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Old May 22nd, 2011, 11:48 PM   #1
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F3 power supply xlr

the 4 pin xlr power input for the F3, can anyone help me wire a D tap swit battery, ie the 12v power supply would it be pin 1 = neg and pin 2 = 12v, or would it be pin 4=12v, thanks in advance
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 02:02 AM   #2
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P1=Neg P4=Pos
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 10:50 AM   #3
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Curious when you are determining the pin numbers are you looking at the front of the plug or on the inside staring at the solder terminal side of the pins?
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 11:08 AM   #4
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Most plugs have them labeled on the plug face where the pins are. Not on the solder side. My Female 4 Pins go clockwise from 1 to 4 with the latch at 12 Noon Pin 1 at 2:30PM Pin 4 at 9:30AM.
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Yes... the pin numbers are indicated -- very small. Be careful not to reverse to avoid fried F3.
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 02:41 PM   #6
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There are a couple of pre-made adapters around that I've used.
One of them (available from nanoflash.net ) goes from the ex1/3 style plug to a 4-pin xlr. It allows you to use the 'wire out' from the swit battery and still have the d-tap available on the battery. Also, you don't have to worry so much about the possibility of plugging the d-tap connector improperly.
Another one I've tried (I think it was bought from EC Professional in NY) plugs in to the d-tap, goes to a 4 pin xlr for the camera, and along the way has a female d-tap in the cable available to run something else.
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 05:10 PM   #7
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Swintronics makes a nice little 4pin plug with a receiver for the EX-1 type plug. Aleg Dolgin has an adpater that's about 2" long. Both are around $35 - $40 I believe.
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 05:34 PM   #8
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The Switronics one is cheaper and better in my view. The pigtail on the other versions out there add no additional functionaliy and only create a larger loop of wire to get hung up on and cause a disconnect at the plug. Best 30 bucks I have spent in a long time.

you can get it at Alex Dolgin's online store or direct from swit.us. Alex also sells a lot of other useful stuff worth checking out when you are in the market for batteries, power cables and such.

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