I wonder how many of us have old modems/WiFis/Routers salted away in a dark cupboard waiting for the day when they might be needed again for something? (usually helping a charity with their IT needs)
The main annoyance is that the wall warts and even laptop PC supplies of old span a crazy range of random voltages and both polarities. And the PSU often dies or simply gets lost leaving the unit orphaned.
That isn't too much of a problem since modern switched mode supplies and fit anything connectors are easy enough to come by. The really annoying thing in recycling kit for a charity where the original PSU is lost is that in most cases neither the manual nor the unit itself states whether the power connector is positive or negative centre pin. The lost PSU of course displays which voltage, current and polarity it outputs but the unit requiring power very often does not.
Now you could take it apart, but more often just play Russian roulette and see if the LEDs light. Why can't manufacturers label the connector with (+)- or (-)+ nnV/mmA? I am fed up with just seeing "POWER".
That label tells me nothing I can't already guess from the type of connector - what I really want to know is what voltage and polarity!
Does anyone else find this annoying?