Introduction: Power Adaptor

Picture of Power Adaptor

I use an old computer power supply to make a lab power adaptor. This power adaptor have fixed and variable voltage. A 5 Volt fix voltage and optional 3.3, 12 and -5 volt with high current outputs and short circuit protection.

Part list:

  • Crocodile clips
  • Binding posts (terminals)
  • Galvanised plate
  • Conectors
  • Wire connector
  • LED
  • 1K resistor
  • Switch
  • Spongebob assistant (optional)

Step 1: Panel

Picture of Panel

make your favorite panel, I use galvanised plate and yellow paper. Design and draw panel with computer software and print on paper and paste on galvanised plate. Then drill holes for terminal, LED and switch.

Step 2: Binding Posts

Picture of Binding Posts

  • Screw the binding posts into their corresponding holes
  • Attach the nut on the back as shown on pictures

Step 3: Switch and LED

Picture of Switch and LED

Mount switch and LED on the panel.

Use 1K ohm resistor and solder to LED and notice the polarities.

Connect and solder black and green wire to the switch

Step 4: Power Supply

Picture of Power Supply

  • Open up the power supply unit
  • Seperate red, orange, green, white, yellow and 3 black wire
  • Cut other wires
  • Make sure wire not connected together

Wire Colors:

  • Red: 5V
  • Yellow: 12V
  • Orange: 3.3V
  • White: -5V
  • Green: Power on
  • Black: GND

The color of wires may be different, see this link or use a voltmeter.

Step 5: Connecting Wires

Picture of Connecting Wires

Solder orange, yellow, black and white wire and connect to binding posts as shown

Step 6: Crocodile Clips

Picture of Crocodile Clips

  • Use Crocodile clips for fixed 5v
  • Connect crocodile wires to red and black
  • Use wire tape

Step 7: Hot Glue

Picture of Hot Glue

Use hot glue to fix LED, switch and wire

Step 8: Wire for Others Voltage

Picture of Wire for Others Voltage

This link is a greatEncyclopedia of ATX to Bench Power Supply Conversion, thanks to russ_hensel


Lockheed95 (author)2016-01-05

what wires connect to the led and how?

thunder_ir (author)Lockheed952016-01-06

Like this:

Lockheed95 (author)thunder_ir2016-01-06

Thanks. I was kinda confused bc I saw a brown wire in one of your pictures connected to the LED and was thinking where it came from.

poiihy (author)2015-06-01

LOL the spongebob assistant is very funny. Nice that you have some humor in your instructable.

thunder_ir (author)poiihy2015-06-01

Thanks alot dear friend

samuel123abc (author)2015-05-30

Good job, this is a great instructable. Thanks!

thunder_ir (author)samuel123abc2015-05-30

thank you dear friend

russ_hensel (author)2015-05-26

Just a note to let you know I have added this instructable to the collection:

Encyclopedia of ATX to Bench Power Supply Conversion


Take a look at about 70 different approaches to this project. This topic is one of the most

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thunder_ir (author)russ_hensel2015-05-26

thanks for attention

it is great and useful

I add to my post

tomatoskins (author)2015-05-26

I love how Sponge Bob always seems to help you out!

thunder_ir (author)tomatoskins2015-05-26

;) yes, he is genius

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