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Old 03-28-2013, 03:53 PM   #1
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Default Neutrik PowerCon Connectors

Hi guys,

I am looking to make disconnects on my e-BIAB kettle and wanted to use the PowerCon connectors. I am running a 1500 (x2) 120v system.

I want two colors to keep the terminals separate (even though, theoretically, 120v will be delivered to each...) When looking online, the parts I assume I need are listed as:

Neutrik NAC3MPA-1 powerCON Chassis Connector Power In Blue - female
Neutrik NAC3FCA powerCON Cable Connector Power In Blue - male

both are listed as "power-in". Shouldn't one be "in" and one be "out"?

They look like they'll work (male and female power adapters...) but not sure about the "in" and "out" wording. Any advice?

Thanks!

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Old 03-28-2013, 04:21 PM   #2
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The blue ones are for power in, the grey ones are for power out (considered from the point of view of the chassis connector). They don't interconnect, so you can't mix them up and accidentally connect 2 power lines together.

http://www.neutrik.com/en/audio/powercon/powercon-20-a/

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Old 03-28-2013, 06:18 PM   #3
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So would blue connect to blue and grey connect to grey?

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Old 03-28-2013, 06:30 PM   #4
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Yes, that's right. And a cable should have one blue end, and one grey end.

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Old 03-28-2013, 11:27 PM   #5
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I use generic versions of them in my setup. They're very nice. I like the way they twist lock so much better than the regular speakon connectors. Alien got it perfectly the blue goes to the blue and grey to the grey.

This page shows a good diagram of the difference, it's basically impossible to plug a grey into a blue.
http://www.neutrik.com/en/audio/powe...n-20-a/nac3fca

I personally found them much easier to wire than the Speakon connectors as well. The male end uses screw terminals while the female end uses quick disconnect terminals.

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Old 03-29-2013, 05:08 AM   #6
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Do you have a link to the generic ones? Sounds interesting.

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Old 03-29-2013, 01:13 PM   #7
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These look way better than the switchcraft speakon connectors, too bad they would only work for 120V set ups...perfect for, but not most electric brewers using 240V.

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They say they're rated 250vac/20amps, is it that 20amps is too low?

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They also make a 32a 240v rated one... However a bit pricier, but still cheaper (and lower profile) than twist lock options.

I've had the Neutrik powercon in both 20a and 32a, as well as speakons and they are indeed primo!

http://www.neutrik.com/en/audio/powercon/powercon-32-a/

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Also worth a look are the powercon true1 connectors which are much favoured by UK brewers - 250V/20A, waterproof connection, and can safely be unplugged while in use.

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