EL inverters allow you to drive EL (electroluminescent) wires. This particular EL inverter accepts a 12 VDC wall adapter. The output is terminated with a JST PH connector, so it plugs directly into the input on the EL Escudo or EL Sequencer board. You can drive EL wires with them directly, but you may need to re-terminate them. There is also a small switch on the side which allows you to switch between ‘on’, ‘off’, and ‘blink’ settings.
Note: These should be good to drive 10-15m worth of EL wire.
(The video states they are 6 foot in length, but they are actually 10 feet in length)
If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Noob - You don't need to reference a datasheet, but you will need to know basic power requirements.
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Nicely built, however the unit is not encased in hard epoxy so there is a loud high pitch wine when it is powered. This is caused by the transformer winding’s vibrating with the high frequency. It can be greatly reduced by encasement.
Seems to work fine so far. The lights had the same connector so we had to cut them out and hand wire the cables. You’d think the two would know about each other’s connectors.
Opened up the houseing and tied in the components into another board to control pretty easily
I have an el-wire sign that I put out at Christmas. The previous year I only had battery packs to power the wires, and I had to change the batteries every other night. Talked with the folks at sparkfun about switching to 12v and they set me up with exactly what I needed. 1 minute spent to convert my system and now the sign stays bright 24/7 without any maintenance!