Fun with a Y connector

So I got one of my friends to come over, and we played with knex. He decided to have fun with a Y connector and pretended it was a nose and lip piercing. I thought it was funny, and took pictures, then I decided to post it.

Posted by DJ Radio 8 years ago

how connector 2 transformer ? Answered

Dear all.. I have 2 transformer in 120ac and out 120ac (power20vac) I have tried connect them but not sure is good for use ???. Could you help me to know how connecter its for in 120ac and 60ac out please see photo.Thank you so much.                                                                    lam

Asked by lam 4 years ago

Looking for advice on panel mount connectors (something like banana plugs)

Not sure if Tech is the right place to post but it seems appropriate. I have been doing some breadboarding lately and in an effort to clean up my work I plan on making a box/panel with several commonly used components (potentiometers, audio jacks, DC jacks, other sockets). I would like to have some sort of quick way of connecting these components to a breadboard. I saw a post here in instructables on how to make Banana plug to breadboard pin jumpers. The only problem I have with this solution is that all of the panel mount banana plug jacks I can find are fairly pricey and somewhat bulky for what I want. Does anyone know of something like a panel mount breadboard socket? The components I will be using will have anywhere from 2-9+ wires coming from them so I would like a way to have some sort of socket or connector mounted with the component and use wires to connect to the breadboard only when the component will be used (as to avoid lots of excess, unused wires coming from my panel). A source of cheap banana plug jacks (female, panel mount) and crimp on male plugs would help as well, if I cant find another option.

Posted by jdavis-9 5 years ago

what is a y-connector (knex)? (RESOLVED) Answered

I need it for an instructable

Asked by sijmenjan 8 years ago

Need help identifying this connector? Answered

Hello I need some help identifying this connector? Also where do I go to find more.

Asked by Oracus 7 years ago

USB connector 2-in- 1

Hi, Is there anyway to charge battery through USB connector as well get output volts from the same port ? any 2-in-1 type adapter or hack available.  They should be able to work through external charger . Any time of solution would be help full. Thanks,

Posted by RichiV 3 years ago

18V drill battery connector

Hi, I want to make a connector from this 18V drill battery pack to a 5.5mm x 2.5mm DC power male plug. I am planning to use the battery to act as an external power source for a camera. I still want to leave the battery pack for the drill as it is since I will be using the drill sometimes, so soldering cables to the battery connectors is not an option. Are there any other smart ideas?

Posted by lpm 3 years ago

connector name (see pic)

I'm trying to replace the antenna on my Sprint Airave to get more distance (more on that later). i am trying to find the connector it uses on digikey. ive attached a picture. if you can tell me what this part is called, i'd greatly appreciate it. bonus: if you can get me a digikey/mouser/newark part number, i will post an instructable on range-boosting an Airave! also, i havent examined the pcb extensively yet, but if i slap a giant antenna on this board, will i have to put some sort of load inductance? i havent worked with near-Ghz frequencies before, so i dont know how sensitive these things are to loading. thanks, Daniel

Posted by samurai1200 9 years ago

How to reuse the TV dish cable co Axial plug/connector

Can some one tell me how to reuse the TV dish cable co Axial plug; i want to take out the existing cable and connect with the new one. please suggest me ASAP?

Asked by sanyasi 6 years ago

Twisted cymbal on Guitarhero World Tour PS3 & mini audio plug ripped off. Need ideas on repair or replacement?

Actually Daughters friend who has Wii twisted. Apparantly on Wii cymbals spin 360 degrees on PS3 they do not. She attempted to turn cymbal around and tore the wire right out of the male right angle audio connector. I have bare wire exposed and connector is fine, so likely that actual female jack on cymbal is fine, just need a way to reattach a male plug. Total amateur at anything like this so any help would be appreciated.

