Crimp Tool for PowerPole® Connectors
***A good quality tool that will give years of service***
For 15-30-45 Amp inserts. PowerPole® connectors can be crimped or soldered. Crimping is a quick and effective way of making reliable DC connections.
Useful as a "club-buy" to share between members. Connectors not included.
Tips on crimping
Crimping is a connection method that requires the plug insert to be deformed to grip the wire (to form a good connection). If the wire in the crimp is too small, the crimp will not be deformed sufficiently to grip the wire. In such cases, it is often possible to get a viable crimp by doubling up the wire inside the crimp. If this fails you either need a smaller crimp or you will have to solder the wire.
45 Amp Powerpole contacts have a slightly different design to the 30 and 15 Amp variety. The 45 A contacts have open "wings" to accommodate the wire correctly. To get a good crimp they need to be carefully aligned in the tool. If you are not very good at aligning things, an easy way to ensure a good crimp is to squeeze the wings together with very slightly with pliers once the wire is inserted and before crimping.
PowerPole® is a registered trademark of Anderson Power Products, Inc.
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Indispensable! Perfect crimps every time. make sure you hold the crimps at the end of the handle for best leverage.
I tried the solder method first and soon found that wasn't for me. So I splashed out on the crimp tool. I found it very much quicker and easier to make up power pole connectors. Getting more done, than if I'd stuck with soldering the connectors. The crimp tool is solidly made and simple to use so I expect to get years of use out of it.
much better than trying to use normal terminal crimpers. take time to set up correctly and all will be well. have remade all my leads A P P are the best cold fingers on sota tops and no mistakes.
Although I have only an occasional need to terminate Powerpole connectors this tool does such a good job that it was well worth buying.
Great crimper with instructions included on the back cardboard. Insert the right way up, squeeze until the click, job's done. If it's really light wire (I'm using 30As), double crimping works just fine.
Mine has three annoying issues:-
1, after crimping 3 or so power poles one half of the rubber handle slides down and needs pushing back into place regularly!
2, no stop end to align power pole prior to crimping!
3, after each crimp on any of the 15/30/45 settings the power pole is stuck in the jaws which means I have to prise out the crimped power pole therefore putting it to undue stress!
Individually the above issues are not so important. Just proves the tool isn’t in the quality class. Would not buy another but at the same time I will put up with it until I loose it.
I am not the only person with these same issues.
73, Richard de 5B4AJG.
[Admin: Thank you for taking the time to review the Crimp Tool. We are sorry to hear it doesn't live up to your standards, but we hope it continues to serve you well.]
If you use Power Pole connectors you need this tool. Works perfectly. Just make sure the connector is the correct way up first and you use the correct crimp slot. I’ve always preferred soldering connectors and first time using this found the crimps solid. Couldn’t pull the wire out if I tried.
Great tool. Gave it 4 stars because the original Anderson can be the only one deserving 5 stars but is of course way too expensive. The one from SotaBeams does the job very nicely.
This is a decent crimp tool which does the job as it should be done.
I decided to buy the correct tool for this product but I am very disappointed with the poor way it crimps the 45 amp powerpoles. I wasted many crimps trying to get it to crimp properly but everytime I crimped a 45 amp connecter it bent one side of the holding crimp in the other direction meaning outside the unit not in to the middle! I wasn't doing it incorrectly either. To me the crimp tool was not correctly set up or machined properly. The only way I could make it crimp correctly was to use pliers to very gently squash the two sides together then it worked but really it should have worked properly.
I did phone Richard up at Sotabeams but he wasn't really interested and didn't offer me a replacement just saying that I have sorted it out by using pliers to make it work ok. He sent me 5 new 45 amp inserts replacing the ones that the tool damaged. I wasn't impressed how he dealt with it. The tool was faulty! He should have offered me a replacement. I shouldn't have to use pliers on the crimps before I make up new cables. So I am very disappointed!