PowerPole® Modular Connectors (5 red + 5 black + 10 contacts)
These connectors have quickly become the standard for portable radio operating. Their clever design means that they will only mate one way round while each connector is sexless. Brilliant! PowerPole® connectors are easy to fit and can be soldered or crimped. They are perfect for use in the shack or portable.
We have a suitable crimping tool available.
Bulk packs of connectors available too!
Don't risk destroying your radio by connecting the battery using crocodile clips.
We supply a pack of five red shells, five black shells and ten contacts.
- black 45 Amp housings (Anderson PowerPole® part# 1327G6)
- red 45 Amp housings (Anderson PowerPole® part# 1327)
- Genuine Anderson contacts (plated copper alloy)
We sell several types of Powerpole contact, which have different current ratings based on the size of wire they are designed to accept.
The Powerpole ends are identical for all the connectors we sell, so they can be connected together even if they have a different current rating. It is only the wire end which differs.
If crimping Powerpole contacts, the correct size contacts should be used. Otherwise, if contacts designed for thicker wire are used, there is a risk of the wire pulling out of the contact when tension is applied (such as when pulling on the cable to disconnect it from something).
If soldering wire to the contacts, the contact current rating is less critical. It is fine to use contacts that are larger than necessary, as the extra space can be filled with solder.
- 15A: wire size 20 to 16 AWG, 0.52 to 1.3 mm2 CSA
- 30A: wire size 16 to 12 AWG, 1.3 to 3.3 mm2 CSA
- 45A: wire size 14 to 10 AWG, 2.1 to 5.3 mm2 CSA
From time to time people ask me for roll pins for PowerPole® connectors. I have never used then and I don't stock them.
Why? Roll pins are NOT RECOMMENDED by the connector manufacturer.
The ARRL discusses them here.
Read what a reviewer says:
"[Roll pins] sound like a great idea until you try them out. The roll pins are so rigid and the plastic housings are so (relatively) flexible that instead of the roll pin compressing, the two housings spread apart slightly to accommodate the pin. This makes the pinned connector pair a little harder to connect to a pair that is not pinned due to the slight spacing mismatch. They also don't feel like they'll stay in place super reliably. If one comes loose, you've got a nice little conductive piece of metal bouncing around near your electrical equipment. That's a recipe for a really bad day if the pin finds it's way into anything with a circuit board. Other than trying one or two out initially, they're all sitting in the bottom of a box somewhere. I've never had problems with connectors coming apart anyways."
PowerPole® is a registered trademark of Anderson Power Products, Inc.
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Great connectors, easy to fit but use a suitable crimp tool for best results.
once bought crimpers now all my 12V equipment on P-P's, need to make an insertion tool for small wires as hard to fit in shells without damage to wire or self!!
Power pole connectors are really good, they are great in the shack and make powering kit in the field really really easy too. My only slightly negative comment, if you've never used them before, watch a video on how to use them and buy the bigger bag of connectors!
Rule 47: If it’s a 12v cable it should have Powerpoles fitted! Buying from SOTAbeams means that I know I’m getting genuine, non-knockoff Powerpole connectors. (Perhaps a BIG (25 connector) pack would be a good idea?). The usual good SOTAbeams service.
No problem assembling the parts. Used crimp tool then soldered connection
There are some fakes around, but SOTAbeams only supply the genuine ones so you can be sure of the best performance & safety. Handy to be able to buy in small quantities too. Search YouTube for handy crimping tutorials.