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Posted: 04/09/19 10:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So I am needing to create some custom wires and connections and it appears that Anderson Powerpoles are the way I want to go. Seems like the professional grade tools are really expensive. I will be making a handful of connections initially and then less than a couple a year at the most.

As I am researching I am noticing two types that are of interest. 1) PP30, PP45 and 2) SB50 connections. This will be a custom application so any sort of standardization is not important.

What I am looking for is experience and recommendations for both the connections and the Tools for making my cables. I am looking for a balance between quality and price know this is not for a professional application but do not want to have continuous rework going forward.

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I think the pricey tools are more for faster commercial work. I soldered all of mine over ten years ago. I did all battery connections,very low cost, took more time, and has never needed repair.
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You did not specify the maximum current required. The PP30 is 30 Amps, the PP45 is for up to 45 Amps, and the SB50 good for 50Amps with a more robust connector and housing. Each version is sized for the appropriate gage wire for the amperage. For all my electronic work I use mostly PP30. The same $45. Crimp tool will do PP15, PP30, and PP45 powerpoles. Note: the PP15, 30, and 45 are all capable of interconnecting. The crimp tool is the only way to go in my opinion. You can solder the connector pins to the wire if you are very good and do not get excessive solder on the connection, which hinders or prevents pushing the pins up into the plastic housing.


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Posted: 04/09/19 12:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

i bought the tool for the ease, convenience and for future use. i’ve soldered hundreds and hundreds of connections over the years...still do when need be.


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Posted: 04/09/19 12:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks all for your comments.

It is intended for a 400 watt portable Solar system So I believe 30 amp should be sufficient.

My soldering skills are not very good so want to stick with crimping. I am looking for specific Crimpers. I have seen some from under $20 to over several hundred dollars. Looking for experienced opinions for a low cost but sufficient quality for a weekend warrior like myself.

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Posted: 04/09/19 01:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just use a standard wire crimper for up to #8 wire. Done plenty of Powerpoles without issue.


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Oooooooo Oooooooo Ooooooooo

With this puppy I can crimp ultra tiny Hirose electronic connectors in no time.

Cross reference the tool and then the die size to the price list.......

"EIGHT HUNDRED AND WTF?"

"Where's the @#$%&! needle nose pliers?"

This is like spotting a highway sign for a greasy spoon Breakfast Special $4.95. Later inside....Coffee $2.95. Soft drinks $2.95.

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I broke down and bought this crimper which does PP15, PP30 and PP45 It has different dies sets available, but none for SB50. (I don't think the jaws will open far enough.)

Not an "official" Anderson endorsed product but it does the job.

If you Google around, you will find the same model fro a couple of different supplier.

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A vise works pretty well.

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Theczar - because you will be running wiring for a 30A solar system I recommend you purchase the Andersen Powerpole PP45. The wiring hole for the PP30 terminal is a bit too small for the size wire you should be using ( 10 guage ). Note, the plastic housings for the PP15, PP30, and PP45 are all the same and all mate with each other.

I also recommend you purchase a crimper from one of these two sites:

https://powerwerx.com/tricrimp-powerpole-connector-crimping-tool


http://www.dcpwr.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=129

The dcpwr.com people are a small business and have particularly outstanding customer service in my experience.

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