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Hey all, I seem to remember reading a post before where someone used an ATX power supply that had RCA plugs as a quick connect. Just can't seem to find the thread now. I have a couple of power supplies that I want to use to power my haunt - mostly LED's and a single motor. Does anyone know a good way to make quick connects for it? I'd like to use something like that rather than a bunch of wire nuts/electrical tape. Will RCA plugs work? Any suggestions? Thanks!
 

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I just snip the red, yellow and black wires and solder on DC type connectors. Or you could go by a Y molex splitter, and clip the female ends, solder on your DC connectors. Then you just plug it onto one of the power supply cables so you're not cutting the power supply wires.
 

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Thank you. I think this is essentially what I was looking for. Not an electronics guy, so the help is much appreciated.
 

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I put RCA plugs on one of my power supplies. They work just fine.

I prefer to put female connectors on my power supply because the male ends are a bit more capable of shorting if they are running loose. The female connectors are somewhat harder to come by if you are scavenging (compared to male connectors, which are common as dirt). Busted car stereos can be a good source if you have any laying around, I got about a dozen female connectors with weatherproofing caps on the end from a single stereo. It was enough for several plugs color-coded for each voltage.

In any case, you'll want to connect the center wire (which corresponds to the center pin/hole) to the power supply's positive voltage output (usually red, orange, or yellow depending on voltage) and the outer wire to the power supply's ground. That makes it a bit safer; ATX power supplies can put out quite a few amps.
 

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I've been using 12v 5.5mm x 2.1mm CCTV power jack adapters. They work great and no need for soldering. Just match the Pos and Neg and tighten with a screwdriver and your good to go. I use them for all my 12V motors and controllers. We get thousands of TOT'ers and somebody is bound to accidentally pull a cord or five. It's easy to trouble shoot and repair!

Cheers, :cool:

CS

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Hey all, I seem to remember reading a post before where someone used an ATX power supply that had RCA plugs as a quick connect. Just can't seem to find the thread now. I have a couple of power supplies that I want to use to power my haunt - mostly LED's and a single motor. Does anyone know a good way to make quick connects for it? I'd like to use something like that rather than a bunch of wire nuts/electrical tape. Will RCA plugs work? Any suggestions? Thanks!
 
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