PowerPole®, Fused DC Connector Box

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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.

What's included?

  • 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.

Specifications:

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:

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.

 

Also available from our international agent(s):  
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PowerPole® is a registered trademark of Anderson Power Products, Inc.

 

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  • 5
    Fused Connector Box using PowerPoles

    Posted by Peter on 8th Nov 2019

    A neat little solution to supplying multiple 13V loads, and with fused outlets. Mine are on the outputs from battery supply for portable, or a modified Blade psu. in the shack.
    Don't make the mistake of too long wiring from the battery or psu.

  • 5
    PCB Assembly

    Posted by MARTIN BLAIN on 24th Oct 2019

    This was an easy PCB to assemble, however i refined my method quickly. The Fuse Holders were easier to solder in if Rosin Flux was used in the pre-tinning process before insertion into the PCB. This enabled an even solder quantity to be delivered to each post. My soldering iron was 25 watts and adequate for the job. I purchased the PCB Kit only but thing that it would have been better to buy the complete kit, as I now have to mount the completed PCB,this is more time to finish the SOTA Project.
    73's Martin ZL1MX

  • 5
    Fused 6 way DC Connector Box

    Posted by Tim on 14th Jul 2019

    Really happy with the kit. Arrived quickly and all parts were correctly supplied. Instruction were clear and i found them easy to follow. For reference, the LED needs to be mounted as per the graphic on the board even though its polarity will not match the marking also on the board. Personally i would suggest that this small piece of info is added to the instructions as it did cause me to check the polariy and operation prior to soldering the LED on to the board. Great kit, very satisfied

  • 4
    Fuser 6

    Posted by Colin M1BUU on 28th Jun 2019

    I needed a convenient system for distribution of power from my 12v solar power system. I wanted a neat panel just above my work desk so that I can plug in a HF set or soldering iron etc. I looked at home brew but power pole connectors tend to be quite expensive, it seemed like the best option was to order the parts only distribution panel kit from SOTAbeams.
    Once soldered, the board works as advertised. I opted to make an enclosure from a sheet of perspex and a double mains socket back box - this cost roughly £3, and in my opinion still looks pretty smart.
    The PCB was hard to solder, especially the fuse holders, I'm experienced (and certified) in soldering but it took a lot of effort to get the joints to look nice. I'd say it might be beneficial to pre-tin the fuse holder connectors before assembly, but it may to problems later on (soldering fuses to holders by accident).
    Overall - quality product, works well when assembled, but assembly not as easy as it looks.

  • 5
    Exellent

    Posted by Alan on 3rd May 2019

    This is an exellent piece of kit extremely useful base or portable

  • 4
    Power distribution box

    Posted by G Richard Kreuter on 31st Mar 2019

    Board design makes soldering difficult even with a big tip iron. Especially the fuse holders

  • 5
    Powerpole Fuser-6

    Posted by Bryan Page on 2nd Jan 2019

    Easy to build and looks smart on anybody's shack desk.

  • 5
    fuser 6 powerpole fused box

    Posted by Bill on 12th Sep 2018

    Just what i wanted for portable use

  • 5
    DC distribution

    Posted by Dave G7WHI on 30th Aug 2018

    These are such a nice little project and really handy in the shack. So good I ended up buying another! Please believe the other comments about needing a high power soldering iron. I used a 50w iron and cranked the temperature up a bit.