Hunting for a parallel balance connector. I wen't to Hobby People - no dice. They said try Rob's Hobby's. I went to Rob's Hobby's - no dice. I then went to JK electronics to get a Tri-Crimp crimper because I need one for Anderson 45amp connectors.
While at JK I talk with a very helpful sales dude. They didn't have the Tri-Crimp but they had something else that he said was for Anderson's. It was $45 and I didn't like the way it looked. I showed him my melted stuff and he sales me this:
He doesn't have any male housings. He says I can probably just pull the pins out, clean up the housing and reuse it with new pins. Just solder the wires on the new pins, cover with heat shrink and glue them into position. And he says I can crimp or solder the wires going to my fried female connector to these new connectors and insert the new connectors into the female housing. And I'm reusing almost all of it. I'm like "awesome ... $4.50 and I'm on my way". Then I'm just like what the heck, I'll ask - you don't have any of these, do you? Holding up my fried JST parallel balance connector. He says no, but you might try next door - they're an RC Helicopter shop. I think cool ... helicopters probably use big battery's. I go over to RC Depot - DICE/BINGO ... they've got the drug I need! But $6 - ouch! They're $0.99 at HK. I guess I should have bought more from HK. I get the JST. I'm happy.
But now I'm thinking my fried JST would be perfect to access individual cells on a battery. I can keep the good part and cut off the bad part replacing it with Andersons ... Now I can hook up the parallel balance connector to a battery. Hook up a hand held LiPo volt reader to the one of the connections and have anderson's on the other side giving me access to each individual cell. I'm a genius
Idiot to genius in less than 24 hours - how do you like that? This, of course, only occurred to me because mcintyretj showed me how he does it yesterday.
So, I'm kind of happy. And Harbor Freight is on the way home. I go to Harbor Freight because it's a fun place to go and I'm a fun guy. At Harbor freight I get some things called Hook & Loop cable ties. They're velcro straps. I'll use those to make my battery packs more nifty. And I get this:
It's an armored steel cable lock. It was $13. Any good? I can always take it back. I also got an assortment of needle nose pliers for $7.