> > Cheaper than zip cord is outdoor orange extension cord. Either cut the
> > connectors off, or build your system to connect to standard AC connectors.
> > The advantages of the latter are double: you can scrounge household cords
> > instead of buying them just for rockets, and if you want a longer one, you
> > can just plug two or more together.
> This is certainly the cheap solution, and it's what I've done. However,
> something has always bothered me about it. I would not want to see a
> youngster take one of my 6 foot "end" cords (the ones with the female end cut
> off and clips soldered on) and decide it was something interesting to plug
> into a live 120v outlet. My son knows better, but I'd hate to see anyone have
> an accident from this solution.
One solution available during the design stage is to cut off the >male<
end instead of the female, and make the rest of the wire run compatible
with this "reverse" plug scheme. That way the clip pigtail can't
possibly be plugged into house current (and although the controller box
could be, the consequences there are small -- switches would normally be
stored open, right?). You can do the same with the battery end also, if
you, like me, arranged a similar cord setup to connect to a car battery.
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