What connector do you use for main power line?

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What type of connectors do you use for your main power line?

Anderson SB-50
11
11%
Anderson SB-175
3
3%
Anderson SB-350
1
1%
Dean's Ultra Connectors
9
9%
PowerPole 45A
48
48%
PowerPole 180A
1
1%
Controller proprietary
2
2%
120 VAC connector
3
3%
DIN
2
2%
Hard soldered
2
2%
Som'n scrounged from the garbage bin
1
1%
Som'n scrounged from an auto parts store
4
4%
Twist-n-duct-tape
1
1%
etc.
11
11%
 
Total votes: 99

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What connector do you use for main power line?

Post by nasukaren » Jul 20, 2008 9:07 am

What are people using to connect their batteries to their motor controller? I'm leaning towards either getting the Anderson PowerPole or the SB connectors, but the Dean's are less expensive and I don't know if I'll be pulling more than 50A. Anyway, let's see what the most popular is!

Add a comment if I missed a type of connector.
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Re: What connector do you use for main power line?

Post by TylerDurden » Jul 20, 2008 10:07 am

RV supplies include trailer connectors: cheap & hefty.

Coleman has these in 12ga
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Most stores with an automotive section have these, you can parallel connections for more current:
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Re: What connector do you use for main power line?

Post by Link » Jul 20, 2008 1:19 pm

What do I vote for? I've got an Anderson for the connection to the controller, but the motor connects to that wire with a hermaphroditic SAE connector. :?
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Re: What connector do you use for main power line?

Post by Rassy » Jul 20, 2008 1:20 pm

I use the two wire trailer connectors that TD showed above, but in 10 gauge, from my local auto parts store. They are basically the same as the connectors that came on my WE hub motors and controllers.
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Re: What connector do you use for main power line?

Post by nasukaren » Jul 21, 2008 9:46 pm

I decided to go with the Anderson SB-50s for my main powerline. I checked out the bullet-type connectors that TD recommended at Pepboys, but they ones they had didn't seem to be particularly well built, the wire looked like it was 14 gauge.

It looks like I'll be using Deans for many of the connections inside the bike as well as inside the battery packs to serial/parallel them, but the Anderson for the main connection to the battery. I thought of going all Deans but I wanted the main battery disconnect to be something very solid, very visible and something I could yank in a hurry if I needed to. I also wanted the main powerline to be a unique connector since I'm an idiot. The bright yellow SB-50 seemed to be the item. And they're only $3/ea if you shop around.

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Re: What connector do you use for main power line?

Post by nasukaren » Jul 21, 2008 9:47 pm

Link wrote:What do I vote for? I've got an Anderson for the connection to the controller, but the motor connects to that wire with a hermaphroditic SAE connector. :?
I mean the main powerline, the one between the battery and the controller so I'd vote Anderson!
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Re: What connector do you use for main power line?

Post by Ypedal » Jul 21, 2008 10:12 pm

Anderson 45 amp connectors almost exclusively ( the 15/30's on the 20 amp bikes and charging wires )

I like the andersons as the metal contacts are inside the housings unlike the Deans that leave one side exposed.

I buy andersons by the 100's.
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Re: What connector do you use for main power line?

Post by D-Man » Jul 21, 2008 11:25 pm

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Re: What connector do you use for main power line?

Post by fechter » Jul 21, 2008 11:29 pm

I like using "European style" terminal blocks for stuff that doesn't need to come apart very often. These are simple, cheap, and hold up well at high current. They come in different sizes. Allelectronics has big monster sized ones that will take 8ga. wire.
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Re: What connector do you use for main power line?

Post by Link » Jul 21, 2008 11:32 pm

Powerpoles it is, then. Though I do have a pair of SB-350s I'm waiting to use...8)
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Post by TylerDurden » Jul 22, 2008 8:49 am

Leona thinks you are "little people". Still. :P
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Re: What connector do you use for main power line?

Post by mvadventure » Jul 31, 2008 6:10 pm

Since everything is always in transition and since I hate screwing with Andersons and because they work and will take more than two wires, I use regular electrical wire nuts in the correct size and a little electrical tape to make them waterproof. Pretty it ain't but it works, make for a quick disconnect and allows me to expirement.
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Re: What connector do you use for main power line?

