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Post  SuperDave Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:43 am

In finishing my EP Dumas Chris-Craft speedboat I've encountered problems matching electerical connectors.

A "squid" has been suggested as a solution.

Anyone have any experience using a "squid" outside using them to make calamai?

If so, enlighten me please.    Huh... 

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Post  pkrankow Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:49 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIOqOxI0K_I

An "electrical squid" is generally an adapter that connects from one device to a choice of other devices. What connections are you trying to match?

It may be better to re-end some wires instead of making an adapter, but making a custom pigtail is also easy.

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Post  OVERLORD Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:49 am

Hi SD,

Look at this site. It's some sort of multi electrical connector

http://www.readymaderc.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1966

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Post  andrew Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:52 am

I've seen charger squids with as many as 7 or 8 connectors attached.  

But, Phil's suggestion of re-terminating your wiring is really the best.  Just find some connectors that match, have sufficient current carrying capacity, and replace both ends with the new connectors.

http://www.headsuphobby.com/Battery-Connectors_c242.htm


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Post  roddie Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:40 am

Excuse me for asking SD.. but I thought you were running all Dumas electronics in the model? What exactly is/are the connector(s) in question? Have you chosen to run an aftermarket Speed-controller with Battery Eliminator Circuitry (BEC) per chance? Just trying to narrow down the solution.
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Post  SuperDave Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:43 am

Thank you to Phil and Andrew.

Upon closer examination the connectors DID matchup so all is well.  Clapping 

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Post  daddyo Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:23 pm

Don't let their answers fool you, you literally use squid arms (they're conductive)
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Post  RknRusty Sun Mar 30, 2014 1:19 am

daddyo wrote:Don't let their answers fool you, you literally use squid arms (they're conductive)
Yeah, an electric squid. But be careful, they pack quite a punch. You won't need batteries as long as you keep it alive.
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Post  SuperDave Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:30 am

[quote="roddie"]Excuse me for asking SD.. but I thought you were running all Dumas electronics in the model? What exactly is/are the connector(s) in question? Have you chosen to run an aftermarket Speed-controller with Battery Eliminator Circuitry (BEC) per chance? Just trying to narrow down the solution.[/quot

Roddie:

Good question.

Originally I purchased a Dumas ESC on Tower Hoddies recommendation THEN I discovered it was an "old tech" version FAR inferior to the "IntelleiSpeed" unit (#DTXM1059) that I discovered later from DURATRAX.  It's actually intended fo CARS but is well suied for boats too. (It does NOT have a BEC).

I discovered the Duratrax unit on a model boat forum to which I am most indebtited.  In short, the connector problem I first experienced is now but a bad memory.   Clapping 

So now I'm set to complete the Chris-Craft AFTER the weather warms enough for the Lustre-kote finish to dry properly.  (Originally I used two-part finishing resin from Pacer which had MANY problems.)  Bad mojo that Pacer!

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