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Old 10-24-2008, 08:52 AM   #1
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Source for the Coax connectors on Gerbing heated gear

Anyone got a source for the coax (coaxial) plugs or know the dimensions that are used on Gerbing's heated gear? I tried my local radio shack, but they couldn't seem to match it up correctly and told me they didn't have them?

Maybe if I have the dimensions, I could do my own searching or find the right part number? Is that inside pin 2.1mm or maybe 2.5mm? How about the outside dimension? polarity?

I'd like to build my own controller using the coax plugs.

Thanks,

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Old 10-24-2008, 11:34 AM   #2
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I've got the Warm-n-Safe jacket with coax plugs which are likely the same, and they are 5.x mm OD and 2.5mm ID. Polarity doesn't matter to the jacket, but I used outside as ground so it won't matter if the jack touches the frame.

Radioshack does have the correct size, but they can't handle the current. I melted one of their bulkhead jacks.

I would buy some of the gerbings accessory/extension cords and cut them up.
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Old 10-24-2008, 12:14 PM   #3
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Newark has 'em. I've bought them from Newark to build DC power distribution cables for guitar effects boxes. Newark ships small quantities, and ships fast.

Here's a really ugly link, and I hope it works....

http://www.newark.com/jsp/search/bro...equestid=34182

If it doesn't, on Newark's home page, choose "Connectors" under "Product Categories" on the left, then choose "Power Entry."

Now you're presented with fields to refine the search [bear in mind, Newark's catalog is over 2,300 pages...]

In the "Gender" field, choose "Plug," and in the "Manufacturer" field, choose "Switchcraft."

Then click "Apply."

As you scroll down the page, you should see a number of different "Barrel Power Connectors."

You *DO* need to know the precise dimensions of the pin and sleeve to get the right one. All the specs are listed for each part.

Good luck!

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Old 10-24-2008, 12:22 PM   #4
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Here's Switchcraft's page with all the specs, but they're noted in inches...

That should help you get the right part number.

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Old 10-24-2008, 02:14 PM   #5
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Buccleuch, thanks for that info. That should get me going in the correct direction!
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Old 11-02-2008, 05:07 PM   #6
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while we're here does anyone know if the tourmaster stuff uses the same connector as gerbings and warm n safe?

also, anyone know where to get these in panel mount? Mine are currently just dangling and ziptied and I would love some panel mounts, the ones from radioshack look cheaply made and I can see it melting.
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Old 11-02-2008, 09:01 PM   #7
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while we're here does anyone know if the tourmaster stuff uses the same connector as gerbings and warm n safe?

also, anyone know where to get these in panel mount? Mine are currently just dangling and ziptied and I would love some panel mounts, the ones from radioshack look cheaply made and I can see it melting.
Think Warm n Safe is making the Tourmaster heated stuff,so all connectors should be the same.

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Old 11-03-2008, 10:36 PM   #8
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anyone know where to get these in panel mount? Mine are currently just dangling and ziptied and I would love some panel mounts, the ones from radioshack look cheaply made and I can see it melting.
Perhaps these?

http://www.aerostich.com/catalog/US/...t-p-18924.html
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:19 AM   #9
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Thanks for the links guys.

I found that a simple 12" coax extension cable is only about $5 which has both the male and female end on it, so you just have to splice it and add it in. Not the cleanest look, but it works and $5 for 2 connectors isn't bad.
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Old 11-05-2008, 11:11 PM   #10
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also, anyone know where to get these in panel mount? Mine are currently just dangling and ziptied and I would love some panel mounts, the ones from radioshack look cheaply made and I can see it melting.

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Old 11-06-2008, 06:05 AM   #11
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Hycha, I just stopped by Cycle Gadgets in Eureka Springs, AR and bought the coax to SAE connector made for Gerbings to use on my Synergy. The jacket end of the connector is the same for both Gerbing and Synergy. BUT, the woman at CG said Gerbing has stopped selling that connector because "people were using them for other brands". I got one of the two she had. Seems strange to me that Gerbing would take that tact, who cares what an item they sell is used for as long as it counts as a sale?
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Old 11-06-2008, 07:44 AM   #12
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also, anyone know where to get these in panel mount? Mine are currently just dangling and ziptied and I would love some panel mounts, the ones from radioshack look cheaply made and I can see it melting.

Newark sells those, too. You can even find the one which have a threaded locking ring to secure the connection.

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Old 11-06-2008, 07:59 AM   #13
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Think Warm n Safe is making the Tourmaster heated stuff,so all connectors should be the same.
I'm pretty sure Tourmaster is Tourmaster; warm-n-safe is a competitor. Though I don't know for sure.

I have a Tourmaster synergy jacket and the coax connector is the very same thing Gerbings uses. Gerbings gloves work seamlessly with Synergy jacket, Synergy jacket works seamlessly with coax battery connector dongle for Gerbings.
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Old 12-01-2010, 07:08 AM   #14
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I want to bring this topic up because the links above don't work. So the same question: need a source (or dimensions) for Gerbings style coaxial connectors.
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Old 12-01-2010, 08:50 AM   #15
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Just an FYI, I had to repair my connectors on the jacket that connect the gloves, Gerbings didn't supply just the end so I was going to by 12" extensions (part of the failure in the first place was caused by the jacket leads not being long enough) cut them and then solder them in and cover with heat shrink. I went to buy them online and they wanted over 12 bucks just to ship them! Went to the local HD dealer (it was an expensive trip, my girlfriend ended up buying a 2011 Heritage Softail!) had the leads for less than Gerbings and no shipping.

You might consider the same solution for your controller, out of curiosity, are you using a potentiometer or a SS relay for your controller?

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