[time-nuts] Anderson PowerPole (was Charles Wenzel GPSDO)
mark at alignedsolutions.com
Thu Jun 22 11:35:31 EDT 2017
For amateur radio use I've never perceived power poles as offering enough of an advantage over most other power connectors to make me willing to change my other connectors for power poles. I do own some equipment that came with factory installed power pole connectors and I'm generally ok with how they work. Some other amateur radio operators have expressed surprise at my extensive use of non power pole connectors and the use of power poles does seem common in the amateur radio world.
For time nuts and amateur radio use I've been quite happy with the multi pin circular "cannon" style connectors. That would be my typical choice for a "high end" power connector for my various hobbies. At the "low end" I'm happy with two pin "trailer" style connectors but in my experience they are generally only available in "pig tail" form. Both the "cannon" style and "trailer" style connectors are readily available to me as "over the counter" items which plays a major role in my affinity towards them.
Where I used to work "Deutch" connectors were very popular and those are also available to me as an "over the counter" item. I expect I'll start using those at some point as well and will probably switch out the bulk of my "trailer" style connectors for Detch connectors.
I can also see some merit in using XLR style connectors in some applications. I strongly dislike the use of "phono plugs" and PL259 connectors for power supply applications.
All the best
mark at alignedsolutions.com
> On Jun 22, 2017, at 5:57 AM, Wes <wes at triconet.org> wrote:
> Hi Tom,
> I said I use PPs but I don't really like them. If you use a pair as a cable splice then yes, you can tie them together, but in the specific case I referred to, the connection on Elecraft radios, the mate is sticking out the back of a panel and it's impossible to knot the cable or use a zip tie. I am certainly not the only one who has had issues with this. And lest I be called an idiot, this is with a factory assembled and supplied pigtail.
>> On 6/22/2017 12:19 AM, Tom Van Baak wrote:
>> Wes, Don,
>> I am quite surprised at the negative reaction to Anderson Power Pole connectors. I have found them the best DC connector out there. I have used them for a decade or two for all my DC feeds and have never had a problem: in my home lab, my car, even for my laptop charger. They are inexpensive, reliable, genderless (hermaphroditic) and easy to crimp. I use them for my 5V, 12V, 24V, and 48V supplies as well as my DC backup systems.
>> What on earth are you doing with them that causes them to disconnect? I mean, they are not meant for towing or lifting or rappelling. For critical applications there is a plastic gizmo that keeps them mated; or just use a square or figure 8 knot on the cables.
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