Car stereos pack a lot of capabilities into a small platform. A typical car stereo will have an AM/FM tuner, a CD or cassette player and a powerful amplifier built in. Car stereos are designed to operate on 12-volt DC electrical current, so using one in your home will require the use of a power converter that converts your home's 120-volt AC power to 12-volt DC. With the right equipment, you can set up a car stereo to run on home current in only a short while.
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Things you need
- Wire strippers
- Power converter (11 to 15 volt output, 10 amp output)
Remove 1/2 inch of insulation from the black, red, and yellow wires connected to the back of the stereo, using your wire strippers.
Twist together the bare ends of the yellow and red wires.
Loosen the screw terminals marked "+" and "-" on the converter--sometimes these are marked "power" and "ground" respectively. Some terminals require a screwdriver, some can be loosened with your fingers.
Slide the bare ends of the red/yellow wires into the "+" terminal and tighten to hold the wires securely. Slide the bare end of the black wire into the "-" terminal and tighten the terminal.
Plug your converter into an AC outlet and turn it on. Turn on the car stereo to power it up.
Tips and warnings
- Be sure that the power converter you use has the correct specifications for the job. It needs to be able to accept a 110-120 volt household alternating current and output 11 to 15 volts DC at 10 amperes.
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