Like a Lemo connnector (but cheaper)??

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I'm looking for a suitable connector to break the ISP and some debug pins out from a device. I'd love to use a multi-pin Lemo connector, ie:

They are small, robust, and have high quality contacts. As this breakout won't be used very much (coms / s/w updates are over CAN) this seems like a huge extravagance when you consider the cost of those connectors! But, when it is needed, that connection must work and be robust.

So, has anyone found a similar connector that is cheaper, or am i going to have to "pay the price" for a quality solution??

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Don't know if You can use this but try

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Can you be more specific? Would a simple pin header work, or is this going to get beat up on? Does it need to have a cap on it? Does it need to be waterproof? Both when mated and unmated? Does it need to be keyed? Is this going to be attached to a panel?

Give examples of what you've looked at and why it will or won't work please.

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Hirose have a similar style connector series: HR-10 I believe. Like Lemo, they also wreak of quality and have a price to match but may be a bit cheaper. They also have a plastic version that I think may be water resistant when mated and is definitely cheaper again. Still, quite a luxury as an ISP connector.

Can you possibly share a connector between ISP and something else you need external connect? ie, have a few extra pins on an existing connector rather than another one?

Steve

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Thanks guys, i will take a look at those ;-)

I'm currently wondering if i could get away with a simpler internal connector that is accessable from behind a "door" in the enclosure? Perhaps a moulded silicon plug sort of thing that gets pulled out and that way i could have a cheap, small 8 way SMC right angled header behind it etc?

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Silicon might be a bit brittle, silicone might be more the go.

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Always wondered why they called the rubber stuff "Silicone." Oh, because it contains silicon in the polymer.

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Milspecwest has cheap LEMO replacements. They are interchangeable, seem to be made well, and much much cheaper! I think they are on eBay and Amazon but if you call the number on their website- they have great deals when you buy in bulk.

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Are you just going through waking up every old thread which mentions a connector requirement?

 

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So, should I go to MILSPECWEST for all my connector requirements??