I doubt that would get you enough current do run anything. You might be able to run the cRio and digital sidecar, but certainly not any motors. The CIMS (on the robot) are wired to 40 amp breakers, I doubt that even puts out 1 or 2 amps.
By “not friendly” you mean they are only going to work for a specific setup? If so, what is it looking for? I’ve moved on to the idea of using a laptop 12 volt power supply instead as it would probably be closer to the correct voltage and provide enough current. If I knew what they are looking for I can try a different power supply that is more appropriate easily.
If you just want to program things and not make anything move, any clean 12V >30W power supply will do. The original part linked is likely to put out incredibly dirty power, I would not try it. The power supply module linked will likely work nicely.
Be sure not to use the battery charger as a make shift power adapter - they can interact poorly.
For a full robot on the ground? Somewhere in the range of 2-6kW.
For testing subsystems while up on blocks? 1kW might do it.
Actually, a CIM can easily draw 100-130 Amps at stall depending on wiring. When a breaker has a 40 Amp rating, it means that it can sustain 40 Amps indefinitely.
EDIT to add:
Regenerative breaking can play havoc with some power supplies. Where a battery would simply accept the regenerated charge, some power supplies will go high-impedence to protect themself. The voltage can spike and destroy the supply or the robot electronics.
For just powering the electronics, a small 12 volt power supply will work. I imagine you could dig one out of an old computer.
To survive a regional you are going to need lots of batteries and an extra charger. So buying that now would be a good idea. If you are not running motors or running them lightly loaded, the robot battery lasts a long time.
I second the computer power supply. Ask your school’s tech department if you can get a power supply out of a dead computer. Those can easily put out a huge amount of clean current (I currently use one to drive the stereo in my school’s NOC).
A word of warning though, those can put out dangerous amounts of current, make sure you know what you’re doing when working with it.
I’ve used a car battery charger to power a minimal control system (digital sidecar, cRIO, camera, single motor) through a power distribution board. I’m guessing this power isn’t much cleaner than that from the car adapter. Does the dirty power permanently damage parts or is it simply unreliable?
I have also used a PC power supply to power the newer cRIO directly (accepts as few as 9 volts) but have not attempted to power anything through the PDB.
I recently measured our control board at .9A drawn during motor idle period. Aboard are the usual suspects and 6 jaguars. To this you would have to add the motor currents as noted above. Connecting some other source of 12vDC could be done, but as you can tell from the comments, this designation covers a lot of supply waveforms and reactions by the supply.
The other thing you should consider is getting some additional energy supply gear for your team. Perhaps you already have it, and were only talking about powering the board during a home-based session. We’ve done this too. You have to be very careful not to discharge the legal batteries too deeply. They can be damaged by it. Be sure to search CD for more discussion of battery and electrical practices.