Ease the tension!

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electronicpresskit
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Ease the tension!

Post by electronicpresskit » Mon May 30, 2011 10:28 pm

Less tension on plugs/jacks is very desirable! It allows quicker patching and sometimes regular stiffness can cause your case to shake or become unstable (especially with a suitcase style case). To help this, I mod all my banana cables by clipping one of the two metal bands (:sb:) that wrap around the tip:

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Initially I tried crimping those bands so they didn't stick out as far but I got inconsistent results where some cables would be still too stiff and others too loose. By cutting one of those bands you consistently get 1/2 the friction of a normal plug which is pretty close to the right amount for me.

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Post by lizlarsen » Tue May 31, 2011 8:17 am

That's a great tip, thanks!

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Post by rastko » Tue May 31, 2011 8:29 am

WOW !

you are mad but I think it works much better like this. thank you for this.

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Post by JRock » Tue May 31, 2011 10:10 am

Brilliant 8_)

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Post by anthonybisset » Tue May 31, 2011 6:06 pm

This mod also differentiates your cables from other peoples making it easier to collaborate and not worry about doing cable+color counts before hand.

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Post by Reese P. Dubin » Wed Jun 01, 2011 2:17 pm

My cables are all soft connections cuz I patch so fucking much. Serious

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Post by electronicpresskit » Wed Jun 01, 2011 4:01 pm

Reese P. Dubin wrote:My cables are all soft connections cuz I patch so fucking much. Serious
this seems like the best possible method! :tu:

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Post by bwhittington » Wed Jun 01, 2011 4:10 pm

From "banana is king!" to "mutilate your banana!" :ripbanana: :hihi:

I'll have to try this on one of my banana cables just for the experience of it. I can't help but wonder if be loosening the connection you are also diminishing it.

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Post by electronicpresskit » Wed Jun 01, 2011 4:47 pm

Well yeah it diminishes the connection, that's the whole point! Half the metal bands means half the contact area means half the current capability. The thing is, pomona cables are rated for 15 amps so for what we do it's overkill...unless you've got one of those new Refrigerator Interface modules that Sears just came out with (wicked distortion)!

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