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Samuel Rees

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Building Powercon Stage Stringers
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2017, 10:01:32 am »

I have the original powercon ones from OA Windsor and they're great. Plus water resistance and rated for disconnect under load with True1? Looks brilliant.
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Re: Building Powercon Stage Stringers
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2017, 06:31:22 pm »

IIRC, the collet on the True1 is smaller, and it will not take 12/3 SO cord.
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« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2017, 06:43:04 pm »

IIRC, the collet on the True1 is smaller, and it will not take 12/3 SO cord.
That's correct. Getting 12/3 SJ in is a tight fit.
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Re: Building Powercon Stage Stringers
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2017, 11:03:18 pm »

The spec sheet says True1 accepts cables with 6-12mm outer diameter, while original powercon says 6-15mm. 12/3 is pretty tight in original powercon, though I've used all 12/3 in mine. I'd have to try it out. 
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Re: Building Powercon Stage Stringers
« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2017, 03:43:18 pm »

The spec sheet says True1 accepts cables with 6-12mm outer diameter, while original powercon says 6-15mm. 12/3 is pretty tight in original powercon, though I've used all 12/3 in mine. I'd have to try it out.

That's correct. The blue and white Powercon will take 12/3 SOOW through the chuck. I don't know about the terminals inside. It says 14awg on the sheet. I don't have any of the blue and white.

I have all True 1 and have 12/3 SJOOW. I went with the True1 because of the ability to extend a run without an adapter and the IP65 rating. I was building a power supply system for my house Christmas lights.  The SJOOW was fine for this.

The 12/3 SOOW will not fit into the True1. I believe Mike Sokol spoke with someone at Neutrik about that and they said they have no plans to make the True1 compatible with 12/3 SOOW.

Depending on your AHJ it may not be acceptable on or back stage. SOOW is code in most locations AFAIK. I'm very much in the Lounge and have never even seen an AHJ. When and if I ever get to the level where it matters I know I'll have to invest in new cable. I have several years until that jump is even an option. <stupid well paying day job. >
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Re: Building Powercon Stage Stringers
« Reply #15 on: May 07, 2017, 03:56:56 pm »

12/3 is tight with the conductors but definitely fits.
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Re: Building Powercon Stage Stringers
« Reply #16 on: May 09, 2017, 11:45:07 am »

The 12/3 SOOW will not fit into the True1. I believe Mike Sokol spoke with someone at Neutrik about that and they said they have no plans to make the True1 compatible with 12/3 SOOW.

That is correct....
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Re: Building Powercon Stage Stringers
« Reply #17 on: October 12, 2017, 12:14:54 am »

For those of you stubborn (like me), here's how I am constructing powerCON True1 cables using SO 12/3 service cable.

https://youtu.be/jPwZQwTk6Eo
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« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2017, 10:27:33 am »

Nice video by the way.
Two problems I see with this;
1) tinning stranded wire for use in compression connections is not considered good preactice as the solder will flow over time loosening the connections
2) use of the second layer of heat shrink seems to make it more difficult to do annual maintenance of tightening the connections made even more critical by the use of solder

I guess for me, I won’t use this connector for #12 SOOW.



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Re: Building Powercon Stage Stringers
« Reply #19 on: October 12, 2017, 06:54:57 pm »

Thanks, Rob!  I did not realize tinning was not considered good practice. 

I hope these will last me until I retire!
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