Asked by 9 years ago

Where can I find a magnetic power connector? Answered

I'm working on a project that would greatly benefit from a magnetic power connector similar to the MagSafe variety that come standard with new MacBook laptops. All I want is the connector itself, the male and female side. It doesn't have to be MagSafe brand and it would be better if the magnet wasn't very strong. It should support about 30cm of power cord. This is for 24V DC. I've looked on Ebay and Mouser with no luck. Does anyone know where to get these connectors? I'd rather not buy and destroy the Apple branded components that include the connector, not least for the reason that it would be unnecessarily expensive.

Asked by laserjocky 5 years ago

Can you help me identify the 5 pins on this 2.5mm stereo jack connector? Answered

I've looked at a few data sheets for different stereo jack connectors, but none of them appear to identify what these five pins would do in a common application. I'm building an audio amplifier, and this is the connector (de-soldered off another circuit board), and I have no part number. Please see the attached picture. Thanks for any help you can offer.

Asked by giantjamsandwich 7 years ago

What is the correct order to fit connectors on a cat6 ethernet cable with 8 non-standard colored wires? Answered

Hi, I have a cat6 ethernet cable with 8 non-twisted wires all apparently being of different solid colors. Is it OK to attach both ends to the connectors in any order as long as both ends have the same color order? Since the colors are non-standard I can't go by any convention such as T-568A or T-568B. I am using this in my home and since it will be a one-off I don't care about convention standards as long as the configuration I use will work. By the way, do I need to be concerned about the fact that they are non-twisted wires? What's the difference anyway? I would appreciate your answer. Thanks. Oclaman

Asked by oclaman 3 years ago

Identifiying and sources of connectors

I started investigating the insides of a cheap forward facing camera thinking it might be possible to mount the camera module on some old glasses frames and connect it back to the recorder / playback unit with a cable. I was happy to discover the camera module was concted to the main board by a multi pin socket and a couple of dabs of glue. Unfortunatley I have no idea of how to identify and find a matching plug and socket to make a cable. the main body of the plug is 13mm long 3mm wide and about 3mm deep and has 15 pins on each side these pins are a little under 1mm appart. I hope someone is able to offer some help with how to identify and find another.

Posted by Stan1y 3 years ago

How long can I run a wifi highspeed modem on an AAA battery using RCA cables? Answered

After seeing a hack where someone used RCA audio cable to hook up an AAA battery (either alkaline or NiMH) that would run a television set for a few minutes, I was wondering if the same could be done with a wifi highspeed modem. Two concerns are whether the simplicity of the materials might allow the battery to damage the modem and how long the battery would power the unit before running out. There is a video of the television set procedure here. The primary reason for using a hack like this would be its simplicity, availability and low expense of materials. The purpose would be to be able to power the modem long enough to grab and reply to vital email and other social media messages in short bursts using a wifi device (such as an iPod) in the event of a power outage. This, of course, is dependent upon whether the landline phone/highspeed internet is still accessible during a power outage.   Two other questions that arise is whether connecting two AAA cells in this fashion will increase the length of time the unit can be powered significantly and whether the increase in power would cause damage to the unit without any other materials and equipment.

Asked by blodefood 4 years ago

What is this connector called? Answered

I want to connect over to this socket however I cannot find available connector as I don't know the name of it. Searching on google for "double row 7 pin connector" doesn't yield results!

Asked by NemanjaZ 3 years ago

what is this connector for?

Quite recently ive been dabbling a bit in the world of LCDs, and when i had my laptop apart i noticed this connector on the back of the screen, next to the video input connector. i had seen the same connector before on some desktop LCD's, and just passed it off as a testing connection of some sort, but then i saw it again in my laptop and now im curious. what is the purpose of this connector? is it a seperate type of video input? or is it simply a testing connection? ive seen it on 3 LCDs so far, two of them identical desktop ones. none of them are labeled with anything, same as the video input connections.

