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400 Hz Extension Cord

Discussion in 'General Electronics Discussion' started by ICGengineerTech, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. ICGengineerTech

    ICGengineerTech

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    Does anyone know where I can find an extension cord (standard 3 prong 115VAC wall type outlet, one prong is the ground)? I could make one myself but I don't know the proper shielding required or gauge. Basically I wouldn't know what type of wire to order. Does anyone know a good source with that info? Thanks.
     
  2. shrtrnd

    shrtrnd

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    Contact the Belden or Alpha Wire website, tell them your application and ask for a recommendation. I work a lot of 400Hz aircraft electronics, they've been pretty helpful
    to me.
     
  3. ICGengineerTech

    ICGengineerTech

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    Thanks for the ideas

    Belden doesn't do extension cords and Alpha seems like the engineering department is always out to lunch... or at least away from their phones. I think I found a solution that will accommodate out needs. Since we don't deal with too much current on the 400HZ line we got a heavy duty extension cords from Low's and marked it for 400 HZ gear only. The outlet (and extension cords) outlet are standard 3 prong American wall outlet style.
     
  4. ICGengineerTech

    ICGengineerTech

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    Just a quick wrap up on this little number. I ended up just using a simple 12' household extension cord. The end has the outlets, one on one side and two on another side of a rectangular block. We only use one outlet so I covered one on one side and one on anther with a strip of red duct tape wrapped around the block. I wrote "400 Hz" real big on both sides of the block and voila!

    I knew that was all I was going to do if it didn't need anything special. :D Thanks for the help.
     
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