PowerPole® Fuser-6 Fused Connector Box
***Hundreds in use across the world!***
The lightest PowerPole® distribution box by far
The SOTABEAMS PowerPole® Fuser-6 makes light work of connecting five accessories to your power source (it has one input and 5 outputs). All the connectors are individually fused. In a typical shack you might have a 100 Watt HF radio, a 50 watt 2m FM radio, an antenna tuner and a QRP rig all connected to your Fuser-6 - and still have a spare connector!
The Fuser-6 is supplied with 3 x 25 Amp and 3 x 5 Amp fuses. Standard automotive blade fuses make replacement easy - these are widely available with values from 1 to 30 Amps. The Fuser-6 incorporates a polarity warning system; lights GREEN for GOOD and RED for REVERSE. This is handy when you have a battery connected to the system to help avoid damage to your equipment if you accidentally get the battery connections wrong.
Naturally we have designed the Fuser-6 to be light and rugged too. The Fuser-6; at home in the shack or in the field; it's perfect for DX-pedition use. It's already proving popular with Emcoms and RAYNET users. The Fuser-6 is easy to mount at home, just drill and screw through the rear of the box.
The Fuser-6 internal circuitry is rated at 25 Amps (30 Amp surge); no mean feat for a PCB design. To achieve this we had to use a special up-rated PCB with double weight copper. We also use some clever design to further improve the current handling: ultrawide copper tracks are used on both sides of the board. These are roller tinned (both sides) to reduce the resistance even more. Finally we use plated through vias, carefully located to ensure an even current distribution between each face of the board. This is a unit built to a high specification! Of course the Fuser-6 uses genuine Andersen PCB contacts too for lower contact resistance and improved reliability.
The Fuser-6 is available in three forms.
- The board kit is great for people making a Go-box and wanting to mount the Fuser-6 as part of their project.
- The board kit plus enclosure is a nice one-evening project that is suitable for constructors of all ages and abilities.
- And, of course the Fuser-6 is available built and tested too!
For best results make sure that you use a soldering iron of at least 50 Watts. Additional flux is also helpful to ensure a good result.
- The Board kit consists of:
- 1 x PCB,
- 12 x PCB contacts,
- 6 x red PowerPole® connector shells,
- 6 x black PowerPole® connector shells,
- 6 x 30 Amp fuse holders,
- 6 x fuses (3 x 25 A, 3 x 5 A)
- 1 x Polarity indicator.
- Download the instructions here
- Estimated assembly time 40 minutes
- Note: we can provide, on request, an Autocad DXF file for use when mounting the board kit
- The Board kit + enclosure kit adds:
- ABS box,
- laser-cut and engraved transparent acrylic front panel and;
- board mounting hardware.
- Estimated assembly time (full product) 1 hour 10 minutes
- Alternatively you can buy the Fuser-6 ready-built and tested.
Note that for best results make sure that you use a soldering iron of at least 50 Watts. Additional flux is also helpful to ensure a good result.
25 Amps continuous, 30 Amps surge (adjacent connectors)
1 input, 5 outputs
Power Bus resistance typically less than 1.8 milli Ohms end to end
Weight 135 g (less than 5 oz.)
W 68 x L 130 x H 40 mm (Height excludes connectors) 2.75 x 5 x 1.6 inches
Spare fuses are good to have. We sell a range of automotive blade fuses. Dont leave it until you have blown a fuse - get some in stock.
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This is an economical way to set up the shack with PowerPoles. It's an easy build but do be sure you have a BIG soldering iron available to solder the connectors to the pcb. My 60w Tenma soldering station was not man enough.
Excellent product great for portable use
What a great little unit. Easy to assemble in a short time and when finished looks professional.
Excellent product - assembly was straightforward - value for money.
Purchased the ready made unit. A great product to distribute your DC connections. reverse polarity protected by use of the Anderson Powerpoles and each outlet fused.
A highly recommended piece of kit for in the shack or portable use.
Very well made product very useful for base and portable
Having bought one of these kits some while ago to use for portable operation, a shack reorganisation prompted me to order another one as a permanent way of supplying DC to all of the 'static' rigs and bits and pieces found in a typical station. Easily put together, in my view they are an essential element in any setup. Great product!
I found this kit easy to assemble and the instructions excellent. The finished product looks very smart and I particularly like the laser etched labels on the front panel.
As with some other reviews below I also echo the advice that you need a high powered soldering iron. I used an 50W Antec soldering station and it was only just up to the task.
I bought this kit along with a "Connectors Shack Pack", and quickly got PowerPole fever. This basically involved my running about adding PowerPole connectors to everything I could get my hands on (within reason). The connections plug in with a satisfying clunk and feel very secure, so I want them on everything.
A very useful accessory however, it would benefit from an "Input" pair of Power poles on the end using the right angle PCB connector pins and moulding retaining plates that are available from the importers.