Asked by zack247 6 years ago

There's a pinout for a Grundig LC 400 camcorder DC-IN connector? Answered

Good morning  at all, I've found a Grunding camcorder (model LC 400) that works, but I've no battery charger or DC cable: before open the camera and try to understand the power schematics (and make some BIG disaster...), sombody have the connector's pinout / model / schematics? The connector's shape is like a small 12 V Molex and on the camera's bottom there's a label with operative voltage: 6 V DC or 4.8 V (battery). Thank you very much, Mattia.

Asked by mcavenaghi 6 years ago

Popular 2 pin power connector for PCBs?

I have made a prototype PCB board which requires connection to a 9V battery or a wall-wart. The board is very small and doesn't have much extra space. I'm currently using a female header(as used in arduino) with 2 pins broken off into which I'm plugging in the wires from battery. In the final board, I want to be using some connector which is widely available, and PCB friendly. The one which I have most commonly seen being used is the wall-wart female power jack which is way too big for my requirement. Any popular option which is only slightly bigger than a snipped female header? -Antzy

Posted by Antzy Carmasaic 5 years ago

I broke a pin on a barrel jack

I think it is the ground pin. Looking at specs I found online , the ground is connected to the (+) pin(?). It was the pin at the base, not the big center pin. Is my assumption correct? Thanks.

Asked by phillyj 8 years ago

Can I connect a trickle charge solar panel directly to a battery recharger? Answered

I have a 1.8 W 125 mA solar panel, and a GP battery recharger. There is a connector that came with the solar panel that fits the recharger. I connected them and did a quick test with a bright light and it lit all four lights without batteries in the charger. Is it possible to connect a solar panel directly to the charger without some other device/inverter between the two and be able to charge NiMH batteries? I have attached a pic of the items including the information on the back of the electrical plug that came with the charger. It says input AC 120V-60Hz, output DC 12V 1.5A. The picture shows the rest. I look forward to the answer and will not attempt to connect these until I know it is safe and effective to do so.  Thank you.

Asked by blodefood 4 years ago

Garmin nuvi suffers an untimely end

Help me save my Nuvi.  I was replacing a battery that would not hold a charge when the screen module slipped taking with it the flexible circuit connection to the main circuit board.  My attempt to revive the Nuvi is now on life support as I'm not sure if the connection is mechanical or uses some kind of adhesive... If anyone can shed light on this pesky problem it would be much appreciated. Thanks

Posted by zippidee 7 years ago

My new instructable discussion - 3D printed Magnetic connector

Hello all! Made this topic to start a discussion about my latest project: 3D printed Magnetic Connector. Here is the link to my project: What would you change? What would you add? I am waiting for your suggestions!

Posted by kondzio29 3 years ago

50 pin JAE connector pinouts? Answered

i just recently got a cd drive from a broken laptop, hoping to use it in a project of mine, but i noticed that it has a very different connector in it for data transfer and power, i read online that it is a 50 Pin JAE connector, and it has 40 pins (just like normal IDE) for data trsnfer and 10 pins for power, sound, and the master/slave/cable select option. what are the pinouts of the JAE connector? the cd drive model is a HP CD-RW/DVD DRIVE model: GCC-4244N (SO5D) FW: 1.01 HW: A Mecha: A Type: MGCO does anybody know the pinouts of this drive?

Asked by zack247 7 years ago

Adapt a computer ATX power supply to add a single 2 wire 12V connector

 I need to replace a 350W power supply that supplies a computer setup and LCD screen in an all in one computer. The failing power supply has one single 2 wire(one black, one white) connector powering a power board that supplys the power to the LCD screen. Can I use any ATX power supply that has the same or more amps on each of the 12V 5V and 3.3V and........ Can I adapt the spare 4 pin molex connectors to make a 2 wire single connector? I can take photos if necessary. hi, thank you

Posted by NickEloFun_1 6 years ago

How to control case fans? Answered

Just recently i got a shiny new 3.2GHz dual core computer, but it has two case fans i have no control of. they use the 3-pin connector, and Speedfan 4.3 cannot specifically control them. i know that macs have smcfancontrol, but is there a program like that for pc?

