Answered: Clarification of <R15>

Please settle a debate between my co-coach (who also happens to be my husband) and I:

I understand the replacement wires must be of the same length as those offered by VEX EDR product lines. And I understand any wire that plugs into the cortex must have a two or three prong plug like those offered on the VEX EDR wires. But, when connecting either a motor wire to an extension wire, or two extension wires together, or even when connecting a wire to the motor controller, do the connections have to be the same two and three prong male to female plugs as is offered on the VEX EDR wires? Or, as is stated in rule

<R15> a. ii. External wires on VEX electrical components may be repaired by soldering, using twist/crimp connectors, electrical tape or shrink tubing such that the original functionality / length is not modified in any way. Wire used in repairs must be identical to VEX wire.

Can these junctions be spliced in some other fashion, such as shrink tubing, electrical tape, soldering, or wire connectors?

Or in other words, if two 24" cables are used, can the two 24" cables be soldered, twisted or spliced together instead of using the male/female connector?

Typically we try and avoid settling martial disputes in the official Q&A, but we’ll make an exception this time. :wink:

Yes, they definitely have to be the same.

No, this is not legal. This violates in that the original functionality has been modified.