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I have here a PowerFilm 10 Watt F15-600 Solar Panel, and attached to the panel is this connector:

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The male end attached to the panel has a little green rubber gasket on it and the female end goes to a 12V female "port" into which you can put a 12V male cigarette adapter.

Notice how there is a gap in the right-side of the male plug and how there is a corresponding slot in the female one so that the polarity won't be reversed. Also, the clip won't attach if it was reversed.

I am just wondering if there's a place I could get more of these female ends so I can make more water-resistant attachments to the solar panel. The socket is a pretty good design, but I wonder if it is a proprietary design.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Unfortunately I think you're out of luck. If you have access to a 3D printer you may be able to model and print a copy. \$\endgroup\$ – nanogru Apr 20 '14 at 3:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ That looks like some of the connectors you see on modern cars. \$\endgroup\$ – Connor Wolf Apr 20 '14 at 3:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ That would be a fun project but there seems to be a low return on investment. The other side of the female end has a folding snappy sleeve thing and also has rubber bits where the cables go in. I can't actually figure out how to take it apart properly. \$\endgroup\$ – Steven Lu Apr 20 '14 at 3:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ConnorWolf Can you recall where you found some of those? Just the stuff found on various electrical wiring on various vehicles, I presume. "proprietary design" sounds like a good bet, and I'd have to get quite lucky to find suitable replacement parts, I guess. \$\endgroup\$ – Steven Lu Apr 20 '14 at 3:54
  • \$\begingroup\$ Looks like @NickAlexeev found them in his answer. I think I saw them somewhere like r/justrolledintotheshop. Not a particularly linkable resource. \$\endgroup\$ – Connor Wolf Apr 20 '14 at 4:30
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This looks like a connector from Weather Pack family.

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These connectors are often used in American cars and motorcycles. So, they are fairly common in the US. For instance, an auto parts store near my house carries them.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ The only way to adequately express my gratitude at this point is with a healthy smattering of expletives. It is quite easy to find these connectors on e.g. eBay now that we know what to search for. \$\endgroup\$ – Steven Lu Apr 20 '14 at 5:27
  • \$\begingroup\$ @StevenLu Folks here on EE.SE were able to identify a lot more obscure connectors than yours. When it comes to connectorology, EE.SE has got some brain trust. \$\endgroup\$ – Nick Alexeev Apr 22 '14 at 18:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yup! I knew i picked the right place to ask the question \$\endgroup\$ – Steven Lu Apr 22 '14 at 23:57

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