Asked by zack247 7 years ago

What are these little clips called . . .

 that connect the ribbon cables to the board? And where can I find them (replacements)?

Asked by Kriki 8 years ago

What is the best way to affix a hose with a 1/4 " inside diameter to a pvc pipe with a 3 " inside diameter?

Kind of like what this guy has in his instructable video:$20-by-convert/ but a lot better.  For my application it has to be something that can be tightened down into place.  It has to seal.  Also instead of a mason jar I'm using a pvc pipe.

Asked by mattbliese 7 years ago

Repair damaged laptop power plug

I have this damaged laptop (HP) power plug - I think my dad closed the car door with it sticking out. When I connect it to the power jack the computer starts up but then the power drops. Can you think of a reason why? The power jack seems to be fine. The computer starts up perfectly with a different HP power unit. I haven't checked it with a multimeter yet. I tried to use thick aluminum foil around the damaged part but it didn't work. With no replacement HP power plug is my only option to replace both the plug and the jack with some other male-female power plugs?

Posted by Mr.Bahur 6 years ago

Knex Shotgun: Swarm

M'kay guys. You are probably woundering why my shotgun ible is gone. I will tell you. It never really go through the filters, and I PM'ed Mikeasaures to get him to pull it through. He was quite helpful, but told me in no uncertain terms that it had to be a step by step. So I took it down, and am reposting it now. Feel free to comment even if you already did on the old one, LOLZ. Oh, I have noticed there is a feature to "Share Photos or Videos." Is that the proper way to set up a slideshow? Sorry that the picture quality is lame, but they are stupid good considering the fact it was cloudy and raining when I took them. Don't worry, I will try to avoid making this mistake in the future. Swarm is a wicked indoor knex war shotgun, able to fire up to sixteen green rods, eight white rods, or four yellow rods. Now this is not my gun, just sayin'. It is KK's shotgun prototype updated with a the TR8 body, trigger, and handle. I thought I would post some nice, clear pictures so you can build it too. What really turns me away from this gun is that it is downright ugly. Some of you guys might not mind that, but I do. A lot. The good thing is this is powerful, reliable, and a shotgun, not to mention fun. Range is over sixty feet, and it is a tube and stick gun, so it will never fail. It is also a very fun gun to mess with. Swarm also has a very comfy handle, a strong stock, and nice grip. So enjoy the pictures. :D While this may not be a good primary for an indoor war, it would be very handy to have, if you have something like the ZKAR or my Epidemic to use, as reloading is a pain, unless you use yellows. Those are quick to load and hit hard. Please comment and subscribe. Feel free to leave nice long comments, as I like to read them. If you need any help, just ask. If you have any suggestions for my next project, please tell me.

Posted by CorgiCritter 3 years ago

What is a 4 pin power connector that can handle a lot of current? Answered

For a project powering red, blue, and green LEDs, with a common positive, I am hoping to power around 250 LEDs with around 5 amps. This means that each wire needs to be able to handle 5 amps of current at 12 volts (or 60 Watts), with the other three wires acting as grounds. I've looked at PC peripheral molex connectors, capable of handling around 5-8 amps however that is over all four wires. I need something stronger, most molex connectors use 20 gauge wire (which handles 1.5 amps), while the national electrical code suggests a 14 gauge wire to handle 5.9 Amps. It doesn't matter to me what the connector is supposed to be used for, if it's an audio plug, power plug, or whatever, this project will be very jerry-rigged. I would greatly appreciate any suggestions for a suitable plug.

Asked by QuackMasterDan 8 years ago

How do you make a Gameboy Advance to Gamecube wire?

I have been looking around for wires, and most places, I check don't have it, or Ebay, and Amazon is too expensive for what I am willing to pay.  I have GBA connector wires, and GCN extender cords.  Can I use these to "make" a gameboy advance to gamecube wire, and how would I go about doing this. -On a side note, could I also make an edit to supply it to a NDS?

