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    Default Using phone cable adequate to make power cables?

    I noticed that the Escort OEM power cords have more copper in them (lower gauge). Are regular phone cables adequate in supplying power? I am making my own Stealthcord/Invisicord for my Redline. Length will be 12".

    I see that Valentine tells you it is ok to make your own. I was just wondering if the thinner copper wire will supply enough juice to the Redline? I read in another thread in here that someone used a long phone extension and the Redline gave him a voltage drop warning. The thread never did mention if it was a voltage drop elsewhere or usage of the long phone cable.

    Are the Ebay power cables the same as Escort or are they plain phone wiring? I suppose I could buy the Escort hardwire kit and use the remaing cable to make the DIY Stealthcord/Invisicord.
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    Default Re: Using phone cable adequate to make power cables?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sincity View Post
    I noticed that the Escort OEM power cords have more copper in them (lower gauge). Are regular phone cables adequate in supplying power? I am making my own Stealthcord/Invisicord for my Redline. Length will be 12".

    I see that Valentine tells you it is ok to make your own. I was just wondering if the thinner copper wire will supply enough juice to the Redline? I read in another thread in here that someone used a long phone extension and the Redline gave him a voltage drop warning. The thread never did mention if it was a voltage drop elsewhere or usage of the long phone cable.

    Are the Ebay power cables the same as Escort or are they plain phone wiring? I suppose I could buy the Escort hardwire kit and use the remaing cable to make the DIY Stealthcord/Invisicord.
    I have my 9500ix mounted on my rear view mirror. I didn't want to buy another kit, nor did I want to run the wire far, so I just took a black phone cord cut it, and hooked it up to the + and - of the overhead driver's side light, and no problems.

    I also used a standard phone jack to a 12v adapter in the house when I need to do updates, no problems whatsoever. In fact the 12v adapter is only 500mA, I doubt the gauge wire is going to cause any problems.

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    Default Re: Using phone cable adequate to make power cables?

    Whenever possible, I use in-wall phone (round jacket, 24AWG) wire instead of the phone-wall jack wire (26AWG). The round jacket wire can pose a challenge for crimping on plugs if using a crappy crimper.

    I've tried different lengths of 26 gauge wire, up to 12' or 14' was okay; when using a 25' the voltage drop was too substantial.

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    Default Re: Using phone cable adequate to make power cables?

    Got lucky and found another black phone cord that has thicker wiring. Wire thickness is between a regular phone cord and the Escort power cord wiring. Thicker wire is not flimsy at all and easier to solder. I made a Stealth/Inviscord and a straight plug-in cord for my 2 cars. For the straight plug-in cord, I recycled an old cell phone charger, cut the old wire up, and wired the phone cord into the charger. Total cost: $2.29 for pins from a Radio Shack D-Sub connector (P/N 276-1427) to make the stealth/invisicord. I already had the shrink tube and phone cord.

    Green wire= ground -
    Red wire = positive +

    Credit is given to speedysgarage on how to make the stealth/Invisicord.
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    Default Re: Using phone cable adequate to make power cables?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sincity View Post
    Got lucky and found another black phone cord that has thicker wiring. Wire thickness is between a regular phone cord and the Escort power cord wiring. Thicker wire is not flimsy at all and easier to solder. I made a Stealth/Inviscord and a straight plug-in cord for my 2 cars. For the straight plug-in cord, I recycled an old cell phone charger, cut the old wire up, and wired the phone cord into the charger. Total cost: $2.29 for pins from a Radio Shack D-Sub connector (P/N 276-1427) to make the stealth/invisicord. I already had the shrink tube and phone cord.

    Green wire= ground -
    Red wire = positive +

    Credit is given to speedysgarage on how to make the stealth/Invisicord.
    I can not tell did that phone charger have a RJ connector?

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    Default Re: Using phone cable adequate to make power cables?

    Quote Originally Posted by focalcivic View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sincity View Post
    Got lucky and found another black phone cord that has thicker wiring. Wire thickness is between a regular phone cord and the Escort power cord wiring. Thicker wire is not flimsy at all and easier to solder. I made a Stealth/Inviscord and a straight plug-in cord for my 2 cars. For the straight plug-in cord, I recycled an old cell phone charger, cut the old wire up, and wired the phone cord into the charger. Total cost: $2.29 for pins from a Radio Shack D-Sub connector (P/N 276-1427) to make the stealth/invisicord. I already had the shrink tube and phone cord.

    Green wire= ground -
    Red wire = positive +

    Credit is given to speedysgarage on how to make the stealth/Invisicord.
    I can not tell did that phone charger have a RJ connector?
    It didn't but does now; you can barely see it in the picture since it is tucked under the cord. It had a connector for a Motorola cell phone. I cut the wire from the PCB inside the cigratte lighter case, slid the phone cord through strain relief and soldered the phone cord wires into the PCB. Works like a charm and looks like I bought it that way.

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    Default Re: Using phone cable adequate to make power cables?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sincity View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by focalcivic View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sincity View Post
    Got lucky and found another black phone cord that has thicker wiring. Wire thickness is between a regular phone cord and the Escort power cord wiring. Thicker wire is not flimsy at all and easier to solder. I made a Stealth/Inviscord and a straight plug-in cord for my 2 cars. For the straight plug-in cord, I recycled an old cell phone charger, cut the old wire up, and wired the phone cord into the charger. Total cost: $2.29 for pins from a Radio Shack D-Sub connector (P/N 276-1427) to make the stealth/invisicord. I already had the shrink tube and phone cord.

    Green wire= ground -
    Red wire = positive +

    Credit is given to speedysgarage on how to make the stealth/Invisicord.
    I can not tell did that phone charger have a RJ connector?
    It didn't but does now; you can barely see it in the picture since it is tucked under the cord. It had a connector for a Motorola cell phone. I cut the wire from the PCB inside the cigratte lighter case, slid the phone cord through strain relief and soldered the phone cord wires into the PCB. Works like a charm and looks like I bought it that way.
    One small thing, esp with the stealth cord method, there is no inline fuse protection unless you add one.

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    Default Re: Using phone cable adequate to make power cables?

    That look nice. One thing, the way you have it wired, I think you have disabled call waiting..

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    Default Re: Using phone cable adequate to make power cables?

    Quote Originally Posted by DrTahoe View Post
    That look nice. One thing, the way you have it wired, I think you have disabled call waiting..
    Really? ......oh...I get it! LOL!

    You had me there!

 

 

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