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Pappy

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Plug thingie
« on: December 22, 2012, 06:33:32 AM »
Have you guys and gals ever seen one of these?
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Pappy

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Re: Plug thingie
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2012, 06:35:23 AM »
Then INside, there's this thingie.  Any ideas?   ?-?  I assume it's some kinda fuse.



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Re: Plug thingie
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2012, 08:19:32 AM »
Filter capacitor for voltage surges?  If 30 years later could be a zener diode. Would have to be in series to be a fuse.

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Re: Plug thingie
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2012, 09:21:28 AM »
Looks homemade... or modified.  Capacitor to remove noise?

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Re: Plug thingie
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2012, 11:04:38 AM »
I would guess with a capacitor of some type. A few weeks or so ago I was watching this ebay clock (Hammond Solar clock) that had a antenna connection on the back.  ???
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Solar-Power-Solar-Electric-Shelf-Clock-Right-2x-a-Day-Gorgeous-Patina-/110990406797?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19d78b348d

I researched it and found something explaining how the set up worked. Now I cant find that article... wish I could cause it explained how it worked..... but here is a similar post from the ncwcc site. http://mb.nawcc.org/showthread.php?67510-Hammond-Solar-Clock

 I guess it may use the same principal but in a plug end.  ?-?

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Re: Plug thingie
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2012, 07:04:43 PM »
I don't think it's home-made because what would be the point of a plug-in-a-plug?
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Re: Plug thingie
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2012, 07:45:37 PM »
Resistor to run a lower voltage plug - in - night light ?

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Re: Plug thingie
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2012, 08:45:32 PM »
If it was in the bottom of a box of old Christmas lights. (a flasher or blinker plug?) or maybe as OTF said "to run a lower voltage plug."
 I wont sleep til this plug is ID'd .
 
(shoot take it to the neighbors house and plug it in their exterior outlet and see what happens)  :-*

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Re: Plug thingie
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2012, 11:06:13 PM »
Did you ever figure out what the plug thingie was ?

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Re: Plug thingie
« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2012, 04:36:05 AM »
It's not a light blinker.  That's all I know. 
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Re: Plug thingie
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2013, 04:44:37 AM »
Yes, it's a capacitor inside. That and the metal housing was an attempt to reduce RF noise.
Perhaps it was used with some appliance that was a real generator of radio "hash" like the currently made touch lamps. By the mid-1950's the FCC was cracking down on such radio noise making devices and makers attempted various schemes to reduce the electrical noise. Of course, the reverse is also a possibility, that the capacitor was filtering out AC line noise from getting INTO the device.

The capacitor is placed across the AC line. It can't be a flasher unit - that would create a dead short.

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Re: Plug thingie
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2013, 09:29:14 AM »
Actually, the housing was just bakelite but I believe your answer.  thanks!
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