Asked by Zinyin 6 years ago

What is the standard size dc input jack socket for music equipment i.e. mini amps and guitar effects gadgets? Answered

As quite a few people will have noticed (because i have asked so many 'beginners' questions on here) I am building a mini guitar amp. I am wanting to use a 2.5mm or a 2.1mm dc input socket, I was just wondering if there was a 'standard' size connector. I'm sure I have heard there is one size commonly used in guitar effects pedals and equipment like that. It doesn't really matter, because this is likely to be a one- off product, but if something breaks a few years down the line then I would like to be able to say i'd used the most common jack, so i can get a replacement.

Asked by mdog93 7 years ago

LCD cable (LVDS?) Question

Hey guys, so I am in the process of *attempting* to repurpose my old laptop lcd into a video monitor.  More specifically, I am trying to replace an old home built video monitor lcd that was broken with my working laptop LCD.  When it comes to this sort of thing I would barely call myself a hobbyist. Left over from my original home built monitor I have is the LCD controller, and I am planning (hoping) to use that in order to drive the laptop LCD.  I have gotten power working (it was a snap), but here is the problem I have run into and don't really know how to solve. The laptop cable for video (in searching around I guess it's an LVDS cable) is differently shaped/designed as to what the controller requires (and the cable for the old broken LCD won't work on my working LCD.  So here is where I require help.  I have posted 2 pictures, the first one is the lvds cable that plugs into the display, and the second is of the controller connection.  They are both 30 pin connectors (although only 12 pins are in use my laptop lcd) so I really don't see why given the correct cable/adapter I shouldn't be able to get this to work. If anyone knows where I can get such a cable, or at least what the respective cable plugs are called (so I can search on my own) I would appreciate it very much.  Also, if I am a fool for attempting to do this, and I am missing some important piece of information that makes what I want to do impossible, I will appreciate that type of info as well! 

Asked by Silencer556 6 years ago


So I was testing my NAR and my TR18 next to each other and noticed that the NAR doesn't really like finned  rods.  In some cases it actually shot normal red rods further than finned ones; anyone else noticed anything like this? I'm sure it's not a problem with the fins; my TR18 shot them about twice as far with the same bands as the NAR.  I think it may be because you have to place the fins further forward on the rod because of the bullet lock. On an unrelated note, I don't really make all that much myself, I modify other peoples' things, so if you want me to give any weapons a new better looking and more comfortable body (if you say a WORD about that DJ...), just say and I'll see what I can do.  I'll only accept your own designs, no volunteering others' work.  If you want me to do someone else's design, send them a PM and get them to speak to me directly.  And no TRs. I would upload some pictures of my previous work, but my library on the site has been mysteriously emptied, and I can't find them in my picture folders.  I still have a mod of SK's shotbow built, so I'll post a picture of that as an edit later if there's interest. EDIT:  Pictures of my shotbow, two very old Striker mods (IaC's Striker), an old one of my TR18 (I made it much better than it is shown here, but this is the only picture I could find), and something I think I modded from IaC's assault pistol (this one was one of my first attempts at a mod and isn' my best work).

Posted by knexguy 8 years ago

What type of HD connector is used with an old 80386 PC? Answered

I have an old 80386 PC and it needs a hard drive. What should I be looking for? And yes, I have good reasons for using it.

Asked by puffyfluff 9 years ago

Which ammo is best for a slingshot? Answered

Connector amoo e.g. Grey-orange or a rod like a blue rod. Which one would go further?

Asked by I.E. 5 years ago

Microphone wiring? Answered

I have a broken microphone. Its wire is cut  inside the insulation. i want to replace the entire cable. when i removed the plastic cover of the microphone i saw a red and a black wire soldered to it.  Therefore it uses only 2 wires but in the connector it is a TRS one not a TS one. i will also replace the connector.  i am wondering how should i wire a TRS connector which has 3 leads. one being the common ground. but the other 2.  should i short them out and connect the red wire or must I connect the wire to only one lead?  Then if i buy a $0.2 TS connector and i wire it accordingly. will it work? One another question does the microphone device has polarity that is should i connect  positive to positive and negative to negative lead. because there is no indication on the Mic?

