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El Wire

Can I hook up EL Wire directly to the EZ-B or do I need to use the inverter provided with the EL Wire and just power it from the EZ-B?

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#1  
You wont be able to directly power the EL wire as they operate at a much higher voltage. I dont know if it is a high current draw item. If so, its recommended you dont power it on same batteries so as to prevent brown-outs of the board.
#2  
The EL Wire I have has an inverter and is powered via usb from a laptop. I thought I would just cut the usb cable and hook up a connector to add it to a DO port on the EZ-B. Will this not work (ie. brown out the board)?
#3  
That would depend on the current draw of the inverter. Im going to hand this one to anyone how might know for sure because Im just guessing. The only thing I know for sure is that you will need the inverter.
#5  
Use a inverter powered by a seperate batt, have ezb trip a relay to provide power to your balast for the el wire. Imo i recommend led strips or just single leds close together , super low current draw , low heat,, ive always hated when el wire goes bad because usually its glued into place and the whole piece has to be pulled off for replacement.
#6  
Hi, I don't know what else you have connected to your EZ-B but it will run the USB powered El Wire easily....just like you mentioned , cut the usb plug off and connect it to the EZ-B , the usb from your computer or laptop only outputs about 2.5ma if your lucky, that's peanut power.
#8  
Here is a product you could use if you wanted to control up to 8 segments of wire on one inverter. It also can be powered by your USB.
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