[rescue] SS Voyager cable info sought

Ron Wickersham rjw at alembic.com
Tue Aug 22 19:18:03 CDT 2006

On Tue, 22 Aug 2006, der Mouse wrote:


> > My power brick slides *into* the battery compartment on the Voyager.
> Yes, so do mine.  (Well, each one fits mechanically.  I haven't
> specifically tested to make sure each one works, though I know one
> works, ebcause I've run the machine that way.)
> > *If* this is the same power module that is used *externally* to
> > charge the battery, then obviously the connector that would normally
> > mate with the Voyager's internal connector has to connect to the
> > battery pack somehow.  (again, I don't have a battery so I can only
> > guess)  I assume a 1:1 cable *if* the battery has a similar connector
> > on the "exposed" end (i.e. the end that is accessible when the
> > battery is *installed* in Voyager).

no the battery has a single connector which is identical to the one on
the power supply and both the batter and power supply have the wire ring
on the other end to pull them out of the voyager.    the powersupply has
the "shaver" AC connector on the exposed end, but the battery is all
plastic on the end with the pull ring.

> Based on superficial examination (casual looking, not detailed
> examination), the connector on the battery pack, the connector on the
> mains power bricks, and the connector on the back of the machine are
> all identical.  The internal connector that the battery or mains brick
> mates with is presumably the same thing in the other sex.

this is correct.  the cable 530-2063-01 has two female connectors
(with the conductor strips on the top and bottom of the opening) while
the battery, powersupply and DC port on the rear of the voyager have
male connectors (with the central tongue which has conductor strips on
the top and bottom of the tongue).

the cable is wired 1:1, i.e. with both ends facing you with the cut
off corners used for polarization on top, the upper left contact on
one plug goes to the upper left contact and so forth down the line.
i also checked and there are no jumpers between contacts, and all ten
are wired thru on the cable (maybe they're not all needed but the
cable connects all ten).


> > I'm not sure I would call Voyager "portable" in the sense of using it
> > without Mains (i.e. on battery).
> Apparently it's supposed to have some two hours of battery life, which
> is certainly enough to be useful.

the battery here doesn't hold a charge, so needs new cells.  if you or
someone knows which cells to buy to rebuild the pack, i'd like to renew
the battery pack someday.


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