Asked by ARJOON 6 years ago

Mag-safe type Audio Connector for Headphones?

Would it be possible to make a Magsafe-like cable for headphones? I'm always either editing video or listening to music while on the desktop in my family's living room. In order to not disturb everyone, I use headphones. But getting up time after time is very much a pain when I have to pull my headphones off, set them down, then head off to wherever in the house I need to go. (Kitchen, toilet, etc...) I think I've come up with a solution that would make things a lot easier. The end of the heaphone cable is normal. Standard 3.5mm. But the other end, which is usually hidden away in the left ear cup all stripped and leading to different speakers, is seperated from the ear cup, and connects and stays on with magnets! The only problem is that I'm not quite sure what to do to make this...anyone have any ideas?

Posted by ccain3 5 years ago

psu 6+2 connector? Answered

Does a 6+2 connector on a psu do the same jobs as an 8-pin connector? thanks for anwering!

Asked by didgitalpunk 6 years ago

SMB Connectors

Does Anyone know where I can get a single right angle SMB Connector. This is the type of connector that the satellite radios use for antenna connectors. Digikey and others have bags of them but I only need one. Thanks, Jason

Posted by capt-capsaicin 10 years ago

What are these ribbon connectors called and where can I find connectors??

I need to get a connector for the ribbon connector shown in the attached image but I cannot find what they are actually called (ribbon connector searches are just showing IDE type cables). If anyone could point me in the right direction/enlighten me on this subject that would be amazing. Thanks!

Asked by ActionTekJackson 3 years ago

How do you replace the P6 connector on a DS Lite?

While changing the case of my Nintendo DS Lite, I broke the P6 touch screen connector. (I'm not entirely certain how it occurred in the first place, I never even touched the touch screen at all, it just suddenly fell off for no reason whatsoever.) I already have a replacement P6 connector and a soldering iron (as well as all the other necessary tools), and have already unsuccessfully attempted the operation, but I can't for the life or death of me figure out how to get the original one off of the mobo, does anyone have any detailed instructions?

Asked by 8 years ago

Waterproofing RC servo connections?

Hi everyone. I have used epoxy to waterproof my RC receivers. I have thought that there is no need to waterproof the connections because it is only 6V and not enough to corrode the connectors. I still want to be able to swap my receivers between models. I have splashed through puddles before but not completely submersed it in water. So is there any reason that I should be waterproofing these connectors? Or is the voltage not enough to cause any problems? Thanks, David.

Asked by David97 4 years ago

Is it very simple to connect USB cable to a 4-pin DIN?

I want to make an arcade themed Custom PC build. I will be building the case out of wood. It will be used for playing retro games using emulators with maximus arcade as a front-end. I want to make some controllers, and use 4-pin DIN connectors to make it a bit more unique and retro. Can you solder usb wires onto the connectors? IS it that simple and if it is; am i likely to encounter any problems? I don't have any problem soldering and connecting either.

Asked by Darkwisdom 6 years ago

How to play PSP on a TV with a game controler?

Hi guys, do any of you have an idea how i can play my PSP game on a TV and with a game controler (Playstation or any other)? The reason is simple, I would like to build myself a full size arcade cabinet for my psp using the X-arcade joystick. Thanks for the help!

Posted by Zoukiny 8 years ago

Connector Allowance for length? Answered

If I want 3 ft between centers of a run using a number of Cross or T- connectors, how ling do I cut the pieces of pipe? What allowance do I need to consider for the amount of pipe in the connector and the distance between the connector seat and center line of the T or Cross connector?

Asked by nearboston 9 months ago

pls help how to make a cable connector / converter

Anybody knows how to make this? the cable connector. thanks.

Posted by bite_brian 6 years ago