18v dropped to 12v?

I want to limit two 9V battieries, in serial to 12v. I want to run a cold cathode off em, if the strain is too much, I'll join two parralell sets of two 9v batteries in the circuit. Anyway, how do I do it? I can't find any 12V regulators at all, and I don't know what sort of resistor I'd need, is there one that would limit it to 12V, with the standard 9V battery ampage? How could I archive this? Thanks.

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Josho (author) 8 years ago
Thanks everyone. I was searching eBay for "12v Regulator" and couldn't find anything, not even at Maplin (UK electronics store) they sell regulators, but after a search on their site, couldn't find any.
LinuxH4x0r8 years ago
Get a free sample 7805 from fairchild. I got a few of them. They will give you lots of stuff for free
7805 gives 5 volts, not 12
oops, 7812. Haven't slept much recently....
NachoMahma8 years ago
. How much current will the load be pulling?
about 500ma for a ccfl
guyfrom7up8 years ago
well, there's 2 ways of doing this: hook up a 7812 chip or use a voltage divider you need to know how much current you need for the latter
actually, 3 ways: or a zener diode!!
Sandisk1duo8 years ago
get a voltage regulator radioshack catalog number: 276-1771 it's like $1.60 a little expensive, considering i get all my tech stuff for free! your local store should have it!