> >I have a three year old german body cord. At the last tournament when ever
> >I made a full lunge the clip would pull off the scoket and a white light
> >would go off. Anybody know how to fix this problem. Thanks in advance.
> The bayonet style body cord is vastly superior and last virtually
> forever. It's worth the extra cash.
> Kevin Haidl
In my experience (I began fencing in 1966 or so) it's not so simple.
Personally, I've used Paul (bayonet) and Allstar (2-pin) cords, and
prefer Allstar, because of their robustness (compared to other bayonet
systems I've seen) and because I can see and verify all the mechanical
parts which are supposed to protect the connection (unlike the Paul
bayonet, where the elegant and fiendishly clever mechanism is hidden).
The 'dispositif de securite' (safety device) of each kind can fail
unexpectedly and cause a white light. For the 2-pin models, this is
likely to occur either if the clip on the plug is not
robust enough and becomes bent or broken, or else if the plug and
socket connectors are mismatched (different manufacturers or whatever).
For the bayonet type, prevention of disconnection depends on the
plug being locked in place by the particular shape of the
interior of the socket. The plastic material of the socket becomes
worn with use, and after some (fairly long) time is unable to prevent
the plug from unwinding and slipping out.
Fencers (in Ireland, at any rate) tend not to give enough attention
to ensuring that the safety devices for securing the electrical
connections at either end of the body cord are working. The same is
also true of referees. I believe that a few more yellow cards would
encourage timely replacement of worn, or simply broken, equipment.