[time-nuts] Anderson PowerPole (was Charles Wenzel GPSDO)

Mark Spencer mark at alignedsolutions.com
Thu Jun 22 13:04:16 EDT 2017

Good point and for hobby use (ie. Amateur radio, time nuts pursuits etc.) I can see this being a consideration.   

That being said in my prior day jobs where we had various solar panel, battery, charge controller, AC powered charger,  load combinations etc.. as far as I can recall I never encountered equipment that  allowed for that  specific use case via hermaphroditic connectors.  It is still a good point however.

Mark Spencer

mark at alignedsolutions.com
604 762 4099

> On Jun 22, 2017, at 9:25 AM, Richard (Rick) Karlquist <richard at karlquist.com> wrote:
> No one has brought up the issue of hermaphrodicity, so
> I will.  Only PP's are hermaphroditic.  Why does this
> matter?  It matters in the case of a battery.  A battery
> is both a power source and a power sink.  In the PP
> system, you can make a 3 way connection between a
> power source, a power sink, and a battery, where
> the battery float charges on the 12V bus it is connected
> to.  Non-hermaphroditic connector schemes do not allow
> a 3 way connection.  Attempting to do a work around
> would require fabricating a special 3 way harness,
> which would not be idiot proof.
> This is the fundamental reason for using PP's.
> If you never use batteries, then all the other
> gendered connector schemes are fair game.
> As far as connectors pulling out is concerned:
> use a cable clamp to strain relieve the connection.
> Rick N6RK
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