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Offline Stuart Mellor

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Futaba Ext Leads
« on: 14, July 2017, 07:39:10 PM »

Anyone know of a good source of genuine Futaba ext leads? (or good equivalent)


Genuine Futaba are very expensive starting at approx. £3.95 for the shortest.


Have just bought some cheap from r********s  but they won't even connect to themselves properly without jamming. Not worth the risk.


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Offline Nigel Armstrong

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Re: Futaba Ext Leads
« Reply #1 on: 14, July 2017, 08:24:42 PM »
I had the same problem myself Stuart with some extension leads off eBay. Genuine Futaba for me too. Kings Lynn models And Dumfries model flying usually have what I need.

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Re: Futaba Ext Leads
« Reply #2 on: 14, July 2017, 09:19:59 PM »

Nigel -  hmmmm. From my experience 'futaba' extension leads doesn't mean genuine Futaba.


If its too cheap or doesn't say genuine Futaba - it probably isn't!




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Re: Futaba Ext Leads
« Reply #3 on: 14, July 2017, 09:56:08 PM »
Powerbox premium servo cable and DIY.
About £7 for 5 metres.

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Re: Futaba Ext Leads
« Reply #4 on: 14, July 2017, 11:05:48 PM »
Hi Stuart

Steve Webb Models stock genuine Futaba extension leads and have the heavy duty ones.

Each one is individually packed with the orange Futaba packaging.

They sell various makes of Futaba extension leads, including ones made by Futaba or as they put it
"genuine Ripmax Futaba product".

Can only concur with your thoughts.

Mike

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Re: Futaba Ext Leads
« Reply #5 on: 15, July 2017, 08:27:36 PM »

Thanks Mike, Alan & Nigel.


Yes got some from Steve Webb -'genuine Futaba'.


Basic Rule: If you are buying 'futaba ' leads for 90p - its probably not genuine Futaba.


That said, there's got to be a manufacturer/supplier out there makes leads for Futaba (cheap), places them in nice packets & thinks of an inflated price!  Someone will know that source of supply.



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Re: Futaba Ext Leads
« Reply #6 on: 21, July 2017, 09:27:56 AM »
It doesn't take that many leads to get to the cost of a proper (ratchet) crimping tool and for total peace of mind I test mine, bought and DIY, by measuring the resistance of the connection under extreme (brief 10A) load

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Re: Futaba Ext Leads
« Reply #7 on: 21, July 2017, 05:48:00 PM »
Couldn't agree more. I've not used a premise lead for years. It's nice to have them exactly the right length instead of having to bunch up the excess.


I've used Hansen Hobbies in the US for wire, connectors and their custom products such as Y lead pc boards. http://www.hansenhobbies.com/products/connectors/


Here's an Sbus setup for a 2m model with a pc board mounted connector for the rudder servo


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Re: Futaba Ext Leads
« Reply #8 on: 21, July 2017, 05:49:03 PM »
That was pre-made lead!


Blinking iPhone!


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Re: Futaba Ext Leads
« Reply #9 on: 21, July 2017, 07:57:23 PM »

Whatever works!
Personally - can't imagine going to the trouble of making up leads when I could get quality made up leads.


S-bus for 2m F3-A models. What's the advantage? 


Sorry (back in the cave)
« Last Edit: 21, July 2017, 08:13:25 PM by Stuart Mellor »

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Re: Futaba Ext Leads
« Reply #10 on: 21, July 2017, 10:05:00 PM »
Weight of the harness plus the ability to program servo neutrals accurately and match their throws precisely.


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Re: Futaba Ext Leads
« Reply #11 on: 21, July 2017, 10:08:11 PM »
Ok - but does it all depend on a single receiver socket? If so  - back to my square 1!

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Re: Futaba Ext Leads
« Reply #12 on: 21, July 2017, 11:18:20 PM »
No not really my hidden onboard GPS enabled autopilot takes over and brings the model back and lands it in the event of any failure. (Curses I've given away my secrets!😂)


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Re: Futaba Ext Leads
« Reply #13 on: 22, July 2017, 07:15:31 PM »
The truth at last!