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Old Dec 09, 2014, 09:50 AM
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Anderson Power Poles - Force to Disconnect

I just bought the Anderson Power Pole Crimper and put 45a connectors on an AWG10 wire. Everything snapped in like it should, but I'm surprised by how easily the connectors come apart (i.e. normal disconnection). I measured and it's just shy of one pound of force. By comparison, EC4 and XT60 seem to require at least five times that.

For everyone who uses Power Poles, is that your experience as well?
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Old Dec 09, 2014, 09:57 AM
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I've been using them for years with great results. The connectors should not be support any significant loads or weight when mounted. If unintentional disconnection is a concern retention clips are also available.

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Old Dec 09, 2014, 11:40 AM
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I've never measured the force required but it's certainly not great. I've always regarded that as one of their best points .

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Old Dec 09, 2014, 12:06 PM
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I've always regarded that as one of their best points
Absolutely agree! The ability to disconnect with one hand is simply wonderful.

Some may say that this is a disadvantage and can result it disconnect during flight. To these, I have one bit of advice - Secure your batteries in your planes so they cannot move! Velcro is your friend.

I've logged nearly 8,000 flights with APPs without a single issue.
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Old Dec 09, 2014, 01:34 PM
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Yes, they disconnect very easily. I'm surprised that it took 1#.
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Old Dec 09, 2014, 03:04 PM
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Over the years I've seen more than one battery "bomb drop" at our field, even though the connectors were Deans
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Old Dec 09, 2014, 05:03 PM
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Thanks everyone for the feedback. For all the videos I saw about how to wire these, not one mentioned the pull strength. To a pants-and-suspenders guy like me, this feels more like an untied drawstring. But I'm glad to know it's correct.
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Old Dec 09, 2014, 07:07 PM
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They make a small plastic clip that goes into the holes in the middle of the paired connectors, use those and they will be much harder to get apart. They are easy to remove as well (though I would tie them to the aircraft so they dont get lost changing packs).
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