Longer Talon SRX Data Cables

Does anyone know where I might find longer Talon SRX Data Cables to buy? Vex and CTR currently only offer the 12" length. I think they are called 10 Pin IDC cables but I am having a hard time finding them online.

I was actually just talking to John Novak about this earlier this morning. From what he was saying, it’s a bad idea to extend them you’re better off running the encoder cables back to the breakout board.

Hopefully Omar can hop in here and verify this.

Another possibility is to relocate the SRX closer to the sensor. Unless the sensor is far away from the route from the PDP to the motor, it may reduce wire losses overall.

I’ve been emailing back and forth with Paul Copioli on this exact topic.

What I was suggesting was that Cross The Road make female breakout boards that can plug directly into the SRX and encoder so that we could solder our own wires between the two without the need for a ribbon cable. Paul, as I understand it, was thinking people would just make their own ribbon cables. I’ve suggested they publish a list of parts and a Youtube video for doing that because my previous experience with making my own 30 gauge ribbon cables has not been a positive one.

We have extended them just fine with the digi key cables recommended in another thread http://www.chiefdelphi.com/forums/showthread.php?t=143159

We made our own ribbon cables with this cable and these connectors. It’s the first time we’ve tried to make ribbon cables, but it turned out to be really easy. We’ve done some preliminary testing on the robot and everything is working fine so far.

We made our own ribbon cables with this cable and these connectors. It’s the first time we’ve tried to make ribbon cables, but it turned out to be really easy. We’ve done some preliminary testing on the robot and everything is working fine so far.

Did you just use a vice to clamp the connector or use some other method? 30 gauge wires just seem tricky to hit but maybe I’m over thinking it.

We just used a mini vice with flat jaws. The connectors have grooves for the wires, so it was pretty easy to get things aligned properly and crimped.

Omar and Mike… you’re both getting bright pink t-shirts that say “I like ribbons” if 900 gets back to St Louis again this year. I love these encoders but I hate these cables.

The ribbon cables aren’t my preferred choice, but they work… We just extend the wires connected to the breakout boards and use the ribbon cables sold on the CTRE website.

Hello 1389 here,
We have been ditching the short data cables and we are now using this ribbon cable: http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/3756%2F10%20100/ME10G-100-ND/3867658
And these ends: http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/3230-10-0101-00/1175-1645-ND/3883465
Just make sure that you orient the ends the same way that the data cable ends are or else the encoders will not get power. (We went through a lot of debugging before we figured this out)

Hope this was helpful