HobbyKing.com New Products Flash Sale
Reply
Thread Tools
Old Mar 26, 2012, 03:34 PM
Registered User
Surferman1's Avatar
Ireland, County Westmeath, Athlone
Joined May 2011
10 Posts
Discussion
Replace PL8 DC power cables?

Hi guys,

I have a PL8 v2, and was wondering if you could give any advice on replqacing the red and black DC cable coming out of the back of the charger (non silicone wires)....I cut them a tad short :-(


I wanted to replace them with either 10AWG or 12AWG silicone wire and solder on an EC5 connector for flexibility.

many thanks!
Surferman1 is offline Find More Posts by Surferman1
Reply With Quote
Sign up now
to remove ads between posts
Old Mar 26, 2012, 04:59 PM
Registered User
Seattle
Joined Sep 2007
2,095 Posts
The cables on both of my Powerlab8s are already10 awg silicone insulated. If you have enough length on the remaining cable, attach your favorite high current connector. Then make an extention from that connector to your supply using what ever cable you desire.

There was at least one user who opened his PL8 and replaced the input wires new high current wires (soldered onto the board). The unit fried and was not covered under warranty.
Gregor99 is offline Find More Posts by Gregor99
RCG Plus Member
Latest blog entry: Dual Powerlab Case Project
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 28, 2012, 12:55 AM
Registered User
Surferman1's Avatar
Ireland, County Westmeath, Athlone
Joined May 2011
10 Posts
Thanks Gregor99, was wondering if there is somewhere in Europe that I can return the PL8 to be modded, or if anybody else did the mod themselves without frying there PL8.....
Surferman1 is offline Find More Posts by Surferman1
Last edited by Surferman1; Mar 30, 2012 at 02:54 AM. Reason: spelling PL8
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 28, 2012, 10:04 AM
Southern Pride
everydayflyer's Avatar
Haralson County GA. USA
Joined Oct 2004
34,498 Posts
1/4 " copper tubing makes a great splice for 12 ga. . It can be crimped or soldered. I have used it crimped to 12 ga. and the other end flattened as a discharge lead for 100 amp. plus discharge test with no heating at all.

Charles
everydayflyer is offline Find More Posts by everydayflyer
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 30, 2012, 02:54 AM
Registered User
Surferman1's Avatar
Ireland, County Westmeath, Athlone
Joined May 2011
10 Posts
Thanks for the reply everydayflyer....anybody else added silicon wires to there PL8??
Surferman1 is offline Find More Posts by Surferman1
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 30, 2012, 10:04 AM
Registered User
Seattle
Joined Sep 2007
2,095 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Surferman1 View Post
anybody else added silicon wires to there PL8??
It comes with silicone wires.
Gregor99 is offline Find More Posts by Gregor99
RCG Plus Member
Latest blog entry: Dual Powerlab Case Project
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 31, 2012, 01:35 PM
Registered User
Surferman1's Avatar
Ireland, County Westmeath, Athlone
Joined May 2011
10 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gregor99 View Post
It comes with silicone wires.
Gregor....I bought my PL8 about 9 months ago, and it has non silicon 12AWG wires, and the covering is easy to melt, either with a soldering iron or by an accident...thats why I am thinking of changing them to silicone wires like the new PL8's that are being sold now from FMA...
Surferman1 is offline Find More Posts by Surferman1
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 31, 2012, 01:49 PM
President, FMA, Inc.
Tim Marks's Avatar
Joined Mar 2008
1,051 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Surferman1 View Post
Gregor....I bought my PL8 about 9 months ago, and it has non silicon 12AWG wires, and the covering is easy to melt, either with a soldering iron or by an accident...thats why I am thinking of changing them to silicone wires like the new PL8's that are being sold now from FMA...

Hi:

Admittedly, when we went to the EC5 input connector, the quality of the silicon wire was improved. Nevertheless, we have never shipped a single PowerLab that did not have silicon wire. The wire gauge has always been spec'd 10AWG.

Tim Marks
Tim Marks is offline Find More Posts by Tim Marks
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 31, 2012, 02:05 PM
Registered User
Seattle
Joined Sep 2007
2,095 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Surferman1 View Post
Gregor....I bought my PL8 about 9 months ago, and it has non silicon 12AWG wires,
Well that is interesting. Where did you purchase it from? I was on the very first pre-order and got a Powerlab8 from the first batch. It came with 10 awg silicone wires.
Gregor99 is offline Find More Posts by Gregor99
RCG Plus Member
Latest blog entry: Dual Powerlab Case Project
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 31, 2012, 08:41 PM
Southern Pride
everydayflyer's Avatar
Haralson County GA. USA
Joined Oct 2004
34,498 Posts
My first two have wire which measures .215" OD these were two of the first production run right after early beta testing . My third one which is perhaps a 8 months old has wires which is .175" OD. All of these long input leads with gaters.
everydayflyer is offline Find More Posts by everydayflyer
Reply With Quote
Old Apr 08, 2012, 12:03 PM
Registered User
Surferman1's Avatar
Ireland, County Westmeath, Athlone
Joined May 2011
10 Posts
Sorry guys for not responding sooner! Have been travelling on the road for a while.

I purchased the PL8 from an online etailer in ireland, I checked the cable again and it is silicone wire but it's quite thin covering, as I managed to melt the silicone by accidentally touching it with a solder iron (PL8 not plugged in thankfully). That's why I thought it wasn't silicone wire.....
Surferman1 is offline Find More Posts by Surferman1
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Category Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sold Thunder Power TP610C AC/DC 10A Lipo/NIMH Balancing Charger with USB programming cable daign Aircraft - Electric - Batteries & Chargers (FS/W) 4 Mar 21, 2012 01:05 PM
For Sale Power supplies/Charging setups 306b TP820 3010b PL8 PL6 500/1000w 700/1400w 12/24v paulpeffly Aircraft - Electric - Batteries & Chargers (FS/W) 1 Mar 07, 2012 12:58 PM
For Sale Power supplies/Charging setups 306b TP820 3010b PL8 PL6 500/1000w 700/1400w 12/24v paulpeffly Aircraft - Electric - Helis (FS/W) 0 Feb 26, 2012 08:51 AM
For Sale Power supplies/Charging setups 306b TP820 3010b PL8 PL6 500/1000w 700/1400w 12/24v paulpeffly Aircraft - Electric - Batteries & Chargers (FS/W) 0 Feb 26, 2012 08:42 AM
Link 2 BuddyCodes: Cable to charge 6 MCPX Batteries & Phoenix Flight Sim Replacement Cable ABADGTP HobbyKing 0 Sep 15, 2011 04:49 PM