Questions tagged [connector]

Mechanical part providing electrical contacts for a cable or electronic circuit board.

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Can a cathode tube light be run off a battery?

I have two cathode tubes I bought for my computer case back in the day. they are the standard sata connection to the PSU. My question is can I change the plug end that of a 9V battery or is this ...
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Unlimited swivel connector

I am looking for a rotating connector over which I can communicate and power devices. The connector must be able to rotate for a minumum of 1080 degrees. The scope of what I am trying to do is make ...
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reading cylindrical connector schematic

The schematic on the side of a Panasonic cassette deck is (-)-(o)-(+) where the brackets are actually a circle. Does that mean that the negative is the sleeve and the + is the tip?
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What does “MXJ” on a connector mean?

I have several tiny connectors ( about 1 mm pitch, various numbers of pins per connector ) that have the letters "MXJ" molded into them. (I wish I knew what company the are from, or even better the ...
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How is a connector with only edge contacts as in MagSafe practically possible?

I'm rather puzzled with MagSafe connector - the close-up photos of the part which is on the device show that there're no holes, only round curved plates and the contact pins on the opposite connector ...
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Connector name/where to buy [closed]

I find lately that this connector type would come in very useful for the projects I make. but I have no idea what the connector is called, could someone please point me in the direction of its name, ...
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What electrical connectors to use underwater?

I am looking at doing a project with a AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle) and need to know the best type of connectors to use. I have listed the things I need from most important to least important: ...
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Suggestion for an easy-to-use connector+cable for simple hobbyist sensor project

I'm implementing, as a hobby, a simple data logger. I previously asked a question about running a ~10m cable to the MCU for a Dallas/Maxim 1Wire sensor (and therefore 3 wires, since I'm not going to ...
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Analog connection with DVI-I cable

I bought a DVI-I male to DVI-I male (dual link) cable, and found out that there is no conductivity between the both ends of analog pins. Particularly, in the following diagram, the pins C1, C2, C3, C4,...
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Can capacitors be exposed to temperatures above the max. operating temp?

I have an NVIDIA GeForce 7300LE graphics card that's having problems (see here), and I heard about baking the card to restore old solder joints. The thing is, this involves putting the card in the ...
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Why was Mini USB deprecated in favor of Micro USB?

Mini USB connectors were standardized as part of USB 2.0 in 2000. In 2007, the USB Implemeters Forum standardized Micro USB connectors, deprecating Mini USB connectors four months later. Why? What ...
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FFC (Flat Flexible Cable) ZIF Connector Reliability

I'm wondering about the long term reliability of FFC connectors, especially in environments exposed to shock and vibration. It seems like everything with a display uses such connectors, which means ...
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Using a broken Linksys WMP54G radio

I have a Linksys WMP54G v 4.1 Wireless PCI card from an old computer I would like to use it for something but I have a problem. The end that the antenna attaches to is broken (See picture). I was ...
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Good 5-pin connector under moderate stress

I'm fixing up some electronics at my marine ecology lab. One of the gadgets we have is a portable RFID tag reader. It runs off of a PIC board, and has an antenna that attaches to it. The antenna looks ...
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Ideas to connect wires at 90deg without solder?

I'm in the process of building a 16x16x16 LED cube and am looking for a way to connect two wires at a 90 degree angle (e.g. +) without soldering them together. The ...
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Is there a set of standard symbols for connectors / wires / protocols?

I am attempting to convey via a diagram how a number of devices are to be connected. In this specific problem: A cable connects to the Queuing Controller via an RJ11 connector The other side of the ...
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Flexible flat cable AWM 20798 female connector? (16 pin/1mm pitch)

Where can I buy a female connector for a AWM ribbon flex cable 1.00 mm pitch 16 pin. Its about 17.00 mm wide. I need this for connecting this cable to a patch panel with 2.54 mm spacing.
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signal/sense connectors rated for 400-600V, a few milliamps

Anyone familiar with connectors that have large enough spacing to support the creepage/clearance requirements for 400-600V, but that don't need to carry much current (only a few milliamps at most)? ...
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Connectorless USB on a PCB

I would like to make a board which can be plugged directly into the USB port of a computer, instead of using a separate male "USB-A" connector. I have seen this system used for very small USB memory ...
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Is it safe to assume that all pins in a standard VGA cable are wired?

I am currently in the process of designing a custom arcade-style joystick console for use with emulators on my PC. My design separates each joystick console from a single keyboard-encoder "hub" such ...
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Types of (pcb) connectors

Is it easy to layout a PCB with this kind of connectors? And what's the name of the female part of this type of connection? Honestly, Im just lost in the interconnections world. What are the most ...
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What are these wires with pre-attached connectors called?

What are these connectors commonly called, and what would I search for if I wanted to buy sets of male/female pairs with a specific gauge of wire pre-attached?
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Ghetto crimping tool for FCI “Clincher” connectors?

After much experimentation and some helpful answers here I've decided that FCI "Clincher" (.pdf link) parts are the right answer for adding connectors to the ends of flexible ZJ168 RGB LED strip. The ...
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What are good ways to improve physical hardware reuse?

