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FT817, 818 Powerpole Adapter

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Powerpole Adapter for the Yaesu FT-817 and FT-818 (includes Powerpole lead)

The FT-817 is a great radio but it does have a few weakness. A common problem that users encounter is the failure of the DC input connector on the rear panel. In use any stresses and strains from the power lead tend to make the DC power socket in the radio shear off the printed circuit board causing intermittent operation which usually leads to total failure. The socket is a surface mount item and thus is hard to replace - and even if replaced, it is likely to fail again.

This neat adapter, from Jon N0WL, screws to the rear of the FT-817/818 and removes any strain from the connector. It is fitted with PowerPole connectors (of course). We supply it with a ready-made lead with a PowerPole connector already fitted. Lead length approx. 1 m = 3 ft. Fitting time for the adapter, about 3 minutes (and that's only if you take time finding your screwdriver). An easy upgrade that will save you money in the long run.

This adaptor is suitable for all models of the FT-817 and also fits the FT-818.

  • This is simply the best power solution for the most popular portable ham radio on the market!
  • Its compact design allows it to become a permanent part of your FT-817, FT-817ND or FT-818
  • Quit worrying about voltage drop on the stock adapter's low gauge wire
  • No more broken barrel plugs stuck in your radio.
  • Simple to install:  Just put the plug into the radio while placing the plastic shell over the radio's ground post. Then screw in. You can still use the screw to ground your radio.
  • The hard-plastic 3D printed shell protects the PowerPole® and barrel plug while staying within the footprint of the rear of the radio. 
  • Fabricated with genuine Anderson PowerPoles® and other quality components.
  • Includes extended length grounding screw.

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  • 5
    FT817,818 Powerpole Adaptor

    Posted by Dave, G3XOB on 20th Jun 2018

    An excellent accessory. No more displays suddenly going out as the power lead disengages yet again mid-QSO! It just makes the whole setup seem more professional.

  • 4
    FT817 Powerpole Adaptor

    Posted by Raymond on 20th Jun 2018

    Well built but very expensive for what it is. FT817 blogs suggest including reverse polarity diode and fuse as a minimum and even a voltage regulator to reduce onboard power dissipation.

  • 5
    817/818 powerpole upgrade

    Posted by Trevor on 18th Jun 2018

    Must have upgrade for the 817/818. So easy to fit and use. It does protect the power socket from unnecessary strain and possible failure.

  • 5
    A great improvement to any Yaesu 817

    Posted by Tim on 16th Jun 2018

    This eliminates a weak point on the radio and provides a more universal connection. A must have

  • 5
    Power Plug for FT817

    Posted by Les Rix on 14th Jun 2018

    A good idea, well executed. Company also good at resolving an error I made when ordering. Thanks Guys.

  • 5
    FT817 / FT818 Powerpole adaptor

    Posted by Bill Shaw on 11th Jun 2018

    Brilliant idea !. Connected to radio power socket with just one screw. So Good, I ordered 2 more for my friends !.
    Would have been nice to have a fuse in the power lead

  • 5
    FT817 PowerPole

    Posted by Paul Bigwood on 10th Jun 2018

    Worked first time, does the job perfectly. Enables me to have a variety of power sources that can be swapped easily, quickly and safely (polarity protected). Recommend

  • 5
    FT817 Powerpole adapter

    Posted by Carlo on 10th Jun 2018

    This accessory is addressing a weak point on this radio ,in particular for those uing it on the move.

  • 2
    power Pole adaptor

    Posted by Terry Tallis on 9th Jun 2018

    In principal this should be an excellent product but it has to rely on the power socket on the FT817 being positioned accurately central in the casing or it is impossibly to fit. It would not line up correctly with my ft-817 so was returned.