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    I am looking at dumping the standard 13.5mm pigtail that Ray sells in favour of something a bit easier to use in colder weather (he uses a harder plastic now and it is a real PITA when it gets cold, even when using dielectric grease).
    I see that Ray now carries the Xconnect type of connector. Has anyone used these and how do they compare?
    I am trying to evaluate several types including spade, Delphi etc but the Xconnect seems like a viable alternative as well...
    Any input is welcome.
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    I have been very happy with the performance of the Delphi clone type connectors. They seal well and are easy to connect and disconnect even in cold weather. Installing them myself (crimping and soldering each) eliminates the splice between prefabbed ones and the pixel string. They are also inexpensive compare to almost any other connector.
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    Default Re: Waterproof connectors

    Is this what is being called xconnect?
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    If it is, I don't think it addresses the concern of hard and inflexible. It is basically the same old thing with a different keying mechanism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrNeutron View Post
    I am looking at dumping the standard 13.5mm pigtail that Ray sells in favour of something a bit easier to use in colder weather (he uses a harder plastic now and it is a real PITA when it gets cold, even when using dielectric grease).
    I see that Ray now carries the Xconnect type of connector. Has anyone used these and how do they compare?
    I am trying to evaluate several types including spade, Delphi etc but the Xconnect seems like a viable alternative as well...
    Any input is welcome.
    Thanks.
    No issues with my 13.5's. I did apply dielectric grease to the pins , sockets, as well as the barrel, and the slip cowl threads.
    I plan on converting my remaining 3pin JST connections this year, brittle in cold climates and any melting causes the space under the release tab to lock up in ice
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry-Rigs View Post
    Is this what is being called xconnect?
    ex3c10k3-2_s.jpg
    If it is, I don't think it addresses the concern of hard and inflexible. It is basically the same old thing with a different keying mechanism.
    Exactly what I was thinking.....this is why I asked how these are working for everyone that uses them...are they any kind of improvement?
    They are more expensive than the old standard 13.5mm as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aurbo99 View Post
    No issues with my 13.5's. I did apply dielectric grease to the pins , sockets, as well as the barrel, and the slip cowl threads.
    I plan on converting my remaining 3pin JST connections this year, brittle in cold climates and any melting causes the space under the release tab to lock up in ice
    Yep I apply dielectric grease as well to every connector (Or I would never get them apart...LOL).
    Had some difficulty while 20' in the air trying to lean over and connect a few and thought....there has to be a better way!
    Phil

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    Cheers!
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    I purchased a prepackaged Hinkspix Controller based setup including case, power supply and WS2811 board from HolidayCoro. It also included cables with waterproof Easyplug connectors. I also purchased a few strings of Pixels from HolidayCoro which use their Easyplug connector. In an attempt to save some money I purchased a couple of pixel strings from Ray Whu. His connectors look the same in a photo as Easyplug but were actually smaller than Easyplug. My question is: is Easyplug proprietary to HolidayCoro or is xConnect or some other type of plug compatible with the Easyplug male/female connectors?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ezellner View Post
    I have been very happy with the performance of the Delphi clone type connectors. They seal well and are easy to connect and disconnect even in cold weather. Installing them myself (crimping and soldering each) eliminates the splice between prefabbed ones and the pixel string. They are also inexpensive compare to almost any other connector.
    I too have been using the Delphi clone type connectors for years. They are inexpensive, versatile on AWG, easy to 1 hand disconnect in cold weather, even with gloves, come in a variety of pin configurations, and are interchangeable from many different vendors. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
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    Same here , Delphi type connectors all the way, I even cut off the few round barrel type that I had and replaced them with Delphi, I will neve use anything else
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