Commodore 64 power jack?

Tony Duell ard at
Fri Aug 10 16:42:02 CDT 2007

>   > And then there's that "mini-" stuff that seems so prevalent these days.
> I hate those connectors with a passion, they're so small that they're almost

So do I. One of the worst jobs I ever had to do was 'edit' the wiring on 
a 9 pin Mini-DIN. 

I don't know why they're so widely used [1]. The don't (IMHO) make 
reliable contact, the solder-type plugs are often too large to fit into a 
socket that was intended for a moulded one, they have nothing to recomend 

[1] Equally I don't see this love of making everything so darn small in 
the first place. A _little_ larger (say using full-size BINs rather than 
mini-DINs) would make no difference in almost all cases.

> impossible to solder up. And half the time you spend so long trying to
> solder to the pins that you end up melting the buggers....gah! :-(

Where I can, I buy the plug-to-open-end cables (or plug-to-plug and cut 
them in half) from companies like RS components. Expensive, but it saves 
a lot of four-letter words...


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