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The invention of the Try-Me button on Halloween props is a tremendous benefit given by manufactures un-intentionally to the home haunter. Since Try-Me buttons are external buttons connected to a hidden plug that is meant to be removed by the end user, they leave us a nice little wire that can be snipped right before the button giving us a pair of conductors that can be connected to a relay or other device to trigger the prop. But what if your Try-Me button is missing, lost, etc.? Since they don't sell replacement Try-Me buttons, all you have on many props is a small connector that is not really usable without the right mating jack. A few of my props faced this dilemma, and rather than taking them apart to solder a wire to the Try-Me terminals, I decided to track down the appropriate connectors.

For props that do not have a standard 1/8" mono jack connection, the vast majority use what are known as JST (Japan Solderless Terminal) connectors. You can read all about them here if you want:


In surveying my props with JST connectors, I determined that there were two different sizes being used:

1. JST PH - 2.0mm pitch between pins (mini-micro)
2. JST XH - 2.5mm pitch between pins

If you search for 'JST PH' or 'JST XH' on ebay, you should be able to find many available for sale. I got some for around $1.50 each with free shipping:




Wood Electrical wiring Adapter Cable Networking cables


JST-PH:
Electrical wiring Gas Cable Technology Electronic device


JST-XH:
Font Electronic device Technology Cable Adapter
 

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Thanks for posting this, exa - very useful information.
 

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Thanks for all the footwork.
 

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This is great! I am sure there are numerous haunters out there that have been wishing for this information to come along. Nice job.
 
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