Originally Posted by paxskipper
I am going to be starting on a new build and want to put lights in the wing. There will be two LEDs on each wing tip, thus in addition to the flap and aileron connections there will be 4 pairs for the LEDs. I'm looking for a more reasonable approach then individual connectors to be mated each time I assemble the wing to the fuselage.
Thanks in advance
I've standardized on this connector for my A123 balance connectors, along with using this same connector on my two giant scale models. These connectors are available from 2 pins to over 20 pins per connector. The plastic shells are locking type, requiring releasing a plastic lock to separate. Nice for model aircraft. I've been using the cheaper pins, but they also have gold plated pins available. My two giant scale models use the 9 pin connectors, with three pins for the aileron servo, three pins for the flap servo on each wing.
The mating connector is wired to the corresponding servo connectors that plug into the receiver, on one end. The other end plugs into the individual servos them selves. With this setup, there are three blank pins. The left wing has the three blank pins in the middle of the connector, the right wing has the three blank pins on one end. So, accidentally crossing the two connectors will result in one servo not working. Easily checked when putting your model's wings on. Mine have the aileron servo pin location the same on both wings, with the flap servo in the center, and right locations for the wings. So, even if you criss cross the connectors, and not notice it, the aileron servo will still work.
This supplier is www.digikey.com
, who sells to anyone with a credit card. Their catalog is some three inches thick, with around 100 pages devoted to connectors alone!
FYI, I've been using these connectors for some 5 years, with zero issues or problems. They do require a quality crimping tool to assemble however.
Take a look:
Battery Balance Cable Thread
A bit more info on this series of connector: