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RTI pigtails
This thread has 17 replies. Displaying posts 16 through 18.
Post 16 made on Monday December 17, 2007 at 22:10
Active Member
July 2003
We normally use Xantech emitters and have never had problems not using the pigtails. We did however run out of stock and had to use Niles MF1 emitters and when I plugged them into the RP6, the smoke came out of the flasher and I can't get it to go back in. I haven't taken the time to see if the Niles units are slightly longer than Xantechs but I would gues they were just barely touching the 12v+ in the jack.
Post 17 made on Tuesday December 18, 2007 at 01:59
Ernie Bornn-Gilman
Yes, That Ernie!
December 2001
I look at it this way. RTI discovered a problem after they had settled on the manufacturing process of the RP6 and they fixed it by making and supplying these pigtails. They are hokey but they make the thing work correctly and, in the words of an old radio amateur I once knew, they fulfill the commandment "Tune for Minimum Smoke."

Compare URC, who received one product, I can't remember which, where engineering forgot to plug a competitor's IR emitter into it, so they never noticed that the offshore manufacturer had used 2.5 mm jacks instead of 3.5 mm jacks. URC people told me at a training that it was a mistake. I noted at the time that the solution would have been to make pigtails that adapt from 2.5 mm to 3.5 mm. Their solution was to do nothing. I don't know if they even put a warning in the box. I DO know that I've read installers here complain that they were on a job site and found that their other emitters wouldn't fit in the URC piece.

So I'm happy to just use the pigtails. Perhaps the XP8 is being delayed because they had a similar SNAFU and instead of enduring complaints about pigtails, they decided to just take the amount of time needed to get the XP8 right. I started that rumor right here and now and it's not true, but the pigtails are a good thing. Use 'em every time.
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Post 18 made on Tuesday February 19, 2019 at 18:26
Junior Member
July 2018
Sorry to dig up an old thread.
I hit this issue myself and fried some Niles emitters.
I wanted to thank those who posted here.
I also wanted to contribute and share an image I made that illustrates the issue.
The Niles emitter is slightly longer and therefore would hit the 12v connection.
A regular stereo cable I had does not go as deep due to an extra metal 'step' at the base. This makes me suspect a regular stereo extension cable could potentially be used instead of the RTI 'pigtail', however I am going to use the 'pigtails' (better to be safe than sorry).

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