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Inside of the Electric Bell

Okay I'm going to need your hep on this guys: I know nothing about it at all. My grandpa gave it to me when he was "junking" last week (I was still in school so i didn't help; Monday was my last day) and save it. I don't know if this is 120V. It only has terminals for a hot and a ground so I'm confused. Any one know how to wire this and any accessories i need or that would be helpful? Thanks guys!

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TiCoune66   [Jun 21, 2012 at 02:18 AM]
I have a bell like that, chances are it's a 12V bell. Give it a try on a 12V battery. Mine runs great on 12V. It was in pretty bad shape when I found it, but I could give back the solenoid its original shape so it now works LOL.

streetlight98   [Jun 21, 2012 at 02:22 AM]
Agh that's what I was afraid of. I don't have a 12V battery. Do you know what these are for? What should it sound like, a simple "ping" or a continuous "ping, ping, ping, ..."?

joe_347V   [Jun 21, 2012 at 04:33 AM]
I have one of these, mine runs off a 6V battery and it make a ping ping ping... sound. Oh and the positive wires to the hot terminal while the negative wires to the ground terminal.

streetlight98   [Jun 21, 2012 at 03:27 PM]
Okay, I used one of those AC-DC (not the band lol) wall adapters to charge batteries to power this. I used a 12V one and it seemed to sound more like one continuous "Piiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnngg" to me rather than ping, ping ping, so I used a 6V charger instead and got the same thing. Should it sound like that? Could I wire it with a low voltage light bulb too and wire them to some sort of switch or timer?

SeanB~1   [Jun 21, 2012 at 07:53 PM]
It will work off 6-12V DC or AC, makes no difference. Connect one wire to the insulated screw, and the other to the case screw. You can move the bell around on the mount to give the best ring, and it will ring as long as power is applied.

streetlight98   [Jun 21, 2012 at 10:43 PM]
Well, I made a set-up with four D batteries (6V) and the bell only rang once. I found out after watching videos of these on you-tube that the ringing sound I heard earlier today was correct. I'll have to go back to Radio Shack and buy a AC-DC adapter that I can use for this and return the battery cartride that I bought. Confused

Tmcdllr   [Jun 21, 2012 at 10:47 PM]
This is a standard doorbell which would run off of a 16V doorbell transformer if it was wired in a house and make a continuous piiiiiiiiiiiiiing sound as it rings the bell.

streetlight98   [Jun 22, 2012 at 12:16 AM]
Don't these have multiple purposes? This worked on 6V and 12V too when I tried it with AC-DC adapters but not with 6V worth of batteries. Neutral

TiCoune66   [Jun 22, 2012 at 01:01 AM]
The thing is, even if you connect 4 AA batteries in series (which does give 6V), the batteries probably can't put out enough current. By connecting batteries in series, the voltage rises, but the maximum current stays the same! Same principle as lamps in series vs. parallel! Cool

streetlight98   [Jun 22, 2012 at 02:13 AM]
I guess the guy at Radio Shack doesn't know as much as he thinks he does. Mad Rolling Eyes My mom said she'll take me back another day to buy a AC/DC wall adapter. That would work if I strip the ends and wire it that way right? It seems I could use 6, 9, 12, or 16V, but would the bell perform differently if I used one over another i.e. faster ringing, short life, etc?

joe_347V   [Jun 22, 2012 at 03:32 AM]
Yeah, I think most Radio Shack clerks are more interesting in selling electronics now lol, a few years ago Radio Shack used to sell all kinds of electronic parts and had more knowledgeable clerks but now you'll probably have to go to a electronic supply place to get parts now.

streetlight98   [Jun 22, 2012 at 04:04 PM]
Yeah. It was an older guy too so I figured he knew his stuff. I guess i kinda like it how it is. It's like a room service button at a hospital. You press the button and the bell rings once and the little light bulb stays on until you press the button to shut it off. I think I'll still buy a 6V wall adapter that way I don't have to change the circut. I'll upload a pic of it when I get a chance.

joe_347V   [Jun 23, 2012 at 06:00 PM]
I wired mine up to a 6V D battery pack and a doorbell button.

streetlight98   [Jun 23, 2012 at 10:59 PM]
I did the same, though i didn't use a momentary switch i used a standard push button switch. Pics are coming within the half-hour. Smile

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