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I had an Infocus ScreenPlay5000 and the power source went bad. The infocus power cord is snaked through my ceiling and would be a royal pain to get out. I just bought a Dell 1409x to replace the infocus projector, and I see that the power cable looks the same(the dell cord is a little shorter than the infocus one) and has the same "10A 125V" ratings stamped on the cord as the old one...are the power cords interchangeable? And if so, given the powersource on the old projector went bad, would you trust the old cord on the new projector? THANKS!
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With a few exceptions, power cords are universal. Those exceptions would be (a) different receptacle ends and (b) larger equipment that draws more power, requiring a heavier gauge cord.

In your case, there is no reason not to use the existing cord as long as the end that fits the projector is the same.

Quote (Cbass on Aug 22, 2009 5:18 AM):
I had an Infocus ScreenPlay5000 and the power source went bad. The infocus power cord is snaked through my ceiling and would be a royal pain to get out. I just bought a Dell 1409x to replace the infocus projector, and I see that the power cable looks the same(the dell cord is a little shorter than the infocus one) and has the same "10A 125V" ratings stamped on the cord as the old one...are the power cords interchangeable? And if so, given the powersource on the old projector went bad, would you trust the old cord on the new projector? THANKS!

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Nothing more than a basic agreement here.

Power cords come in a few different types, but as long as there isn't a transformer in-line with the projector - which is something I've never seen, and the end of the old cord matches the end of the new cord, you shouldn't have any issues.

Some of the most popular power cord connections are:

Computers:
http://images.monoprice.com/productlargeimages/52893.jpg

Standard Extension:
http://images.monoprice.com/productlargeimages/52983.jpg

3-Prong "Mickey Mouse" style (prjectors, laptops, etc.)
http://images.monoprice.com/productlargeimages/13092.jpg

Figure 8 (laptops, some A/V gear)
http://images.monoprice.com/productlargeimages/13072.jpg

Power cords simply carry the 120v from the outlet to the product, then the product has internal power supplies which typicall convert the power as necessary.
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