So I purchased a Canary Flex in a flash sale with the intent to install it outside in the UK. However I am becoming a bit concerned as I read more and more about the device and its design. The things that concern me are:
- the power cable supplied seems to be way too short for general exterior use (8 ft long)
- the power cable connects to the Flex using what appears to be a magnetic clasp
- the power connector appears to be unsealed and has no permanently-latching mechanism
- nowhere online can I find a source of power cables or connectors from which to make my own longer cable
I want to use this system outside permanently, in cold and wet weather. I want it to be mains powered all the time, switching to battery only when the power should fail. Given this, the magnetically latched, unsealed power cable seems like a significant design weakness - water could get in, contacts will eventually corrode, and any number of circumstances could cause the cable to become disconnected.
The only solution I can see so far is to take the supplied power adapter, cut off the plug and extend the wires, which raises another question - why does the power cable have five contacts?