The newly produced Commodore 64 Reloaded motherboards use a barrel connector for powering the system. The problem is that this modern type of connector does not fill the hole of the original Commodore 64C case. I have previously described a 3D printed solution called a ‘Commodore 64 Reloaded Mainboard Power Plate’ (link) which basically fills the gap surrounding the power plug. The quality of the 3D prints were acceptable, but looked a little bulky and traces of the layers of plastic being stacked on top of each other were visible. A similar solution has been created by the same guy (Pixelwizard/Tommes) who made the 3D printed keyboard mounts that I use for both my C64 Reloaded boards (link). The plugs are called ‘C64 Reloaded Power Covers’ and are available from Shapeways (link) in the same colors, materials and print quality as the keyboard mounts. To keep a common thread in my C64R machines (and to add some nice colors!), I ordered two plugs to match the colors of the keyboard mounts. This is how the two black Commodore 64 Reloaded Mainboard Power Plates and the colored C64 Reloaded Power Covers look like.
Both types of plugs fit tightly around the female power connector and have mounting flanges with countersunk screw holes so there is no need to get longer screws to attach them. This is how the plugs look like after being installed. Both types look very similar in shape, while the quality of the materials (and colors) are different.
This is how the C64 Reloaded precision (link) machine looks like without a plug and with the plugs installed. Nothing beats that sweet blue color!
The colors of the power plug and the keyboard mounts match…
This is how the C64 Reloaded ZIF (link) machine looks like without a plug and with the plugs installed – I’m still going through an orange phase…
And once again, the colors of the power plug and the keyboard mounts match.
The original DIN type power plug of the Commodre 64C looks like this.
The colored C64 Reloaded power covers are a must-have for anyone who owns one of them sweet new motherboards! The plugs may not be necessary for the machine to function properly, but it sure makes it looks a lot nicer!!
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