How can I select generically re-usable parts for the unique things I build? What are good approaches for building unique devices, so that when I no longer need them, it's relatively easy to ...
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Roomba Connector

I am getting started with robotics and would like to start with some roomba programming. I come from a programmer background so I thought that would be a good starting point and since I already owned ...
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Understanding a mechanical drawing

I'm trying to understand this mechanical drawing. (Another one. I asked a question about mechanical drawings a while back.) I can work out most of the dimensions, but the mount pads are confusing me. ...
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Connector Choice for Arduino/MIDI Bridging Interface

I'm in the early stages of planning a MIDI-mapping component that I can plug into my Alesis DM-6 drum kit so I can ultimately play it through Rock Band 3. I know there are commercial options out there,...
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Very low stacking height PCB connector

I need to stack two PCBs together, but the stacking height is extremely critical. In terms of board-to-board connectors, the best I could come up with was SAMTEC GFZ series. What other solutions can ...
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What kind of spade connector is this?

I need to replace a plug on a mains powered device. It uses a specialised connector (to make it difficult for hobbyists, I guess) so I want to replace it with a standard mains plug. Unfortunately ...
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What cable do I need to connect rows of male header pins together

I have a Jaguar motor controller that has a set of 5 inset male header pins to connect an encoder. The encoder has only loose wires coming out. What type of connector should I be buying to solder/...
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How to break out Board to FPC connector

I'm trying to (hopefully) reuse a smartphone LCD and touchscreen controller, among some other components. The first step is to break out the tiny connectors on the board. It appears to be 2 board to ...
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Freescale HCS08 Background Debug Module (BDM) connector: clarification wanted

I'm designing a device which contains a Freescale HCS08 (9S08GT32). In the datasheet I found this drawing (page 237): I can't tell from the text whether this is a view on the PCB's header or on the ...
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Where to find Sparkfun's 1.0mm pitch connectors?

I'm trying to buy these recently stocked connectors from Sparkfun from either Farnell or Digikey, but have no idea what they are called or how to find them. Also, what about the female connector that ...
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Adaptor to use old AT&T / keytronic keyboard with DB9 connector?

I have an old keyboard (circa 1998) with a male DB9, and I'd like to use it on a modern PC with a female PS/2. The keyboard is AT&T branded, Comcode #405748401, FCC ID CIG8AVE03417 Keytronic ...
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Intercepting ribbon connector

I recently obtained an electric typewriter and am trying to intercept the keyboard circuitry for an arduino project. The keyboard has a 17 pin ribbon cable that goes into a plastic connector on the ...
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What are the standard connectors used on 12V hobby batteries?

I'm looking for a right-angle PCB board mate for the standard 12V hobby battery connectors. Where can I find these connectors?
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How to assemble male USB A connector?

This one should be obvious, but I'd rather ask here then get some unexpected surprises. One of my friends fried a proprietary USB cable which has male USB A connector at one end and TRS connector at ...
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Breakout for FFC cables?

What is the best way to break out a Flat Flexible Cable (FFC)? Specifically I've got a sensor which uses the 0.5mm pitch FFC that I would like to break out onto a breadboard. As you might already know ...
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Sockets or pins, and why?

I think I've found a solution for my previous question and I'm now going to order some FCI "Clincher" connectors from a local supplier to try them out. My question is, should I terminate the ends of ...
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Where to find pre-made wires for plugging into headers? [closed]

Headers like these: http://uk.farnell.com/harwin/m20-8760342/header-smt-vertical-2x3way/dp/1517388 I'm looking for cables that connect to these, with female headers on either end. Any length more ...
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Mechanical connectors for flexible PCBs?

Does anyone have a good solution for a mechanical connector for flexible printed PCB, like those used for strips of common-cathode RGB LEDs? (You can cut the strip across any of the solder pads and ...
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How to connect USB Connector shield?

How should I route USB Connector shield on PCB? Should it be connected to GND plane right where USB is placed, or should the shield be isolated from GND, or should it be connected to ground through ...
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What is a good way to in-circuit update the program on a SyncMOS 5964?

I want something that can re-program a PQFP SyncMOS SM5964 chip already soldered to the target circuit board. I picture a ribbon cable that I plug between some sort of 2x8 or so header connector ...
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IR Connector for Sharp

I bought one of these, and forgot to get the connector. http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/categories.php?c=139 Now I need to buy a hall effect sensor and was thinking/looking at mouser, Does anyone ...
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PCB-mount connectors for thermocouples

Has anyone had good/bad experiences with particular PCB-mount thermocouples? I need to design a circuit board with a connector I can plug a standard thermocouple connector into. (and yes, I am aware ...
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2.54mm connector question

I've found it useful to have a bunch of 2.54mm headers laying around. They fit nicely into breadboards Now I'd like to use a connector to connect to them. Something like this: I'm not sure how to ...
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What type of connector to use for pressure contact?

I'm designing a robot gripper that needs to pickup an electronic device (the size of half a laptop) and move it around. The problem is that when the device gets picked up, I need to establish a USB ...
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RJ45 Female Crimp Connector

Where can I find a female RJ45 connector that can be crimped to another cable rather than being soldered to a PCB or installed in a wall or plastic enclosure? Something like this: http://www....
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Deciphering a DC jack schematic

I am trying to include a DC jack on one of my PCBs. I am just setting up the footprints now, and I am not quite sure which pin is which. What do the symbols on the drawing mean? I have included a ...
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Help with connector part numbers

I need a really small 2-pin connector, a cable connector on one side, and a surface-mount jack on the other. These two items at AllElectronics are pretty close: Small Battery Connector, 2mm spacing ...