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Rich in Las Vegas

power requirements for Hallmark Illuminations Snowflake Snowballs

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I picked up a set (3) of Hallmark Illuminations Snowflake Snowballs (2005) last Thursday at the Goodwill Outlet Store.  They were in the original box.  It says they require a Hallmark Power Box.  Unlike virtually everyone else who produces Christmas lights, there is no power requirements information on the box or light cord.  There was a set of instructions sent with the lights but it was not in the box.  Of course I know there is nothing magical about the power box except the price.  The lights are LED and RGB.  Hallmark has a replacement available but the reviews by actual purchasers rate it rather poorly.  I've tried it using 5V DC (USB) and the lights do work but I would like to know the exact output for the original power box.  Anyone here have the older Hallmark Powerbox and could measure the output? 

The eBay price on this is nuts.  They start out around $25 and most of the sellers don't include the power source. 

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