Interesting. I'm about to replace the powered boxes I have with RCF NX 12s on the "box-a-month" plan. I can't modify the box, I want to retain a warranty. I wish there was a way I could do this with True1, but how could I do that with 6 brand new original PowerCon wedges? I'mBummed that doesn't make sense.
The only downside is that they are 16amps, not the full 20amps.
It's been pointed out that they are rated for 20A if the voltage is only 120 (not 230V).
Current is current. The voltage is irrelevant.
However, the major downside, IMHO, is that virtually no commercial product uses the True1. Maybe some day that will change, but it could turn out to be another Elcassette (if that reference makes no sense to you, Google it!)In my experience, the PowerCons have proven to be as reliable as the Hubbell Twist-Locks that preceded them. With no exposed pins, bending them isn't a problem, and if something does get damaged (I've lost the odd spring and latch), you can do a field repair with nothing more than a crescent wrench (and a spare connector, which is worth far less than a new twist-lock).My biggest complaint with them is that it's a very tough fit for 12/3 SOOW cable, but apparently, the True1 is worse in that regard (only 12mm instead of 15mm for the original). Whirlwind and Digiflex have distro products out there using PowerCons, but they appear to be building them with 12/3 SJ00W cable, not S-type. GTD
Hum and buzz are definitely issues when running my small PA around town, so that is an upside for me. I expect a central patch point for loads will simplify setup and add consistency to deploying my rig. The other benefit for my rig is that I'm about to replace all my powered boxes with ones that have powerCON, so it seems to make sense to move to a system based on that. More on that in my response to Mr. Cornish. I definitely want to fully enclose it - I'm looking for suggestions on that issue. Looks like Mr. Cornish has linked me to something, I'll be looking into that for sure. That link was a quick google link to something where the faceplate just looked right. Speaking of the faceplate - fitting 16 plugs on one faceplate was based on Rob Spence's design in the PSW thread I linked. It looked like he managed it ok - were you thinking it'll be hard to wire on the back, or that the powerCON connectors will be too close for easy field use?I definitely meant that, my mistake!
Not if you're going to break that current
Finally, a question. What connector should I put on the feeder cables? My first thought was to put a 5-20p and them build an adapter cable to 5-15p for when I have 15a plugs. My issue with that is that I'll be working with 15a only plugs plenty of time, I don't love the idea of a non-locking adapter in my main power chain for 40% of my gigs. Will the 5-15p plug from P&S actually have contacts rated to take 20amps from a 15r/20r receptacle? That would be ideal - then I'd just get an adapter cable for the odd time I encounter a 20r ONLY, non combo plug. But using a 15p for a 20a circuit doesn't sound very code. Suggestions?
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