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Pam Thompson
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From: Portland, OR, USA
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 - posted October 26, 2018 02:44 AM      Profile for Pam Thompson   Email Pam Thompson   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I am a huge fan of retractable cords on anything really.. Yesterday I found a Keystone K108 at the thrift store and was pleasantly surprised to find that it has a retractable cord. Was this common on Keystone (or other brand) projectors?

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Mike Spice
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 - posted October 26, 2018 02:54 AM      Profile for Mike Spice   Email Mike Spice   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
As someone who has spent 30 odd years working with mains leads, I have to say I find retractable cords the work of the devil!

I much prefer a cord (lead) with a plug at each end, that can be removed and stored, rather than coiled up inside.

My vacum cleaner being the only exception!

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Maurice Leakey
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 - posted October 26, 2018 10:38 AM      Profile for Maurice Leakey   Email Maurice Leakey   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Pam
I would say that it's most uncommon.
I have lots of projectors and only three have such mains leads, Elf/Eiki M1 16mm, Pathescope Gem & Pathescope Son, both 9.5mm.

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Janice Glesser
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 - posted October 26, 2018 05:02 PM      Profile for Janice Glesser   Email Janice Glesser   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi Pam... Although not common I've had two projectors with retractable cords. One a Keystone K-160 (16mm) and the other a Dual8 GAF Anscovision 788. I have to agree with you Pam...I like the retractable cord...keeps things neat and tidy. However if the cord rewind is not working properly...it can be a pain to get the cord to travel back into the machine.

[ October 26, 2018, 11:42 PM: Message edited by: Janice Glesser ]

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Maurice Leakey
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 - posted October 29, 2018 03:39 AM      Profile for Maurice Leakey   Email Maurice Leakey   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Having reread Pam's comment I seem to have misunderstood.
I assumed the reference was to projectors with fully connected mains leads which were coiled by hand at the end of a show, i.e. a lead with no connecting socket on its end.
I now realise that the leads refereed to coil back automatically like a steel tape measure.
I must say that I've never met a projector with a mains lead like that.

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