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Old 10-05-2012, 07:11 PM   #101
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I really like the switchcraft solution. Are those rated for 30amp? Any chance you can provide model numbers so I can locate the plugs / connections in their catalog?

I'm curious if they are any cheaper than the twist lock plugs. I'm tempted to put in the basic right angle plugs on my control box just to save money, but worried about how clean it will look.

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Old 10-05-2012, 07:50 PM   #102
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They are rated for this application; follow the links to see the specs. To be sure I double check w/ switchcraft and they confirmed they are good for exactly what I had in mind and I've never had a problem so far they don't even get warm...
They are like $4 for the outlets and $6 for the plugs.


Connectors STRAIGHT CORD PLUG
Panel mount power Outlet

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Old 10-05-2012, 08:09 PM   #103
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They are rated for this application; follow the links to see the specs. To be sure I double check w/ switchcraft and they confirmed they are good for exactly what I had in mind and I've never had a problem so far they don't even get warm...
They are like $4 for the outlets and $6 for the plugs.


Connectors STRAIGHT CORD PLUG
Panel mount power Outlet
wow those are amazingly cheap. Do they lock in?
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:38 PM   #104
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Yes, push in to lock and they have a triger button on the plug. You can see in the image, it's the white metal on the very top on the plug.

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Old 10-06-2012, 12:44 AM   #105
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They are rated for this application; follow the links to see the specs. To be sure I double check w/ switchcraft and they confirmed they are good for exactly what I had in mind and I've never had a problem so far they don't even get warm...
They are like $4 for the outlets and $6 for the plugs.


Connectors STRAIGHT CORD PLUG
Panel mount power Outlet
Are they Waterproof? That would be perfect if they were.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:15 AM   #106
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I'm going to say no, they are not waterproof but splash proof maybe, the contacts are on the inside of the barrel on the plug so it would take a lot of water to short them, more then a boil over or a loose hose. The panel mounts are not meant to take a lot water, I've used the straight cord outlet in wet outdoor application with the the straight cord plugs and then wrapped gaff tape around the connection and they are then just about waterproof.

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Old 10-06-2012, 05:06 AM   #108
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just placed my order for 4 plugs and 4 outlets. I think this is going to be a great solution. Cheaper than the twist locks and takes up less space. Plus I can disconnect my power cord from the kettle. Thanks for sharing the info.

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Old 10-06-2012, 04:57 PM   #109
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I think you'll be happy with them, the twist locks are big and expensive. As you can see my CP is very small, that was partly possible because I used these outlets. My whole set up is influence by the event business (corporate events, rock concerts, weddings) that I use to do audio and lighting for, if you don't do this type of work then you might not think to use this type of product.

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I'm using tank spuds from brew hardware with 5.5k LWD and a 4.5k ULWD from Ron's hardware and the 4.5k threads in 3/4 of the way before it's tight and the 5.5k gets just over one turn before its tight. This concerned me but once made my enclosure (which I hope to post pic of today) it didn't matter: because of the thickness of the 2 orings and the face plate I only get one turn before the oring make a solid seal.
Thanks. I got the parts and it seems to work well so far. I have only did a dry run (with water) so far. I used a 254V 4500W heating element and using it at 120V WHICH GIVES ME 1125W and approx 9 A. With 5 gallons of water it was heating at about 45 seconds per degree. Here isn't what it looks lie so far. I haven't mounted the pump yet but so far so good. Eventually I will swap out the 419 for a PID and SSR.

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