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Genderless Power Connector

  1. Jul 25, 2015 #1
    I have been trying, with no luck, to find a genderless keyless power connector for a project I am doing. The connector needs to function similar to a Macbook's magnetic power plug which can function both right side up and upside down. so 4 pins, (2 hot pins in the middle, and 2 ground pins on the either side) with only one pair of wires coming out the other side. Is the reason I can not find anything like this because it doesn't exist? or am I looking in all of the wrong places? any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Edit: I discovered, following posting this, the need to plug in both directions is not necessary, it just needs to be a hermaphroditic 4 pin connector, an example picture is posted below but the example picture depicts a fiber optic connector, is there something like this out there for electrical connections?
     
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  3. Jul 25, 2015 #2

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    Magsafe power connector is not genderless, but is reversible. You want a non-polarized power connector.
    It's not clear what your environment is. Is this an externally exposed, often plugged/unplugged connector?
     
  4. Jul 25, 2015 #3

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  5. Jul 25, 2015 #4
    of course, I forgot to mention that, it is externally exposed, minor water proofing would be ideal, and needs to be able to be unplugged/plugged semi frequently.
     
  6. Jul 25, 2015 #5
    actually, I just found a bunch of these, and these would absolutely work for my project if they were electrical plugs and not fiber optic plugs, I guess more importantly than being able to connect both directions would be that ALL plugs in the whole system could be identical and fit with each other in any configuration. completely modular. do you know of anything like this for power? does not have to be bigger than 12 gauge.
    http://www.foa-ltd.co.uk/HQM%204%20Channel%20Hermaphroditic%20Fibre%20Optic%20Connector%20White.jpg [Broken]
     
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  7. Jul 25, 2015 #6

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  8. Jul 25, 2015 #7
    Sorry if I confused you, my needs are a 4 pin hermaphroditic or genderless connector, disregard the need for it to be plugged in upside down as well as right side up, I thought that was necessary but it is not. the above picture depicts the ideal plug, however i can not find anything like it that is not a fiber optic connector. have you ever seen anything like that for electrical or data connections?
     
  9. Jul 25, 2015 #8

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    what do you mean by genderless? Those fiber optic connectors are gendered. There is a "pin" and "socket". Each end has 2 pins and 2 sockets. The mag safe is gendered.
     
  10. Jul 25, 2015 #9

    jim hardy

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    try adding "hermaphroditic" to your search
     
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