repair-Opening-Pry-Screwdriver-Tool-Set-For-iPhone-6S-6-Plus-5-5S-4S-4-/380946167767



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Posted 31 August 2016 - 07:11 PM

Looks like the one listed here,


Or like this one:

https://www.amazon.com/Portable-Folding-Stereo-Speaker-Generation/dp/B0047A45K0/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1472688430&sr=8-12&keywords=folding+portable+speaker

Or any number of seemingly identical options on Amazon.

It looks like it originally came with a USB to power cable.

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Posted 01 September 2016 - 12:31 AM

Mine doesn't have the dock, and I would say it plugs into a power outlet via DC adapter but I haven't dissected it to see if I can cram batteries in somewhere.






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