Tag Archives: PowerPoles

PowerPole Background

Whether or not a ham thinks they are the best solution, Anderson PowerPoles are ubiquitous in the contemporary ham radio shack, unless the shack owner has made efforts to banish them.

I’ve mixed feelings on how the ham community has adopted the PowerPole, or should I say how we’ve adopted a small subset of the PowerPole family.

Not many have actually read up on PowerPoles, and here is a link to the manufacturer’s reference document:


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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:

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PowerPoles can really suck – why not CliffCon Power Connectors instead?

Who has not had a Powerpole disconnect inadvertently?

If you notice high end gear eschews Powerpoles for high performance positive-interface connectors.

The military ones are pretty pricey and hard to source.

Following the leadership of high end radios like the Hilberling PT-8000A, I’ve instead brought in a supply of Cliff CliffCon Power Connectors, and will be slowly implementing them in my shack.

Here is what they look like:

CliffCon Connectors – “Blue” Four-Pole Series


UK Website


USA Website


A PDF datasheet


Additional information from my order:


Stock No: Manufacturer Part No: UOM: Quantity: Price: Extended Price:
23T0887 FCR2068 Each 1
Customer Part Number:
Description: SOCKET, 4POLE, 4PC/S/LV, LOW VOLTAGE; Product Range:Cliffcon Series; Gender:Receptacle; Voltage Rating:120V; Current Rating:20A; Connector Mounting:Panel Mount; Contact Termination Type:Through Hole; SVHC:No SVHC (17-Dec-2015);


Stock No: Manufacturer Part No: UOM: Quantity: Price: Extended Price:
23T0883 FCR2066 Each 1
Customer Part Number:
Description: PLUG, 4POLE, 4PC/P/LV, LOW VOLTAGE; Product Range:Cliffcon Series; Gender:Plug; Voltage Rating:120V; Current Rating:20A; Connector Mounting:Cable Mount; Contact Termination Type:Clamp; SVHC:No SVHC (17-Dec-2015); Colour:Blue; Contact


Stock No: Manufacturer Part No: UOM: Quantity: Price: Extended Price:
23T0884 FCR20663 Each 1
Customer Part Number:
Description: PLUG, 4POLE, R/A, 4PC/P90/LV, LV; Product Range:Cliffcon Series; Gender:Plug; Voltage Rating:120V; Current Rating:20A; Connector Mounting:Cable Mount; Contact Termination Type:Clamp; SVHC:No SVHC (17-Dec-2015); Colour:Blue; Contact

Okay in comparison they are a bit spendy compared to Powerpoles, but they are positive-interface and will not pull out shutting your station down.  They are also vibration resistant making the selection for field use even more appropriate.  They have redundancy (four wire) which in the interest of standardization within my equipment I will keep to a set pattern.

Yet they allow disconnection quickly.

More on this over the next few months as they are put to use.



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Guest Post – Paul AE5JU on Anderson Powerpoles

Paul AE5JU gave a presentation to his local radio club, BEARS, at their August 12th 2009 Meeting and has offered the material as a blog post from the Wednesday presentation:

Tonight I will be showing how to install and use Anderson PowerPole connectors. These are considered “the standard” power connector for ARES/RACES and allow interconnectability of power supplies, batteries, cables, etc. If assembled correctly there is no way the user can plug something in backwards and let the magic smoke escape from his radio gear.

While some may disagree on using the PowerPoles as a standard, I think we would agree that interconnectability is a good thing, and there has to be some standard… and it might as well be PowerPoles.

This is so easy even… uh, hams can do it.

This is a page of links and other information about the items I will be talking about tonight. Consider this email my “handouts” for the presentation.

Buy Anderson PowerPoles and related items at


Anderson Powerpoles

http://www.powerwerx.com/anderson-powerpoles/powerpole-sets/ http://www.westmountainradio.com/order_RC.htm

The 30 Amp type will interchange with 15 and 45 amp types. I suggest buying the 30 amp type to cover most of your needs.

On the West Mountain page you can also order red/black zip cord in various gauges.

How to install PowerPoles:

http://www.westmountainradio.com/supportrr.htm (scroll down to find the PowerPole Connector General Installation Tips)

Ready made cables/adapters


West Mountain Radio Rigrunner Power Strips
Note, you can buy the Rigrunner Power Strips alone, or with pkg of PowerPoles


Crimper for 15/20/45 amp Powerpoles


This is the most expensive ones are 39.99, but this one does a fine job on the 15 and 30 amp sizes for just $12.99 $15.99 (updated price as of Dec 22nd, 2012):


http://www.powerwerx.com/crimping-tools/powerpole-crimping-tool-15-30-amp.html (Updated URL as of Dec 22nd, 2012)

Other power cables and plugs for many ham radios:


For example, the plugs on top left, top right on that page fit many common 2 meter/mobile rigs.

The cable on the bottom left column fits both my Yaesu FT-897 and Icom 718.

Paul – AE5JU

Paul demonstrated installation of PowerPoles including his crimp, solder and heatshrink enhanced application.

Hope that these notes and links are of use in your work with PowerPoles.



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