Source for the Coax connectors on Gerbing heated gear

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  1. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    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,

    Dan
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  2. Luke

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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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  3. Buccleuch

    Buccleuch Resistance is futile.

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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/browse.jsp;jsessionid=LIMLS4A2O2UWKCXDUY2W4IQ?N=1001591+112992+2674&_requestid=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!

    WA.
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  4. Buccleuch

    Buccleuch Resistance is futile.

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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.

    WA.
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  5. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    Buccleuch, thanks for that info. That should get me going in the correct direction!
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  6. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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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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  7. JR356

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    Think Warm n Safe is making the Tourmaster heated stuff,so all connectors should be the same.

    JR356
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  9. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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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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    punk_emo_tx Been here awhile

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    +1


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  11. VStromTom

    VStromTom Long timer

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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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  12. Buccleuch

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

    WA.
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  13. Moto_Muffin

    Moto_Muffin Motorcycle Muffin

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    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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  14. genka

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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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  15. Iron Rey

    Iron Rey Wingnut Extraordinaire

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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?

    Good luck!
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    I've had good luck at Radio Shack. I believe it is the "N" size that fits properly I've only ever needed the male end. I'm not certain that the female side would work.
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  18. Ron from BC

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    .....fyi, I tried to add a custom cut length to the controller pigtail and picked up a coax connector at a local electronics store. It did work but.....there is an amp rating for these connectors and the one I used was only a 6 amp and after a short ride that connector got very hot.

    Later this summer I stopped in at the Gerbings factory in Tumwater WA and tried to buy a couple of their connectors. Very polite but I didn't get any, instead I bought a 12" extension off the rack which does work and only cost 8 bux.

    So custom made is good but make sure you add up the numbers to ensure the connector will handle it.
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  19. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    yep, bought 3 actually. I actually have it hooked up to a power supply as we speak and am wearing my heated jacket right now because the idiots managing my building still haven't fixed the heat!!!
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  20. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    as for connectors I bought a bunch of double ended male connectors for custom applications. If anyone wants or needs them lemme know.

    For female connectors I use the radioshack panel mounts.
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