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Power plug not fitting

g4jnw
g4jnw Member
edited February 2019 in FLEX Series (Legacy) Radios
Got a strange issue. (The Flex 1500 is secondhand) It came with a 2.5mm power plug and lead to plug into my standard desktop power supply.
When i try and push the plug in it wont go in, I try it in another device that takes the same plug and it fits, when i try another little 12v power supply plug (has a small ridge around the plug) It fits but its a lower wattage. I ordered a new lead with plug it wont fit again, when you try and push it in its like the inner just wont push in.https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-5mm-DC-Power-Bore-Plug-Power-Lead-10A-Crocodile-Clips-Inline-Car-Blade-Fuse/272663001514?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 Here is the newest that wont work. 

Answers

  • Bill -VA3WTB
    Bill -VA3WTB Member ✭✭✭
    edited February 2018
    It sounds like the plug is not the right one for the inner pin.
  • Rich McCabe
    Rich McCabe Member ✭✭
    edited February 2018
    I have a box of wall warts and there are 25 different types sizes that almost work in some applications.  I thought you just have the wrong one.  I would contact Flex sales to see what you need.

    Rich
  • George KF2T
    George KF2T Member ✭✭✭
    edited February 2019
    Second the comments above, and add a recommendation to use a light and magnifier to look into the 1500's DC socket. Make sure nothing is goobered up in there (yes, that IS a technical term). The pin could be bent, roughed up by current/heating, or the spring connection (ground side) could be bent.

  • Bill -VA3WTB
    Bill -VA3WTB Member ✭✭✭
    edited February 2018
    Goobered? have to remember that one George.
  • Tim - W4TME
    Tim - W4TME Administrator, FlexRadio Employee admin
    edited February 2018
    You need a connector with a larger diameter center connector
  • g4jnw
    g4jnw Member
    edited February 2018
    The recommended one on the website is 
    • Mouser part number 502-760 
    So maybe would be better off getting the recommended one, so long as they never changed their spec.
  • Tim - W4TME
    Tim - W4TME Administrator, FlexRadio Employee admin
    edited February 2019
    The power plug to fit the connector on the 1500 is 5.5 by 2.5 mm.
  • les norton
    les norton Member
    edited March 2018
    Bought the Mouser plug and it fits perfectly, got in touch with the ebay seller who happens to be a radio ham shop and got an email back saying there are loads of different types but he was saying it was 2.5mm in the advert. lesson learned i guess although i can reuse the plug in my MFJ auto tuner so nothing lost. Admin can close  comments now please. Thanks Tim for your comments particularly.

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