Anderson Powerpole Resources

Okay, I’m capitulating to the emergent power connector in ham radio. While I prefer that a connector have a mechanical lock, the majority of our hobby is good with Powerpoles.

While I have other connectors in my shack and in my spare parts inventory, I do have a full PowerPole inventory & tool set at each QTH.

Here are some resources for correcting Power Pole connectors:

http://www.westmountainradio.com/kb_view_topic.php?id=ST166

https://zeromanual.com/wiki/Anderson_Power_Products

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o31iuOcQ-jo << Some good information explained (like standard orientation, how the different amp sizes vary) and great demonstration on strain-relief techniques.

I’ve bought tools and supplies from several places, and like the PowerWerx website & service: https://powerwerx.com/anderson-power-powerpole-sb-connectors

Not all PowerPoles are genuine Anderson PowerPoles, and I’ve found the economy of saving a few cents on a connector to a bad tradeoff when the connector loses what mechanical spring it has or loses the plating on the connector.

I also have a supply of each of the other PowerPole colors for other shack uses.

73

Steve
K9ZW

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3 thoughts on “Anderson Powerpole Resources

  1. Dave says:

    Powerpoles have locks available. See https://powerwerx.com/powerpole-connector-retention-clip. They take the place of the lock pin in each side of the connection joint. However, you need to buy different ones for the different size connectors. I just use zip ties for stuff I want to stay together. I also want them to pull apart easily in other places, to avoid damaging the cord/device if pulled.


    Dave N9JDZ

    • k9zw says:

      Thank you Dave N9JDZ – I’d forgotten about those. Even have some on hand.

      It would be nice if radio manufacturers would leave enough space to use these clips at the back of their radios.

      I did make a couple wire clips like the official retention clip out of soft wire, with the idea that they would hold up to a point where they would release. Mixed success but I didn’t persevere either.

      73

      Steve
      K9ZW

  2. KJ7BMO says:

    Most of the members of the local RC aircraft club use Anderson power poles. They resist continual vibration and inadvertent ground/aircraft interaction (crashes), handle loads in the 24 volt and 30 amp range quite handily, and are quite reliable despite being connected and reconnected every time a new battery pack is inserted. Reliability is critical, since these are used for the battery connection, If they fail, you lose ALL control and your favorite aircraft can end up as a debris field or worse an unguided projectile.

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