The Honeywell 1361 is an AC transformer with an output voltage of 16.5VAC and a power rating of 40VA. The 1361 transformer is a step down converter that takes the 110VAC voltage from your standard wall outlet and converts it into the 16.5VAC voltage used by most Honeywell alarm control panels and some AlarmNet alarm monitoring communicators.
The 1361 AC transformer is included with the VISTA-21iP internet alarm control panel and the VISTA-128BPT and VISTA-250BPT commercial alarm control panels. The transformer is also included with the AlarmNet GSMV cellular alarm communicator and the iGSMV dual path alarm communicator. The Honeywell 1361 has (2) screw terminals on the back side of the transformer. After purchasing the 1361 AC transformer, you will need to purchase alarm wire separately as it does not come with the wire needed to connect the transformer to whichever device it will be powering. We recommend using (2) conductor #22 gauge alarm wire for most installations. You can use #22 gauge as long as the wired connection between the transformer and the device being powered is less than 25’. For connections between 25’ and 50’, you should use #20 gauge wire. For connections 50-100’, you should use #18 gauge wire and if you have a wired connection that is 100-250’, you should use #16 gauge wire. Higher gauged wire is thinner than lower gauges. Longer wired connections require thicker wire. You can normally locate your alarm control panel or AlarmNet alarm communicator within 25’ of an outlet and that is why #22 gauge wire is recommended.
It is very important that you do not plug the Honeywell 1361 transformer into a wall outlet until after it has been wired to its device. If you do plug the transformer in before wiring it to its device, you can easily blow the fuse within the transformer and you may even damage your alarm control panel or your alarm communicator. Once a transformers fuse is blown it cannot be replaced or fixed. Alarm Grid does not offer refunds or exchanges on transformers so you will need to purchase a new 1361 if you accidentally damage yours by wiring it incorrectly. As long as you always make your wire connections with the 1361 transformer unplugged, you should not have an issue with blown fuses.
The Honeywell 1361 is unique because it can be used to power a VISTA-10P, VISTA-15P or VISTA-20P alarm control panel along with an AlarmNet GSMV or iGSMV alarm monitoring communicator. Normally, you would need a transformer for your control panel and a separate transformer for your alarm communicator. Depending on your installation location, you may only have one available plug to plug-in the transformers. Therefore, using the shared installation will prevent you from having to run a long wire connection to another outlet.
When using a single 1361 AC transformer to power an alarm control panel and an AlarmNet alarm communicator, you should first wire the transformer to the AC terminals of the control panel. Next, use a separate (2) conductor wire to connect the power terminals of the AlarmNet alarm communicator to the same AC terminals on the control panel. When completed, you will have a set of wires coming from the communicator and a set of wires coming from the transformer. There will be (2) red conductors under one AC terminal and (2) black conductors under the other AC terminal on the alarm control panel. You can then plug the transformer into your 110VAC unswitched wall outlet to power up both devices.