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Old March 21st, 2012
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Hi everyone -

I'd like to start a thread discussing the little plastic connector at the end of the power cord. It's an RJ-11 connector, the same connector at the end of a standard phone cord.

The RJ-11 connector is quick and easy, but it has one "Achilles Heel". The locking snap on the connector breaks easily, and when it breaks, the connector won't stay in the socket of the RD.

For me, I can easily fix the power cable. Just snip off the damaged connector, use a multimeter to get the pin-outs, and then crimp on a new RJ-11. Anyone can buy replacement RJ-11 connectors and crimpers at their local electronics shop. But I wonder how many of us have ran into the same thing I have.

Have any of you broken the retention clip on the RJ-11 connector on your power cords?

I'd like to suggest that the Escort engineering team consider changing the power connector on future models to something more rugged and dependable. I have to wonder how many power cords had to be replaced by Escort owing to the breaking of the retention clip. I wonder how it impacts the company's profitability?

In my opinion, I think that the use of the RJ-11 clip is the single weakest point of the design of any windshield-mounted Escort Radar Detector.

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Hi everyone -

I'd like to start a thread discussing the little plastic connector at the end of the power cord. It's an RJ-11 connector, the same connector at the end of a standard phone cord.

The RJ-11 connector is quick and easy, but it has one "Achilles Heel". The locking snap on the connector breaks easily, and when it breaks, the connector won't stay in the socket of the RD.

For me, I can easily fix the power cable. Just snip off the damaged connector, use a multimeter to get the pin-outs, and then crimp on a new RJ-11. Anyone can buy replacement RJ-11 connectors and crimpers at their local electronics shop. But I wonder how many of us have ran into the same thing I have.

Have any of you broken the retention clip on the RJ-11 connector on your power cords?

I'd like to suggest that the Escort engineering team consider changing the power connector on future models to something more rugged and dependable. I have to wonder how many power cords had to be replaced by Escort owing to the breaking of the retention clip. I wonder how it impacts the company's profitability?

In my opinion, I think that the use of the RJ-11 clip is the single weakest point of the design of any windshield-mounted Escort Radar Detector.
I'm not really sure if that's going to work or not but my opinion on that is I would buy a new power cord it's only going to cost you $35.00.

Plus you don't want to take the chance wiring something wrong and shorting out your radar detector and having a heat shrink on your power cord I would pay $35.00 than taking a chance detroying my radar detector.
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Azkikr04, thanks for the reply. I appreciate your feedback.

A six-pin RJ-11 connector costs under 5 cents apiece. I can easily replace a broken one (as I wrote in my original post). But why does it make sense to have to spend $35 if the retention clip breaks? This makes no sense to me.

I'll continue to replace the clips as they break, but I would like Escort to use a different conector that is more rugged.
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I've been using detectors with this kind of connection since 2005 and have never broken one. The only way it should break is if you bend it the clip part in wrong direction.
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What about installing a protective "boot" around back end of the RJ11 plug to protect the clip? Similar to the ones they install on RJ45 plugs on network patch cords. Don't know if they make one that small for the RJ11 but worth a shot!
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I've been using detectors with this kind of connection since 2005 and have never broken one. The only way it should break is if you bend it the clip part in wrong direction.
Yes, you're right. Someone has to bend the retention clip the wrong way. And that could easily happen accidentally while removing the power cord from its travel case. I'm glad that you haven't broken one, but I'll bet that others have.
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What about installing a protective "boot" around back end of the RJ11 plug to protect the clip? Similar to the ones they install on RJ45 plugs on network patch cords. Don't know if they make one that small for the RJ11 but worth a shot!
Great idea. But I'm not sure how to install it on the cable after the fact. I think that it would have to be manufactured that way. And, like you, I'm not sure where to find them (if they are even made).
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Azkikr04, thanks for the reply. I appreciate your feedback.

A six-pin RJ-11 connector costs under 5 cents apiece. I can easily replace a broken one (as I wrote in my original post). But why does it make sense to have to spend $35 if the retention clip breaks? This makes no sense to me.

I'll continue to replace the clips as they break, but I would like Escort to use a different conector that is more rugged.
You're welcome I was not trying offend you or anything like that to me it's a lot easier just buy a new power cord than rewiring or putting a new clip on it.

I owned my 9500IX since Oct 2011 and use it on 4 diffrent vehices so far I have not ran in to that problem.

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You're welcome I was not trying offend you or anything like that to me it's a lot easier just buy a new power cord than rewiring or putting a new clip on it.

I owned my 9500IX since Oct 2011 and use it on 4 diffrent vehices so far I have not ran in to that problem.

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No offense taken. But I have come up with an interim solution for now. My main concern is taking the power cable out of the carrying case, and getting the retention clip "hung up" on another part of the cable, snapping it off. I'm in IT, and I've seen the retention clip being broken off on the RJ-45 Ethernet connectors, and the same thing can happen to the clip on the RJ-11. So my interim solution is to get a phone-cord coupler (typically used to connect two shorter phone cords to extend the length), and keep it on the end of the SmartCord while stored in the case.

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I have never broken one of these connectors used on anything. They are used because of the solid connection that they provide and to break one easily then you must be simulating a gorilla in the old Samsonite commercials.
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