The photo is misleading. The dial is now aprox. 8"away from the unit. It must be long enough to not be a problem when using a GonG, but must not be so far from the unit that it's constantly falling off the table and dragging the unit with it. The cord will be 6-7' long. Would love to hear thoughts about where the placement would be best. This is why we do 'Betas' The cord is 'fixed' in the unit, it is not a plug in. From my research on FC it seems the 'plug' appears to be a weak spot prone to failure in other 'log' designs so I eliminated it.