Dumb question about a gun safe

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Dumb question about a gun safe

Postby Katygunnut » Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:43 pm

OK, so I have a nice Cannon safe and it has a couple outlets on the inside of the safe, as well as a USB port (I have no idea why I would possibly need to plug something into a USB port from inside the safe). The interior power outlets look standard enough.

On the outside of the safe, there is a "male" plug that I can presumably plug into an extension cord and then a wall outlet.

The problem is that the "male" plug on the outside of the safe is recessed into the body of the safe and there is no room to fit a standard extension cord in there. Every extension cord I can find has too much plastic around the holes on the "female" end, so that the plug literally will not fit into the recessed hole. Also, the male plugs seem to be way too close together to possibly fit into a standard extension cord.

I called Cannon to ask whether I need a special type of extension cord, but they were adamant that any standard extension cord should work just fine.

What am I missing here?

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Re: Dumb question about a gun safe

Postby fickman » Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:51 pm

Katygunnut wrote:I have no idea why I would possibly need to plug something into a USB port from inside the safe

I can't answer your main question.

As for the USB port, I'd assume 1 of 2 things:
1. The USB port is powered once the safe is plugged in. You might have valuables that charge via USB that you'd like to keep safe and fully charged.

2. The safe itself has a feature that can be controlled via a laptop to control some features (built-in clock? auto-unlock windows? change the combination?) or has the possibility of adding peripherals e.g. small light, thermometer, humidity gauge?

I think #1 is most likely. If #2 hasn't been invented yet. . . well. . . business idea?
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Re: Dumb question about a gun safe

Postby jacobsd8195 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:09 pm

Try a standard computer power cable. They have a slightly different configuration on the female end that might work.

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Re: Dumb question about a gun safe

Postby DocV » Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:35 pm

Pics and measurements?
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Re: Dumb question about a gun safe

Postby Jim Beaux » Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:48 pm

The USB port is for charging electronics. I think Cannon refers to it as media panel or something similar.

The power cord for a pc fits into a recess and is somewhat triangular in configuration and shape. I am looking at one as I type this. Check out this pic and if it matches, pay the postage and I will send it to you. (you shouldnt have a problem finding one laying around you can get for free)

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Re: Dumb question about a gun safe

Postby tornado » Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:12 pm

jacobsd8195 wrote:Try a standard computer power cable. They have a slightly different configuration on the female end that might work.

:iagree:
Does it maybe look like this ?
Image
If so, it uses a PC power cable. They're recessed like you describe.

EDIT: I had loaded this page before Jim Beaux posted, but it took me a while to read it.


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Re: Dumb question about a gun safe

Postby stealthfightrf17 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:59 pm

the power cord should be a standered computer cord setup, as for the USB, it allows you to have a usb device (ex. harddrive) locked in the safe and have acess to it from the outside. There should be another usb port on the outside of the safe in the back


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Re: Dumb question about a gun safe

Postby george » Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:24 pm

European type. You will be seeing more of them.
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Re: Dumb question about a gun safe

Postby tonzofphun » Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:15 pm

IIRC, one use for the USB is to have a hard drive inside the safe that stores CCTV data from your home security camera[s].

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Re: Dumb question about a gun safe

Postby JJVP » Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:40 pm

Looks like the electrical cord should have come with the safe.

Electrical Outlet (Select Models)
Electric outlets are pre‐installed on select model safes. Some assembly required:
Locate the power cord inside the safe.
• Insert the plug into the electrical access hole in the back of the safe.


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Re: Dumb question about a gun safe

Postby fickman » Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:20 pm

tonzofphun wrote:IIRC, one use for the USB is to have a hard drive inside the safe that stores CCTV data from your home security camera[s].

:idea:
That makes sense to me!
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Re: Dumb question about a gun safe

Postby Katygunnut » Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:19 pm

Thanks for all the replies. It does look like the pic, and I will try a computer power cord to see if that works.

I probably lost the original cord that came with the safe. I had the safe in a closet with no power outlets for about a year and a half after I bought it. I just got divorced and in the confusion of moving everything out, I managed to misplace a few things.


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