Cables for 12v TV and satellite box

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Hi. Have had a satellite TV system for a while but TV and box run off 240v via transformers. I want to be able to run both off 12v or my merit sockets. I have been to Jcar and they do one but has heaps of fittings that will be discarded, is expensive and will have to change cigarette plugs to merits anyway. Jayco do a lead but plugs are wrong. Does anyone know where I can buy the lead or bits to make one please? Bet Dick Smiths had them!
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Reply By: Notso - Monday, May 09, 2016 at 13:39

Monday, May 09, 2016 at 13:39
I run mine off the cigarette lighter plugs. You can buy the made up cords at JCar still I think! When I got mine they had the correct size plug for the telly etc!
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Follow Up By: Member - Kirk L - Monday, May 09, 2016 at 13:44

Monday, May 09, 2016 at 13:44
Yeah Jcar do one but as I said you get about ten different adapters and I would still have to change to merit plugs as normal cig lighter ones are useless. The kit was $60 bucks plus the cost of the merit plug. I actually have hooked it up on the inverter now so it steps up to 240 then back down to 12 but not very efficient.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Monday, May 09, 2016 at 15:24

Monday, May 09, 2016 at 15:24
Cigarette lighter sockets, the good and expensive ones are not useless. Had them for ages and not one plug has dropped out and that's on the corrugated roads and tracks and all manner of rocky trips.

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Follow Up By: Member -Dodger - Monday, May 09, 2016 at 16:15

Monday, May 09, 2016 at 16:15
If you get marine type cigar outlets they have alocking system built in.
One plugs in the male fitting givs a slight turn and the plug is held firm.
Sutars is the brand name i think and they are available from Witworths and other ship chandlers plus many other outlets.

I have been using them for years without problems.

I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

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Follow Up By: Notso - Monday, May 09, 2016 at 16:18

Monday, May 09, 2016 at 16:18
I reckon this might be the one you're looking for.

12 Volt TV lead
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Follow Up By: Member - Kirk L - Monday, May 09, 2016 at 16:52

Monday, May 09, 2016 at 16:52
I use merit plugs and have had no problems. The standard ciggy sockets ARE useless. That however is not the point of this thread. I am trying to find a lead that fits TV one end and ciggy socket the other. Leads I know will come with standard ciggy plugs but I'm happy to change them over to merits.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kirk L - Monday, May 09, 2016 at 16:56

Monday, May 09, 2016 at 16:56
Thanks Notso. I think we are on the same page. I did however by one like that from jayco today but TV end is different. I think I might give that one a go. Thanks heaps.
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Reply By: Kazza055 - Monday, May 09, 2016 at 13:40

Monday, May 09, 2016 at 13:40
You could try Repco, I have purchased a few of the merrit plugs, they have a red ring that can be removed, the red ring allows it to fit a normal ciggy socket.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kirk L - Monday, May 09, 2016 at 13:47

Monday, May 09, 2016 at 13:47
Tried repco but they don't do anything with the TV plug. I have merit sockets that's why I wanted to use merit plugs as normal cig lighter ones are useless. The ones I have seen never have merit plugs. Thanks.
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Reply By: TomH - Monday, May 09, 2016 at 14:39

Monday, May 09, 2016 at 14:39
What size is the TV plug You could just buy the bits and make one Jaycar sell all the bits and half an hour with a soldering iron should fix it.
Jaycar have 15 different DC plugs ($1.95) and 3 different Merit plugs ($6.95) plus some wire
All up $12

Sadly, lately DS had very little in the way of "different" types of leads
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Follow Up By: Member - Kirk L - Monday, May 09, 2016 at 16:49

Monday, May 09, 2016 at 16:49
Well I went there today and all they could show me was the kit in the pack. As I said 60 bucks worth and you throw most of it away. Obviously they don't know what they are doing as I talked to the guy about getting bits and making and he said nothing.
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Follow Up By: TomH - Monday, May 09, 2016 at 17:18

Monday, May 09, 2016 at 17:18
Take your TV cable in with you and ask to see someone who knows what they are on about. Mostly Jaycar have knowledgeable staff so sounds like you got a muppet

The part numbers you probably want are Merit plug (with ciggy ferrule) PP-2094 $6.95 Page 477 in the catalogue.

