Banana plugs! what to get



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Banana plugs! what to get

Postby Confuzzled » Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:49 am

Hey all,

I’m looking on amazon at banana plugs and sockets for a circuit bend project. was wondering if anyone had any experience with them? or had recommendations on what to get?
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Re: Banana plugs! what to get

Postby crochambeau » Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:27 am

I like the Johnson/Cinch panel connector (like these: https://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Jo ... clhTyEUpND) and for cable it's hard to beat a Pomona.

4mm is the "normal" size.

If you want to go "best bang for buck" and do not care that it will be improbable to install them in a neat and clean looking manner, these are nice: https://www.ebay.com/itm/50-Set-4-0mm-4 ... SwjKFZP5TH

There's probably something similar on Amazon... avoid single spring units like the plague.
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Re: Banana plugs! what to get

Postby Confuzzled » Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:44 am

crochambeau wrote:I like the Johnson/Cinch panel connector (like these: https://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Jo ... clhTyEUpND) and for cable it's hard to beat a Pomona.

4mm is the "normal" size.

If you want to go "best bang for buck" and do not care that it will be improbable to install them in a neat and clean looking manner, these are nice: https://www.ebay.com/itm/50-Set-4-0mm-4 ... SwjKFZP5TH

There's probably something similar on Amazon... avoid single spring units like the plague.


what's a single spring unit? also what the hell is on that eBay page? are those the plugs that have to be attached to the wire? what are those shafts? I'm looking for the sockets and the cables to complete the circuit bends.
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Re: Banana plugs! what to get

Postby crochambeau » Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:15 am

Confuzzled wrote:what's a single spring unit?


Look at the metal shaft of whatever part you are considering, here is a bad one to guide you: http://futurlec.com/Plugs/BNNSTKRpr.shtml

Confuzzled wrote:[also what the hell is on that eBay page? are those the plugs that have to be attached to the wire? what are those shafts? I'm looking for the sockets and the cables to complete the circuit bends.


Sorry, when I'm in DIY I make the assumption that soldering up your own wires is fair game. Those shafts are the female/jack component of the connector and yes, the plugs would require soldering to wire to make a cable (so would the jacks).
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Re: Banana plugs! what to get

Postby Corey Y » Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:26 pm

Last time I needed banana plugs was for when I still had passive studio monitors. I went down to Best Buy and they had some that didn't need soldering, they were for speaker wire and had a screw on connection that crimped the braided wire. I think they were just Rocketfish brand or something similar, generic AV connector parts brand. Worked fine for years without issues.
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Re: Banana plugs! what to get

Postby Confuzzled » Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:09 pm

crochambeau wrote:
Confuzzled wrote:what's a single spring unit?


Look at the metal shaft of whatever part you are considering, here is a bad one to guide you: http://futurlec.com/Plugs/BNNSTKRpr.shtml

Confuzzled wrote:[also what the hell is on that eBay page? are those the plugs that have to be attached to the wire? what are those shafts? I'm looking for the sockets and the cables to complete the circuit bends.


Sorry, when I'm in DIY I make the assumption that soldering up your own wires is fair game. Those shafts are the female/jack component of the connector and yes, the plugs would require soldering to wire to make a cable (so would the jacks).


No worries. I really appreciate the responses, you've all helped me avoid many a trip to the dr. and needless co-pays. I saw some of the stackable plugs on amazon as well. Am I understanding right that you can plug a plug into the top portion of a plug thus making another connection?
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Re: Banana plugs! what to get

Postby crochambeau » Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:24 pm

Confuzzled wrote:Am I understanding right that you can plug a plug into the top portion of a plug thus making another connection?


Yes, stackable make for as many connections to one point as you need.
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