Is there a better, thicker power supply replacement?

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Is there a better, thicker power supply replacement?

Unread post by darrellskey » Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:46 am

The ONLY thing that I HATE about my MODX8 is the power cord. It’s so thin that it’s a matter of time before it bites the dust. One trip over it and it’s gone! Anyone know of a thicker replacement power supply?
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Re: Is there a better, thicker power supply replacement?

Unread post by Saul » Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:13 am

I have not looked at a replacement power adapter myself mainly because where the keyboard is situated puts the power lead out of harms way. Even so I have never needed a more sturdy power cord over the last 30 years or so. Never broken one. They may not look that strong but you would really have to exert some force in order to break one.

I am sure there are more robust power leads out there and as long as you match the voltage, amp draw and polarity it should work fine. Probably going to be a lot more expensive than the standard power adapter though, at least for a quality make anyway.
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Re: Is there a better, thicker power supply replacement?

Unread post by darrellskey » Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:59 pm

I understand but as an ACTIVE GIGGING musician, someone is always tripping over, stepping on, unplugging the wrong way, etc your gear. Imma have to find a thicker chord. I’m clumsy too on top of that lol. I’ve had chords like that on cheaper laptops and accessories and they just don’t last.
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Re: Is there a better, thicker power supply replacement?

Unread post by anotherscott » Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:26 pm

The power adapter is a surprising weakness in the MODX. Most other brands have gone to the better "lump in the middle" style of adapter, and even the ones that haven't don't seem to have wire as flimsy as Yamaha's. Still, with any of them, traveling with a spare is a good idea.
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Re: Is there a better, thicker power supply replacement?

Unread post by parametric » Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:07 pm

Those PSUs are the Bain of our lives - especially with a mobile rig.

When tripped-over, they can take out the coaxial socket that's soldered to the pcb.

The pcb will only stand "a few" re-solderings IME . . . .

At the Uni I worked at, this was a regular occurrence with the Sony DatMans . . .

TINY pcbs, TINY sockets . . . a nightmare.

Apple's magnetic proximity connector that they use on their laptops would be an ideal solution,

but it's probably highly "proprietary" and therefore a non-starter . . . . :roll:

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Re: Is there a better, thicker power supply replacement?

Unread post by Derek » Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:57 pm

Hi,

As a gigging musician, who DETESTS wall warts, the best advice I can give is to always ensure that you have a spare for the offending item. The very fact of having spare means you will not need it. ;) I still have a spare Roland FC300 PSU unopened in my emergency box, which has passed its tenth anniversary. As well as dedicated spares, I also have one of those generic multi-voltage warts, with the ability to swap connector. That one has bailed out so many of my gigging friends you would not believe it (well you might....)

And I am always paranoid about forgetting them, leaving them behind, so a spare or 2 is a must. E.g. my Roland FC300 MIDI foot controller: the original PSU has never left my studio but I gig with an extra unit, and spare, which have always stayed on my van, so unless I forget to take my van......

Fortunately, there's only a few of my stage items that have wall warts.

My even bigger pet hate than wall warts is those ones where you think you are buying from a UK store, but they give you an EU wart and some hideous UK adaptor that will never pass a safety muster and will fall apart in five mins. I am quickly on the supplier's case when I get those! To be fair most suppliers I have grumbled at when this happens, will send you the replacement free and not ask for the Heath Robinson lashup back, which goes into my emergency box as another spare! I know it might only last one gig (based on points made above, but it might save the gig!
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Re: Is there a better, thicker power supply replacement?

Unread post by redglass » Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:12 pm

darrellskey wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:46 am
The ONLY thing that I HATE about my MODX8 is the power cord. It’s so thin that it’s a matter of time before it bites the dust. One trip over it and it’s gone! Anyone know of a thicker replacement power supply?
A good point. The cheapest way to be save is to order one two 3rd party power supplies for the MODX.
In Europe you might buy them here:

https://www.thomann.de/gb/thomann_nt_12 ... ImVuIn0%3D

Good luck,

Bastian
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