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Old May 12, 2012, 11:28 AM
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Anderson Powerpoles

Currently I am using EC3 plugs for all my lipos. I came past a video about the powerpoles, and I was quite impressed on how easy they look to assemble. I have a few questions. Can you use just any crimper because the ones that I have seen are pretty expensive for just a one use tool, if not then what crimper are you guys using out there? Also, where is the best place to buy them? Do any local stores sell them? I have also seen that Duratrax makes something similar, any experiences with that?
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Old May 12, 2012, 11:54 AM
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You cannot use any crimper. Go to powerwerx.com
They are about 40 dollars. I got mine at a local ham radio outlet store.
You can also use a pair of pliers needle nose but it would seem to be a little difficult that way
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Old May 12, 2012, 12:07 PM
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Definitely get the crimpers. Either the Powerwerx as indicated or the West Mountain Radio version. I would not fiddle with anything less.

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Old May 12, 2012, 01:53 PM
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I don't use PowerPoles very often, so I just use a pair of long-nose pliers to make the crimp. I just do a bit at a time, making sure both sides close up evenly.
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Old May 12, 2012, 02:11 PM
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Thanks for the info guys. So I take it the 15,30 Amp connectors should be good for pretty much any park flyer, with 1000-2650 mah 3S batteries?
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Old May 12, 2012, 02:42 PM
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The amp ratings do not relate to our hobby. The 15-amp, 30-amp and 45-amp rated connectors each take up to a different gauge wire. Basically, if the wire can take the current, the connector can.
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Old May 12, 2012, 08:47 PM
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I know this isn't about the crimpers, but I just got some powerpoles and had a question.

It states the 30Amp ones are for 12 gauge wire, but when it seems like a very tight fit, the stripped wire keeps "fraying" so it is hard to fit into the 30amp connector.

Is everyone else using the 45amp metal pins instead? Most of my batteries have 12g wire so I wll need to do several of them.

Also, I bought the powerworx crimpers and they make it very easy to crimp the powerpole.
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Old May 12, 2012, 09:02 PM
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What is the problem soldering them?
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Old May 12, 2012, 09:27 PM
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[QUOTE=TheWoodCrafter;21596784]What is the problem soldering them?[/QUOTE

My soldering skills are lacking, that is why I thought I would go with powerpoles on all my connections
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Old May 12, 2012, 09:43 PM
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Ah, that would do it.

I didn't buy the crimper and solder all mine.
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Old May 12, 2012, 10:08 PM
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+1 for Anderson Power Poles,one of the benefits of these connectors is that they eliminate the evils of soldering and the connector separation pull is VERY light.
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It states the 30Amp ones are for 12 gauge wire, but when it seems like a very tight fit, the stripped wire keeps "fraying" so it is hard to fit into the 30amp connector.

Is everyone else using the 45amp metal pins instead? Most of my batteries have 12g wire so I wll need to do several of them.
Use the 30A contacts. Simply fit as many of the strands as you can within the contact, crimp, and then trim the 'stragglers'. The loss of a few strands will have zero measurable effect on the voltage drop or mechanical integrity of the joint. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

I personally don't care for the 45A contacts as all of the sources that I've ordered from sent the tin plated contacts rather than silver plated. Silver has lower contact resistance and performs better. All 15 and 30A contacts that I've ever seen have been silver plated.

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I didn't buy the crimper and solder all mine.
The crimper will RUIN you, Roger. You will never solder them again after just one crimp. It's that magical.

Will let you borrow my crimper if I ever run into you when I'm in OC.

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Old May 12, 2012, 11:03 PM
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I would love to try it Mark.

I have a crimper for standard wire ends.
That tended to flatten the piece and didn't fit the plastic holder after that.

I know, the right tool for the job, works best.
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Old May 12, 2012, 11:13 PM
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I have the WMR version and it's crazy good. I understand the Powerwerx is basically identical.

I had used my trusty Thomas & Betts crimper on occasion before getting the WMR crimper and it was more of a hassle than it was worth.

The WMR crimper forms a perfect crimp and the contact slides into the housing and locks properly every time, like butter.

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