Receiving Wall Warts

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What it is

"Wall warts" are what we call the small power supplies that power printers, speakers, scanners and other electronic devices that require separate power sources, but don't have a built-in cord.

How to identify it

The basic types of wall warts we deal with:

  • Printer Power Supplies
    • Will generally be rectangular and bear known printer brand names. These are also known as "bricks", because of the shape. Unless you are recycling the printer in Receiving, save any printer power supply that is plugged into the back of a printer.
  • Speaker Power Supplies
    • These are generally small, square, black or beige, and bear known speaker brand names. We save anything that says Altec Lansing, Bose, Boston Acoustics, Creative, GE, Harmon Kardon, JBL, Kensington, Labtec, Logitech, Maxell, NEC, Panasonic, Philips, Sony, TDK, ViewSonic, or Yamaha. There are other brands, but these are the big ones. We see more Altec Lansing, Creative, Harmon Kardon, Logitech, and Boston brand speakers than anything else.
  • Laptop Power Supplies
    • These will also be rectangular, generally black, and will bear the names of known laptop manufacturers. Common brands you'll see around will be Compaq, Dell, Gateway, HP, IBM, Sony and Toshiba.
  • Networking Hardware Power Supplies
    • Check the wipeboard for up-to-date needs on networking power supplies (or ask Bill, network testing's lone volunteer!)

DO NOT CLIP LAPTOP POWER SUPPLIES; if you think it MIGHT be a laptop power supply DO NOT CLIP IT.

Special notes

  1. Do not remove power supplies that come in with speakers; bag up both speakers and power supply and send them over to Speaker Testing.
  2. Printer power supplies stay with their printer or can be placed in the Printerland Bin
  3. Laptop power supplies stay with their laptop or can be placed in the Black Hole Bin.