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#1 jragsdale

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 07:56 PM

http://amzn.com/B00CLHH0J4

 

Need a non-polarized cord for my 1968 Duplex.



#2 Optics Patent

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 10:28 PM

Very probably not.

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 11:36 PM

Very probably not.

Why not?



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Posted 14 August 2019 - 01:43 AM

Because it won't fit. The cord on the Questar is an old size.
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Posted 14 August 2019 - 07:27 AM

As long as the pins line up and they are the same size, it might work. You may have to trim the plastic with a knife to make it fit. A few years ago I was looking for that same cord and found it online somewhere, but I don't remember where, but someone does make the same exact Questar cord. You may put up a post here that you are looking for one and somebody might send you one. 


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Posted 14 August 2019 - 11:26 AM

Ok, thanks for the feedback everyone. Well I definitely need one so if anyone has a link to a compatible one or has a spare they can sell hit me up!



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Posted 14 August 2019 - 11:40 AM

As long as the pins line up and they are the same size, it might work. You may have to trim the plastic with a knife to make it fit. A few years ago I was looking for that same cord and found it online somewhere, but I don't remember where, but someone does make the same exact Questar cord. You may put up a post here that you are looking for one and somebody might send you one. 

Same experience--I bought a replacement "cheater cord" online a couple of years ago and can't where I bought it!



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Posted 14 August 2019 - 01:51 PM

I just picked up a polarized one at the factory 2 weeks ago and I think it was $8. Jim actually went into the factory building to get one for me.
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Posted 14 August 2019 - 03:54 PM

I called Questar, they sell a kit with a replacement cord and a new plug-n-play polarized receptacle for $16 total shipped. That was easy!
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Posted 14 August 2019 - 09:26 PM

If anyone is looking for a non-polarized power cord for an older model Questar, some coiled electric shaver A/C cords work just fine.  I have been using them for years and a side benefit of being coiled is that they can help keep things tidy by keeping it as short as possible.  


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Posted 17 August 2019 - 11:23 AM

I wanted an extra cord so as to keep my original one nicely wound in its pristine condition. (Yes, I know. I’m fussy like that! wink.gif ) So after much research I found one online that I thought would fit. It looked very much like my original. I ordered one a couple of months ago. When it came, I found that it would not work. Here’s what you need to know in order to get the right one:

  1. The size and shape of the receptacle on the cord that plugs into the hole in the questar base.
  2. Is it polarized?
  3. Spacing between centers of prongs.
  4. The diameter of the prongs. (This is a biggie and it needs to be exact!)

There is a great deal of variation in these four factors amongst cords. No such thing as standardization it seems. Also, Questar changed their own cords several times over the years. Long story short. I gave up looking after getting the wrong one; the once bitten, twice shy thing. Anyway, after that, I discovered the perfect workaround. And it’s so simple. I have just enough length/play in the two loose ends of my original coiled cord, that I can plug the one end into the Questar and the other into an extension cord. So the coiled cord remains intact and when not in use, it stays in the little leather pocket in my Questar’s case; just the way it came. When in use, it remains coiled and just acts as an adapter.


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Posted 17 August 2019 - 07:37 PM

Here’s what you need to know in order to get the right one:

  1. The size and shape of the receptacle on the cord that plugs into the hole in the questar base.
  2. Is it polarized?
  3. Spacing between centers of prongs.
  4. The diameter of the prongs. (This is a biggie and it needs to be exact!)

 

Terra, do you know the correct answers to the 4 questions? It would be great for us to be able to document this here. :)



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Posted 17 August 2019 - 08:40 PM

Terra, do you know the correct answers to the 4 questions? It would be great for us to be able to document this here. smile.gif

I do but there is variation between Questar model years so there is no one size fits all unfortunately.



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Posted 17 August 2019 - 09:39 PM

Yeah, that sucks. :lol:

 

But if you find the time to post on even a specific variant, that would be good archival information.

 

Mine is a PGII, so I lack the ability to contribute to this topic. crazy.gif



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Posted 17 August 2019 - 10:18 PM

My understanding is that Questar has had only two AC cord configurations. The decades of the unpolarized and the modern polarized.
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Posted 18 August 2019 - 10:22 AM

My understanding is that Questar has had only two AC cord configurations. The decades of the unpolarized and the modern polarized.

That’s good to know. I was under the impression that there were several variations.



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Posted 18 August 2019 - 10:25 AM

Here is the thread I started some months back about my quest for an extra cord. Dimensions, types, and sources are listed.

 

https://www.cloudyni...hl= power cord



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Posted 22 August 2019 - 04:04 PM

$16 shipped from Questar. #nobrainer

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 07:38 AM

If my cord or socket ever needs replacing I'll replace it with a more robust, standard, grounded C13 - C14 cord and socket. As used on computer monitors and electric tea kettles. I've already replaced the plug on the cord with a standard UK plug (paying attention to polarity) because none of my UK-US adapters could handle the wide splay-ended blade on the original cord.


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