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Phantom 2 Connectors

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Discussion' started by goldfishrock, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. goldfishrock

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    Hi, I was wondering if anyone was able to help? I am just awaiting the arrival of my Phantom 2 and have been looking at the various wiring options for hooking up an ImmersionRC VTx with a IOSD Mini. It then occurred to me to see if anyone had manufactured their own custom cable using the correct connectors and I came across a couple on various websites however they are out of stock.

    So I decided to make my own but rather than just cutting and soldering cables I thought it would be nicer (more reliable) to use the correct connectors so I can make a single bespoke cable. I’ve identified the correct connectors for the ImmersionRC unit however haven’t been able to positively identify the connector that is on the end of the video cable that plugs into the Phantom 2's main board and the one on the video port of the IOD Mini.

    Can anybody suggest what plug types these are?

    Many thanks in advance.
     

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  2. goldfishrock

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    I'm posting this as information for anyone else who may be interested. After a lot of digging I was able to answer my own question. The connectors used extensively by DJI are the Molex Picoblade 51021 Series. They are in the Phantom, Phantom 2 and IOSD Mini and presumably all of their other products.

    Individual Specifications:
    The connector for the ‘CAM’ (on Phantom 2) is a Molex 51021-0500 (5-Way)
    UK: http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/products/4476580/
    US: http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/0510210500/WM1723-ND/242845

    The IOSD Mini connector is a Molex 51021-0400 (4-Way)
    UK: http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/products/2799162/
    US: http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/0510210400/WM1722-ND/242844

    Pins for both are Molex 50058-8000:
    UK: http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/products/6706414/
    US: http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/0500588000/WM1775CT-ND/242897

    Or you can buy pre-crimped with leads:
    UK: http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/products/2799516/
    US: http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/0500588000/WM2319-ND/

    ImmersionRC / Fatshark Transmitters use two types, one for the signal (5-way) and one for power (2-way):
    2-Way
    UK: http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/pcb-connector-housings/6795928/
    US: http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/0050579402/WM2900-ND/115029

    5-Way
    UK: http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/pcb-connector-housings/6795921/
    US: http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/0050579405/WM2903-ND/115035

    Pins:
    UK: http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/products/6706293/
    US: http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/0016020088/WM2564CT-ND/1656206

    AVL58 Transmitter uses a Molex 51021-0800 (8-Way):
    UK: http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/pcb-connector-housings/2799184/
    US: http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/0510210800/WM1726-ND/242848
    Pins: Same as the other Molex connectors
     

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  3. wpruitt

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    This info is very helpful. Thanks!

    Warren
     
  4. djiatl

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    This is extremely helpful!!! Thank You!
     
  5. krb

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    This is fantastic information, thanks!
     
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    Great suggestion. Are these the wire to board category of Molex?
     
  7. goldfishrock

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    Yes, indeed. They term them 'Wire to board recepticles". Crimping the pins is challenging!

    Glad the info was useful :mrgreen:
     
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    Goldfishrock rocks!
    Thanks for the info!
     
  9. djiatl

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    Goldfish - will you take some photos of your install!

    Very interested in following your lead!
     
  10. krb

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    Before reading this post, I was trying to get DJI or a reseller to sell me the replacement "video" cable for the non-vision P2. So far that conversation has gone like this (this isn't verbatim, I've edited to try and make it funnier, but it's close to the real conversation).


    Talking to DroneFly (yes, I'm aware of their spotty history, but it's where I got my P2 originally)
    Me: "Do you have this cable? I'd like to buy a few."
    DF: "We don't have it. Only DJI has it. Contact them."
    Me: "Ok, can I get a contact from you, that might go better than just trying to email info@dji.com"
    DF: "I would reach out to as many emails as possible."
    DF: <a few minutes later> "sales@dji.com"


    Talking to DJI (I picked several US and Non-US info/sales/support emails)
    Me: "HI, I'd like to be several spares of this particular cable, can you sell it?"
    DJI: "Which vendor you get your P2 from?"
    Me: "Dronefly, but they said they didn't have it and I should contact you."
    DJI: "Can you take a picture of this cable?" (Finally getting somewhere! My description sucked, they wanted to be sure we were talking about the same thing)
    Me: "Umm, I kind of can't get to my P2 for a day or two, But in figure 1-3 at the bottom of page 4 of the manual, it's called 'Video Cable'"

    <silence for 3 days>

    Me: "Ping. Is anyone there?"
    <Up until now I got a response from only a single email this time I got three responses from the others who were cc'd on this thread>
    DJI x 3: "We don't sell direct. You must buy from your dealer. If your dealer doesn't have it yet, pre-order."
    Me: <sigh>

    Also, as part of that response, someone mentioned the "vision" cable. I'm pretty sure I've seen a "vision cable set" for sale, but I can't confirm it contains the NON-VISION video cable. I suspect it doesn't. I'm just going to buy from digikey using the info in this thread.
     
  11. goldfishrock

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    I've come across a couple of companies in the UK who do 'plug & play' cables for AVL58 & ImmersionRC / Fatshark vTX that include the IOSD wiring however all were out of stock and vague about when they may get more in, hence my journey into the very confusing world of PCB connectors!

    You may want to think about getting the 'precrimped' pins (http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/0500588000/WM2319-ND/) as the normal ones are so fiddly to crimp up, even with a tool built to crimp the Picoblades.
     
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    I taked to FirstpersonView.co.uk yesterday and they said they have a large shipment of "plug & play" cables coming in this week from Taiwan. I have the "ImmersionRC 600mw - Fatshark - iOSD mini" cable on order.

    LG
     
  13. djiatl

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    goldfish,

    Would we need four pre-crimped wires with leads?

    Also it looks like the pre-crimped wire only comes in red.

    Thanks!
     
  14. goldfishrock

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    You would need four for the connector to the Phantom 2 and if you are wiring in an IOSD you'd need another four for that connector. However if you are going down the pre-crimped route you may as well use the pigtails that are supplied with the stock Phantom and IOSD Mini (if you've still got them), solder them up as per the diagram and don't forget to put heat-shrink over the soldered connections.

    Yeah, I've scoured the net looking for other colours but they only come in red :(

    In answer to your question in an earlier post I'll put some pics up the next time I open my P2 up. I've got a Futaba receiver to fit soon....
     
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    if i am not wrong the CAM port uses 6 i think is 51021-0600
     
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    I found these plug and play cables reasonably priced in the U.S for 9.99
    Video Cable for Phantom2 with DJI iOSD Mini & Zenmuse (ImmersionRC ~ FatShark)
    http://www.dpcav.com/xcart/Video-Ca...SD-Mini-and-Zenmuse-ImmersionRC-FatShark.html
    and
    Video Cable for Phantom2 with DJI iOSD Mini & Zenmuse (Flysight ~ Boscam ~ Foxtech)
    http://www.dpcav.com/xcart/Video-Ca...Mini-and-Zenmuse-Flysight-Boscam-Foxtech.html