Subject: Re: Vax 4000/200 Tech Questions
To: None <>
From: Dave McGuire <>
List: port-vax
Date: 04/28/2002 17:15:30
On April 28, Henry R. Bent wrote:
> 1. Power connection.  The socket looks like it would take a standard power
> cord but it's got a piece of plastic blocking the top.  In all my boxes it
> seems to be the one thing I'm missing.  Can I scrape some plastic out of the
> top of a regular power cord and use it?  The power rating does say 11.2A at
> 120V so perhaps DEC is just making sure you use a safe power cord.

  This thing will draw nowhere near 11A...this is typical the DEC
overspec dance.  Mine draws like 3A peak.  But anyway, that power
connector is a high-current IEC that is used on lots of
things...smaller VAXen, big Cisco routers, stuff like that.  There's
an even beefier one, square with three parallel blade pins, that is
used on SGI Challenge and Onyx deskside cabinets.  They're the same
family as the ordinary power cables that everything else uses, just
beefier.  They shouldn't be too difficult to find.


Dave McGuire                                 "Mmmm.  Big."
St. Petersburg, FL                                -Den