The usual size power plug PP -0505 to 0512 depending on the diameter.
Page 225 in catalogue.

Wire WH-3079 $2.50m.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kirk L - Monday, May 09, 2016 at 17:55

Monday, May 09, 2016 at 17:55
Cheers for that. The muppet was talking to the expert who said same thing to use that kit. I did have cable with me and showed them. Maybe I will travel the 30 k each way back and tie him up with it till he does his job lol. I was just doing a trial run on my little inverter and it tripped out so yeah I will keep trying. Thanks again. Appreciated.
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Follow Up By: TomH - Monday, May 09, 2016 at 22:33

Monday, May 09, 2016 at 22:33
Which Jaycar was it There are some that are sort of agencies and only offer a limited stock. Our local one has just shifted into a huge shop and has the full catalogue. With the part numbers they should be able to get them.

Check your plug size with the ones in the book, will be one of them.
Remember most appliances use center positive when wiring up plugs. Should be marked on the original stepdown tranny anyway
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Monday, May 09, 2016 at 23:36

Monday, May 09, 2016 at 23:36
Try this one


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Follow Up By: Member - Kirk L - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 06:40

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 06:40
Mackay in Queensland. Big shop.
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Reply By: Jason M16 - Monday, May 09, 2016 at 20:21

Monday, May 09, 2016 at 20:21
Bought our 12v tv/DVD unit from Kogan and they sell the lead seperatly as well. Cig lighter to tv works a treat. Also operates on 240v
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Follow Up By: TomH - Monday, May 09, 2016 at 22:25

Monday, May 09, 2016 at 22:25
But he wants to run it with a MERIT plug as he said in the OP
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Reply By: Member - Kirk L - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 06:55

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 06:55
Thanks heaps for lots of great information guys. Wealth of knowledge on exploroz.
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 08:12

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 08:12
"DC Power" plugs come in a multitude of sizes, both O.D. and pin diameter, so you need to be very careful when selecting one to fit an appliance. Jaycar list 12 sizes.
And it can be difficult to identify the pin or I.D.

There is another way which may suit you Kirk..........
Cut the cable close to your 240v/12v "transformer". Fit an inline Merit socket (Jaycar PS-2096) to the cable of the transformer.
Fit a Merit plug (Jaycar PP-2090) to the cable going to the TV.
Fit a Merit panel socket (Jaycar PS-2092) to your 12v dc supply.
You will then be able to easily connect to your 12v dc battery supply or to your 240v transformer as required.
Be careful of maintaining polarities when connecting the cut cable to the Merit plugs.
Your Jaycar store should stock these items but could get them in if necessary.


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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 09:45

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 09:45
Quote "Fit a Merit panel socket (Jaycar PS-2092) to your 12v dc supply."

He already has the merit sockets installed. That is why he was resisting and ignoring the suggestions of using power leads with cigarette plugs in the replies above.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 09:52

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 09:52
You are so right Peter.
All the more reason to fit a Merit socket to his "transformer" as I proposed.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kirk L - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 10:40

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 10:40
Great idea mate. Thanks. All gone to shit today so will get onto when I can. My Navara is on tow truck. Think it's blown an oil cooler. Pumped all the oil into cooling system and then out everywhere. Bugger!
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 12:48

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 12:48
Sorry to hear that about the Navara Kirk.
Send me a Member Message if you need help when you get around to the TV plugs.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kirk L - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 13:00

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 13:00
Cheers mate. Think I'm pretty clear on what to do with cable. Already have merit sockets everywhere so just need to fit to current TV cable. Thanks again.
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