PowerPole® Modular Connectors Shack Pack
***There are a lot of fake connectors about. We sell only genuine Anderson PowerPole® connectors.***
12 red shells, 12 black shells, 24 contacts
These connectors have quickly become the standard for DC distribution at home and in the field. 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. Large orders will be sent as a bulk pack.
Don't risk destroying your radio by using crocodile clips or "banana" plugs.
Our Shack Pack consists of 12 red shells, 12 black shells and 24 contacts.
- black housings (Anderson PowerPole® part# 1327G6)
- red housings (Anderson PowerPole® part# 1327)
- genuine Anderson 15/30/45 Amp solder/crimp contacts (plated copper alloy)
- 15A and 30A are Closed Barrel. 45A is Open Barrel (see diagram in contact type section)
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. For example, when pulling on the cable to disconnect it from something (although for disconnecting all types of cables including Powerpole cables, it is usually better to pull directly on the connector instead of the cable if you can!).
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. Please note the 45A connector is an open barrel connector and will need the barrel closing up using pliers /crimper before soldering to allow the contact to be correctly inserted into the shell.
- 15A: wire size 20 to 16 AWG, 0.52 to 1.3 mm2 CSA Closed Barrel
- 30A: wire size 16 to 12 AWG, 1.3 to 3.3 mm2 CSA Closed Barrel
- 45A: wire size 14 to 10 AWG, 2.1 to 5.3 mm2 CSA Open Barrel
("CSA" wire sizes are the "cross-sectional area" of the wire.)
Why we don't stock roll pins? 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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Much less frustrating than playing hunt the power cable. Simple to fit and simple to use. Do yourself a favour and get the bespoke crimp tool. Does a solid and professional job.
Ive used these in the past, and knew they were excellent units. I didn’t want to buy some cheap copy which might let me down on a hillside or away from home, so bought from a trader I trust to sell the ‘real deal’.
Ordered these to do some boat wiring. With the accompanying crimper, getting these connectors on was really easy to do; some of my wire is lighter than the terminals are designed to hold, so a double crimp was in order - passed the pull test, so I'm happy!
Haven't deleved deeply into the relative merits of different manufacturers of these connectors but trust SOTABEAMS' advice that these are the real deal (I refrain from other analogies related to bits of canine anatomy...). They certainly look good quality and that being the case the price is very reasonable. Will advise if my shack burns down.... :-)
easy to work with, good product.
Excellent value for 12 genuine 30A power pole connectors. I also have the crimp tool which makes a first class job of termination DC connections. WIth smaller gauge wire I double up the centre conductor and lightly solder the connection for added machanical security.
Simple to assemble, easy to plug in and remove.
Exactly what I wanted
Well made product. Easy to build and works as expected. Need to take care when soldering cable connection or the plugs don’t insert fully. I use the for all 12 volt power