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01-22-2015 12:39 AM  3 years agoPost 1
don s

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Does anybody know of a different pigtail type that fits Enya plugs better? The alligator hangs on by a tooth, literally.

I'm not sure if the other two types will work well either.

E820, Raptor G4N, X50F/E, E620, Forza 450, and some planks.

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01-22-2015 12:52 AM  3 years agoPost 2
rocket_33

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When I was flying nitro, I used the alligator clip on my Enya plugs with no problem

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01-22-2015 01:08 AM  3 years agoPost 3
don s

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Maybe the clip is different, but it won't hold like on an OS.

E820, Raptor G4N, X50F/E, E620, Forza 450, and some planks.

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01-22-2015 01:23 AM  3 years agoPost 4
JEEPWORLD2002/2

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I turn my clip long ways n surface grind the first 1/8" off then the clip will close on the plug end so then I get a piece of heat shrink n close it on the out side to help secure it on the plug. It also help the alligator clip retention spring in the hi heat

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01-23-2015 04:58 AM  3 years agoPost 5
PilotPin

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Get one that has a rubber boot on it. They have a spring loaded pin that keeps tension on the plug.

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01-23-2015 02:21 PM  3 years agoPost 6
Four Stroker

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SwitchGlo has a variety of glow plug clips here:

http://www.switchglo.com/shop/

The twist on type will fit Enya and not come off.

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01-23-2015 03:19 PM  3 years agoPost 7
Ace Dude

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The best option is to eliminate those clips altogether. They all break eventually. I've tried many different clips over the years and they all fall apart from the vibration. One of our FAI pilots showed me how to build a super long reach glow driver which works perfectly and eliminates those constantly breaking clips. Yeah, no on-board glow either.

  

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01-24-2015 09:55 AM  3 years agoPost 8
jonesheli

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Got Switchglo on my nitros all with the crocodile clips and not had a issue with any of them personally using Enya and OS plugs.

George

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01-24-2015 02:41 PM  3 years agoPost 9
Four Stroker

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Presumably the OP has already tried the standard clip and wants something else. If you can convince him that he is a damn fool and should shut up and by implication do what you do, then fine. I recommend the twist-on cap AND the tool to install and remove it: http://www.switchglo.com/shop/

The Sullivan twist-on will also fit Enya but is much more expensive.

The rubber boot and spring clip might work if it will fit in the deep finned head. I looked at one the other day at Hobby Town. Can't remember the brand - PilotPin ?

I ASSUME that the OP was looking for choices and not rampant criticism.

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01-24-2015 04:04 PM  3 years agoPost 10
Tyler

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I prefer Enya plugs, so...
Sometimes a small tweak in how a product is used can make significant difference in how the product performs. Perhaps there are others experiencing success with the same product that is causing frustration for a few.

For example, I used alligator clips for years after constantly replacing those little hair pin type clips all the time. I was going to the poor house from buying $10-12 extensions. Some pros advised I use alligator clips.

I noticed a significant improvement, but the clips I used were cheap and inferior quality for the application. Satisfaction was not found, yet.

I also learned how to balance my helicopter's spinning assemblies better, improve fan and clutch runout alignments, and stopped trying to get away with using possibly tweaked shafts. I bit the bullet and always replaced all shafts on the machines after any bump. My glow plug extensions miraculously began lasting longer.

As I improved my engine tuning skills my glow plug extensions lasted longer. This is more important than many may believe.

THEN

I installed my first switch glo with alligator clips... six years later it is still working. So are the other four switch glo units with alligator clips.

Now, those pesky twist on clips work sometimes, and they can be annoying to manage. I don't prefer them, but just my opinion.

Additionally, I learned a little trick along the way. I take a small rasp file or dremel tool and make a little slot for the alligator clip to clamp around the glow plug post. This allows the spring of the clamp to close fully and reduces stress on the whole assembly. I never experienced an issue with failed electrical contact. I learned this after witnessing that this will happen naturally over time from pressure and vibration. I simply accelerated the process. Don't take away too much material, though.

The switchglo alligator clips are high quality. Also, I do have a spare clip in the flight box because they can be swapped on the fly due to the micro plug connectors.

Enjoy things that money can buy IF you don't lose the things money can't buy.

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01-24-2015 05:37 PM  3 years agoPost 11
Four Stroker

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Enya also has their own:

https://cs206.xbit.jp/~w041133/stor...products_id=335

I wish someone would import them.

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01-24-2015 05:57 PM  3 years agoPost 12
jonesheli

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I don't see any "rampant criticism" anywhere above but just peoples experience or opinion, not sure who that was aimed at Four Stroker?

George

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01-24-2015 06:04 PM  3 years agoPost 13
G-Limo

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For a reliable Glow Plug connection I don't think you can beat this type of spring clip.

http://www.mainlyplanesntrains.com/...roducts_id=1782

/DG

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01-24-2015 06:16 PM  3 years agoPost 14
jonesheli

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I think the main thing I don't like about the 'R' clip is that they're not quite so easy to get on especially when the plug is deep in the fan shroud which is why i've got on better with crocodile clips.

George

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01-24-2015 10:01 PM  3 years agoPost 15
Tyler

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Historically, my "R" clips always broke at the wire connection.

Enjoy things that money can buy IF you don't lose the things money can't buy.

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01-24-2015 10:21 PM  3 years agoPost 16
don s

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Good info here. Will try some mods if the clip starts falling off in flight.

E820, Raptor G4N, X50F/E, E620, Forza 450, and some planks.

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01-25-2015 03:04 AM  3 years agoPost 17
PilotPin

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The two brands that I have used are Revoluton and Maverikk. Basically the same. They have the remote glow plug that wouldn't be needed with Switchglo. You can get others with just the wire attached. I tried the push and turn lock type. They wouldn't stay
attached to a OS plug. They were hard to get on. No room to get your fingers on them. I had to use needle nose pliers. The pliers wouldn't hold grip when you have to push down and turn. The material on the head lock is hard and the pliers slip off easy.
I tried to ruff the material up with coarse sand paper. That didn't work any better. My nerves wouldn't take messing with it. I see now you can get a tool to put it on and take it off. I like to keep things simple. Another $10 for an item and something else to keep track of.

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01-27-2015 09:27 PM  3 years agoPost 18
fastrc1

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Unscrew the top cap on the Enya and attach a small gator to it.

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01-28-2015 01:09 PM  3 years agoPost 19
Four Stroker

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That screw on cap is what keeps the Enya plug together.

PilotPin - "I tried the push and turn lock type. They wouldn't stay
attached to a OS plug."

The problem is that the distance from the washer to the hex part is not deep enough on some plugs making it very hard to get the twist type to twist. Filing some off the end sometimes helps. You would think that a manufacturer would actually buy at least an OS and Enya plug and measure them before designing such a product. And yes without the twist tool, I could not get the cap on or off with my fingers in cold weather. After you jam the cap on and off several times with the tool, it works OK and will not fall off.

The twist tool and cap is about what the Dubro cap costs.

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03-23-2015 02:46 PM  3 years agoPost 20
don s

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The regular 'gator clip is holding fine (by a tooth at that). Thanks for the replies.

E820, Raptor G4N, X50F/E, E620, Forza 450, and some planks.

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