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I've had to replace 2 Power Cords for my Minelab 3500 and was wondering if you could make your own. I know the connectors are the same as what you find on a Ham Radio, but what about the Cable/Cord itself? Does anybody have any advice on where I might find a heavy duty 4 wire cable that would work with the Minelabs with no problems? I've been looking at Microphone extensions for Ham Radio's but I'm not sure if the wire is heavy duty anuf. Thanks in advanced for any positive input! Thanks!

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I've had to replace 2 Power Cords for my Minelab 3500 and was wondering if you could make your own. I know the connectors are the same as what you find on a Ham Radio, but what about the Cable/Cord itself? Does anybody have any advice on where I might find a heavy duty 4 wire cable that would work with the Minelabs with no problems? I've been looking at Microphone extensions for Ham Radio's but I'm not sure if the wire is heavy duty anuf. Thanks in advanced for any positive input! Thanks!

I would think you could dissect one of the old cords you replaced and find what size and type wire is used in the cord and go from there to make your own, that's what I would do if I had to make one.

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I,ve made a buch of the 4 pin cords, not hard to do. I used a good heavy duty speaker wire from Radioshack, and the connectors are around $4.00, and the boots are a couple of bucks. Grubstake

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Mariposagoldbag,

I have gone through a few cords, and even built my own. You might find it better to just purchase one from Bill. By the time you find all the parts, and by the time you get them, and pay for shipping and all the time involved in building it, I found to be a pain in the butt. Not only that, its never the same quality as a new one from minelab. You can lookup 4 pin microphone jacks online, and a lot of times the cb stores have the curly coil cable.

Dave

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Thanks Gary, I remember you telling me about making my own. As you can guess, I've already abused the power cord I got from you...I keep getting hung up in the brush...lol I just wasnt sure if the wires needed to be something specific, speaker wire huh?

Doland Dave, so the CB Microphone cables would do the trick!? Thanks!

Bill, how much are you charging for a 4 pin power cord? Thanks!

Thanks everyone for all the help!

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Buy a new one and a spare. Spend the time it would have taken to build one out detecting to pay for the new one. I have taken a new cord and put silicone over the soldered conections and taped the wires and it has lasted longer than the heavy duty cord.

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I just want you to understand this
there are the stock factory cords
and there are heavy duty also available the heavy dutys are much thicker and tougher than the thin stock ones.
And if your problems are getting hung up on obsticles I would say get the heavy duty replacement for sure.

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For anyone interested... I was able to use a Ham Radio Microphone Cord for a power cord on my Minelab 3500. The wires on the cord are pretty small and fragile so I don't count on it lasting to long, but it did work.

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I've made a few of them using Monster wire (Google it) ... Pain in the butt ... Better off buying them from Bill IMHO ... cheers, Unc

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