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 Post subject: Source for cheater cords
PostPosted: Dec Sat 01, 2012 2:47 pm 
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Is there a place to get cheater cords that were used on
plastic radios vintage 1950 & 1960's? AES had them listed
in their 2003 catalog, but don't carry them any more.
I've looked at most of the surplus electronic outfits
& no one seems to carry them. Does anyone have
a source for these? Thanks. Jim


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 Post subject: Re: Source for cheater cords
PostPosted: Dec Sat 01, 2012 11:29 pm 
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This is from http://www.allelectronics.com:

2-CONDUCTOR NON-POLARIZED CHEATER CORD
6' 18/2 SPT-1 cheater cord. Oval-shaped, two-conductor non-polarized female connector, SP-016. Holes on 9/32" centers. Rated 10A, 125Vac. CSA.
CAT# LCAC-413


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 Post subject: Re: Source for cheater cords
PostPosted: Dec Sat 01, 2012 11:47 pm 
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DonElectron wrote:
This is from http://www.allelectronics.com:

2-CONDUCTOR NON-POLARIZED CHEATER CORD
6' 18/2 SPT-1 cheater cord. Oval-shaped, two-conductor non-polarized female connector, SP-016. Holes on 9/32" centers. Rated 10A, 125Vac. CSA.
CAT# LCAC-413


Actually that looks to be smaller than what you'd want for a 1950's-1960's TV or radio, and it's not really a "cheater" or interlock type cord. Looks more like what Panasonic used on many of their portables in the 1970's.

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 Post subject: Re: Source for cheater cords
PostPosted: Dec Sun 02, 2012 2:01 am 
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I believe Jim is correct. The prongs are on the order of
5/16. Thanks for the lead. Jim


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 Post subject: Re: Source for cheater cords
PostPosted: Dec Sun 02, 2012 2:46 am 
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I used to just take the cords of the backs of junk radios or tv's. Still have some around.
Mark D.


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 Post subject: Re: Source for cheater cords
PostPosted: Dec Sun 02, 2012 3:02 am 
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They apparently haven't been made in quite some time, although some suppliers may still have a few in stock here and there.

Every time someone posts a link to a surplus outlet that has stock, they sell out so fast it is unbelievable.

I agree with Mark that the best source and easiest is usually taking them off junk 50's and 60's sets which have no collector value and can often be purchased at the donation auctions of radio shows for $1 or so or picked off the curb on trash day.

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 Post subject: Re: Source for cheater cords
PostPosted: Dec Sun 02, 2012 3:08 am 
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Last time (2010?) I was in Chester's in Kenosha, WI they had quite a few in stock behind the parts counter. They brought out several types for me to choose from.

If someone wants to email or call them, they may find some there.

http://www.chesterelectronics.com/

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 Post subject: Re: Source for cheater cords
PostPosted: Dec Sun 02, 2012 3:10 am 
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Scrappers will cut anything they see with a power cord these days with the price of copper.
They remove yokes from TVs and anything with a winding.
Google returned some TV cheater cords for $8.95 ea.


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 Post subject: Re: Source for cheater cords
PostPosted: Dec Sun 02, 2012 3:21 am 
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White: http://www.ebay.com/itm/BELDEN-CHEATER- ... 0584774465


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 Post subject: Re: Source for cheater cords
PostPosted: Dec Sun 02, 2012 5:32 am 
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black, polarized: http://www.electronicplus.com/images/pr ... 16-080.jpg
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 Post subject: Re: Source for cheater cords
PostPosted: Dec Sun 02, 2012 8:40 am 
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Wl, just a great excuse to get a male from a scrapped PC power supply, fit it to the set, wire appropriately, lose the death caps, and then use any old PC power cord. Pray that your recepticle is correct lest you touch the set.

I somehow doubt anyone in this country could get permission to make new cheater cords, polorized or not. Can remember getting them in 500 lots at 25 cents apiece. Of course that was 45 years ago.


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 Post subject: Re: Source for cheater cords
PostPosted: Dec Sun 02, 2012 1:04 pm 
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Majortom's cord is the exact one needed. Rectangular, &
fits through a fiber back with a metal clip to secure it.
I'll have to try the place in Kenosha & see what they have.
Jim


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 Post subject: Re: Source for cheater cords
PostPosted: Dec Sun 02, 2012 4:39 pm 
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Be careful when ordering because there is a big difference between polarized and non polarized.

You won't find nearly as many radios which used the polarized type, but there were millions of TV's that did.

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