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3.5 mm jack cover
« on: February 03, 2013, 10:52:51 pm »
One C10 project in the works this winter is my GPS. I have so far rounded up a Garmin 765T and all the mounting hardware including a waterproof case. The one item I`ve had no luck sourcing is a 3.5 mm 3 pole outlet with a well designed waterproof spring hinge cover. Powerlet supplies a larger version for the power supply outlets that is a right design only not the right size. I have and will likely just use a 6" male to female corded extension so that when the 765t is sealed in the box I can plug my earbuds in.
Ideally I`d like to mount a permanent 3.5 mm headphone outlet through the bottom side of the Ram aquabox. I have a basic 3.5 mm outlet but am hesitant install it until I can get my hands on a outlet with a sprung cover.
Anyone know where one of these puppies can be found?

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Re: 3.5 mm jack cover
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2013, 07:52:58 pm »
Any reason you can't use the oversized jack, and just replace the plug on your cord with one that will fit the jack?

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Re: 3.5 mm jack cover
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2013, 11:53:00 pm »
I`d likely go that route but as far as I know they don't make a 3.5 mm jack or a 3 pole regular size headphone jack with cover, just power outlets that likely wouldn't quite do it plus they're spendy. Leaving a headphone adaptor on my earbuds would be no big deal.
There's gotta be one out there somewhere.

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Re: 3.5 mm jack cover
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2013, 03:44:36 am »
Yea, nothing with a spring-snap cover built in. Perhaps we need to find the cover independent of the jack itself - I've seen these cover types in the marine world, and my pickup actually has them on the cigarette sockets (so can be ordered from Honda at least).

Perhaps something like this could be modified (i.e. cut off the back/socket, leaving just the faceplate with cover, and mount over the socket).

http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=93923&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&storeId=11151&storeNum=50523&subdeptNum=50566&classNum=50570


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Re: 3.5 mm jack cover
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2013, 02:33:47 pm »
Check this out - a BMW-style power outlet with a hinged cover, for $13.99.

Looks like the cover is held on by a ring that's clamped by the nut on the outlet (so perhaps removable)
http://wingstuff.com/products/22604-bmw-style-socket-w-cover

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Re: 3.5 mm jack cover
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2013, 11:41:09 pm »
 Thanks for the research JimBob. That marine connector looks good as a replacement to my 2 pole connector that I installed last year for my truck led stoplights. i wanted a waterproof two pole connector that would separate in case I forgot to pull the connection in advance of removing the Givi truck from the rack, which is all the friggin' time ::)
The one I found is from a marine supply shop but unfortunately the rubber housing is already cracking.
The Beemer connector you posted is actually rebranded and from Powerlet. Their website lists a $7 spring hinged cover on it's own. Trouble is it way to big i.e. O.D. about 7/8" for the mounting area on the lip of the Aquabox. Something about 2/3 to 1/2 the size of that Powerlet cover is just what's needed.
I`ll do some more digging.

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Re: 3.5 mm jack cover
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2013, 03:46:29 am »
Yea, this is pretty frustrating.

Screw it - I'm buying a 3-D printer, so I can make whatever I want! :p

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Re: 3.5 mm jack cover
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2013, 05:55:32 pm »
Screw it - I'm buying a 3-D printer, so I can make whatever I want! :p

Nice!  I want to be the first my block to print up a C-10 from scratch. 

I would even print up overflow tubes already in the Carbs.  Sorry, Steve!  :-)
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Re: 3.5 mm jack cover
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2013, 06:56:53 pm »
Well a year of riding whistled by and I'm still searching for that elusive possibly non existant 3.5mm stereo socket with the all important cover a la Powerlet. This winters farkles include mounting one of said outlets flush below my left fairing pocket along with two Heat Trollers and Powerlet outlets for heated gear. I'm committed to old school audio set up, screw phone, intercom or 2 way... here's the basic plan.
Nolan N104 should arrive in a few days. Gonna install headphone speakers cannibalized from a broken but useable pair of semi-high end Sony headphones, try and mate those to the ear surrounding noise attenuating pads from a yet again broken pair of Peltor earmuffs. If it fits all this will lead to a flush mount 3.5mm waterproof jack placed in the N104 coms cover. 90 degree jack on coiled? cord to the Powerlet style covered outlet on the left inner fairing. To safe guard the cord and outlet against forgetting to disconnect a short 3" cord will hang from the outlet.This leads to an Amplirider mounted within the left fairing pocket along with an iPod remotely controlled via iJet. The volumn controller knob for the Amplirider will be through mounted flush to the pocket cover just north of the lock. A small yet mighty Sony AM/FM/Weather radio will be mounted on the pocket cover as well. GPS, iPod and radio all controlled by the Amplirider.
Now if I can only find the friggin' covered 3.5mm outlet... hint hint.
Anyone foresee issues with this plan?
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Re: 3.5 mm jack cover
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2013, 09:03:03 pm »
Lookin' fer a 3.5mm stereo female jack with waterproof cover? Good luck I went to the far ends of the internet searching and I seriously doubt it's made don't waste your time. So...I cobbled together a 3.5mm stereo input jack by sawing off the terminals on a standard flush mount Powerlet outlet and fitting the resulting aluminum barrel with a female to female thru jack. The fit is tight and some caulking will finish it up nicely. Pity to carve up a $20 Powerlet socket but on the plus side it should produce a nice match to the other outlets for heated gear also mounted on the left inner fairing.
Discovered and ordered a set of Quiet Ride ear muffs for the N104. A handy feature of the N104 in this regard is that the inner foam is multi-sectioned so that the ear sections are removable and more easily adaptable to the ear muff. I`m really hoping that the ear muffs will attenuate sufficiently to negate the need for ear plugs. They claim 18 dB reduction which is lower than good ear plugs 24-32 dB typically. If the muffs don't cut it on their own I`ll use loose ear plugs to knock down the remaining noise. I`ve developed mild Tinnitus which I partially attribute to riding with earbuds which leak a fair bit of bike noise. To that end I`ve made a new windshield from a pair yes a pair of used CeeBaileys and MadStad mounts. This version is longer overall and comes up very close to eye level in an effort to reduce helmet buffeting. It's a long way to spring testing but hey at least the winter solstice is history.
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