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    Default How to take this plug apart?

    I have a bunch of these plugs lying around, and need to make some terminators for my cheapy LED sets. I want to take this plug apart to install a resistor inside of it.
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    Default Re: How to take this plug apart?

    Why not install the resistor before the plastic plug on the wire?

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    Default Re: How to take this plug apart?

    below is what I did. clip one wire shorter than the other, solder the resistor in, slip a piece of hear shrink tubing, heat, crimp the open end of the tubing while still hot to fuse the ends together, done.


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    Default Re: How to take this plug apart?

    I cannot tell for sure, but it appears there is an access area near that arrow on the plug, if I am correct there will be a very small fuse in there. you can use that spot for a resistor instead of the fuse.

    Inside that area you should be able to see the clips that hold the top female plate and wire terminals.

    CAREFULLY bend the tabs to release the top. You may snap them as they are not meant to be removed after initial installation.
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    Default Re: How to take this plug apart?

    Yep , there is a little fuse access area , BUT , it does NOT get you to the other terminal so you can make a snubber . ( need to connect both sides , not one )
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    Default Re: How to take this plug apart?

    If I could open up this connector, what I can do is:

    1. Install the resistor in existing LED light strings.
    2. Remove the excess wire and install the resistor inside and use that as a snubber at the end of line on any string I choose.

    I only have 25 of those clipped ends, and didn't want to destroy one to see how it was assembled.

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    Default Re: How to take this plug apart?

    Quote Originally Posted by stanward View Post
    I have a bunch of these plugs lying around, and need to make some terminators for my cheapy LED sets. I want to take this plug apart to install a resistor inside of it.
    Use a big hammer?

    IMO, you would probably be better off soldering the resistor to the leads external to the plug, because if you mounted it inside it may melt the plastic or start a fire.

    Just my .02

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    Ya know.. those little fuses look very SSR friendly.. too bad they are not 5Amps...
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    Default Re: How to take this plug apart?

    I'm not sure how the resistors could start a fire, as they only will sink 0.3W when they are rated for 1W each. That is over a 3 times safety factor.

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    Default Re: How to take this plug apart?

    Success!

    I was also able to take apart the female end as well.

    I think I will install the resistors on the female end on the existing LED light strings to give it a clean look.
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