Post by docnjoj » Aug 12, 2008 10:30 am

As usual, I do stuff differently! I use Power Poles for my main connections (battery to harnass) but use Posi-lock screw connectors for all other connections! The company states that they are rated the same as the wire size used for resistance, and I have never had one fail. They arent cheep but U can get them in boxes of 25 for 50 bucks. They allow connections to be instantly rewired without cutting or soldering anything. Nah, I cant afford their stock!
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Re: What connector do you use for main power line?

Post by TMaster » Feb 17, 2010 8:22 pm

I use Deans Ultra. The connection size area is equal to 10AWG wire. These connectors are way under rated. The housings are small and easy to cover. I've never tried the andersons, but they seem too bulky for me.
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Re: What connector do you use for main power line?

Post by dequinox » Feb 17, 2010 8:36 pm

I didn't know what these are called besides 2 pole bullet connectors so I just put "DIN" since I figured it meant "don't i know..." :lol:

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Re: What connector do you use for main power line?

Post by biohazardman » Feb 17, 2010 9:18 pm

I use the Anderson 45A connectors on the batts to the controller and 3.5MM bullets from the controller to the motor shrink wrapped as they are out in the weather. Use the 1.8mm bullets on the halls wrapped also. Running the stock 35A controller no wiring problems in 700+ miles and plenty of it in the rain. I could not choose the bullet connectors as the choice was not there. That's 10K miles now Nov of 2014
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Re: What connector do you use for main power line?

Post by SpeedEBikes » Mar 08, 2010 10:47 pm

I switched from 45 amp Andersons to 5.5 mm bullet connectors from HobbyCity. I made boots for the male 5.5s out of old innertube to avoid accidental shorts when disconnected. However, now that the new lipo packs come with 4 mm bullet connectors in plastic housings and those connectors are something like $0.25 per pair I'll likely wire up new stuff with them in the future.

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Re: What connector do you use for main power line?

Post by Tiberius » Mar 09, 2010 4:22 am

fechter wrote:I like using "European style" terminal blocks for stuff that doesn't need to come apart very often. These are simple, cheap, and hold up well at high current. They come in different sizes. Allelectronics has big monster sized ones that will take 8ga. wire.
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Re: What connector do you use for main power line?

Post by LeftieBiker » Apr 30, 2013 10:53 pm

I want to use deans connectors on my new EZIP Ping pack, but it seems that there are so many cheap knockoffs it's hard to figure out where to get good ones. Anyone have a good source? I'd like to get them quickly, too.

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Re: What connector do you use for main power line?

Post by Kingfish » May 01, 2013 10:22 am

Since this poll started, I have switched from the APP 45A to barrel connectors:

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The APPs have been a RPITA for me, and since moving to barrels I have yet to experience any connection problem.

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Re: What connector do you use for main power line?

Post by skeetab5780 » May 01, 2013 10:57 am

At the moment i use Anderson 45a rated connectors. I was planning on switching to Deans, but after attempting to solder then to large wire i decided against it.

I ordered some XT-60's now and im hoping they will work well. but ive yet to try them.

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Re: What connector do you use for main power line?

Post by Ypedal » May 01, 2013 5:37 pm

I've been using Deans by soldering both legs to one lead for high power stuff..

I don't like how close to each other the 2 legs are, having + and - that close separated only by shrink wrap makes me feel uncomfortable.
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Re: What connector do you use for main power line?

Post by spinningmagnets » May 01, 2013 6:28 pm

No love for the XT60 and the larger XT90? Very cheap, easy to solder to...

The XT90 shank accepts Turnigy 10-Ga wire easily, and the Turnigy 6mm heat-shrink insulation fits over the 10-Ga (with thick silicone insulation) and can fully insert into the connectors butt-end recess.

For the XT60 size, the Turnigy 12-Ga wire easily fits, and will accept 4mm and 3/16-inch (4.5mm) heat-shrink.

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Re: What connector do you use for main power line?

Post by skeetab5780 » May 01, 2013 6:44 pm

hmm never thought to use the dean as 1 connection... good idea!

the terminals are 2 close together for my liking.

ya those yellow xt60's are what im gonna try next

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Re: What connector do you use for main power line?

Post by rojitor » May 01, 2013 6:46 pm

Long live andersons!

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