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Crossing Voltage for Fun and Profit! (just fun actually)
Okay, so I purchased this CB radio and antenna from Goodwill for like ten bucks. It's got three wires coming out the back of it that go to some kind of adapter clips (well, two of them do, the white and red wires. The black wire just keeps going) and then all three wires meet into a cigarette lighter adapter. On the back of the radio it says 13.8 V DC
I've got a standard PC power cable. The kind with the three pronged adapter that, when you cut it open, has three (usually) matching color wires. Sometimes one of them is green. I've cut these up all the time to wire them directly to CFL bulbs for lamps, and stuff like that, but that's not what this is about.
What I would like to do is cut the power cord, wire it to the three wires coming from the CB radio so that I can plug it up in the house and use it. This is a pretty simple process.
The 13.8 V DC kind of worries me though. I want to make sure the power is right between the device and the wall and it's not going to A) Instantly break my shiny new/old radio and B) Burn down my house or crash my breakers.
Is it safe to do what I'm planning to do? The end result is that I would like to have a CB radio in the house to play with from time to time. I can just buy one of those cigarette lighter to AC wall adapters from radio shack, but I thought this might save me $15 bucks.
So is it pretty simple, or am I going to burn the house down?