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# Ac adapter 3.0 V polarity

I need to know the polarity of the 3.0 v power adapter for my Vivitar Vivicam 5385. Is the centre pin positive or negative? What will happen if the polarity is wrong way round?

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• Anonymous Mar 19, 2008

I neeed to know the polarity of a DXG 4X digital zoom camera so I can purchase an ac adaptor can any one help?

I took it to a Jaycar electronics store they were unable to determine the polarity for a universal AC adaptor.

Thanks

Steve

Sydney

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Center pin is positive, and um Zap! Cheers!

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