[time-nuts] Anderson PowerPole (was Charles Wenzel GPSDO)

Magnus Danielson magnus at rubidium.dyndns.org
Thu Jun 22 10:36:05 EDT 2017


The Powerkon variant, which does not mate with Speakon, is what is good 
for AC, and found use in the medicine world, as it does not 
self-disconnect like IEC-outlets tend to do (yeah, I know about securing 
them and I've seen it missused many times but I made sure we have such 
securing on our products).

Speakon for power would however be useful for DC.

It used to be that speakers where connected using the XLR range of 
connectors (not only the 3 pin XLR connector, but larger sized 
variants). Those connectors can handle power and current nicely too, but 
there can be better choices and that's where the Speakon comes in for 
the speaker-feed, which got much handier.

Magnus - former PA-system engineer

On 06/22/2017 02:40 PM, Mike Seguin wrote:
> For anything critical, I use these connector from the professional sound
> industry.
> http://www.neutrik.com/en/speakon/
> Mike
> On 6/22/2017 8:29 AM, Clint Jay wrote:
>> It is possible to get hold of locking barrel connectors, they insert as
>> normal and a quarter twist fastens them in place. The plugs and
>> sockets are
>> compatible with non locking equivalents too.
>> Of course they're not great for applications that need a decent amount of
>> current and other disadvantages as noted elsewhere.
>> On 22 Jun 2017 1:11 pm, "Attila Kinali" <attila at kinali.ch> wrote:
>>> Moin,
>>> On Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:20:27 -0500
>>> Clay Autery <cautery at montac.com> wrote:
>>>> TVB for the win!  <big smile>
>>>> Can we please let it go here?
>>>> Do we REALLY need to have the same PPcon discussion yet again?
>>> Actually, I read it with interest. I am designing quite a bit of
>>> electronics. A lot of it is single use, then "throw-away" these
>>> days so long running times are not that much of an issue.
>>> But selecting the right power connector is always a problem
>>> I face. I often choose the 5.5x2.5mm barrel plugs, as they are
>>> quite common on power supplies, but they are kind of suboptimal
>>> when it comes to retentiony The Kycon 4-pole plug is slightly
>>> better, but every and each power supply has a different pinout,
>>> which means that I either need to design it for a specific power
>>> supply or add 8 diodes to get the polarity right.
>>> I pondered a couple of times to use Molex Micro-fit connectors,
>>> as they are cheap, locking and available in almost any number of
>>> poles. The current and voltage rating hare high enough for almost
>>> all needs (but not enough for 240V mains, even if it's rated 300V!).
>>> And incidentally the crimping tool doesn't cost an arm and a leg.
>>> But it's not really a connector one wants to use to power a device
>>> in a proper housing.
>>> Reading on what other people are using and what advantages/disadvantages
>>> the different power plugs have is quite interesting for me.
>>> So, please keep it comming!
>>>                          Attila Kinali
>>> --
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