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Old 07-01-2012, 06:17 PM
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I am getting into gas to electric conversion and also building new electric planes and more so than ever I would like to know what make of connectors are the best for performance and ease of connecting and disconnecting. I like the Deans but thy are so difficult to get apart. I have ordered a ICE100 ECS, a Hacker 50 motor and a Watts up to put connectors on that have pretty heavy wires I would like to order the connectors based on suggestions.

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Old 07-01-2012, 06:27 PM
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Most of our club members use the Anderson Power Poles.
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Old 07-02-2012, 04:00 AM
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Used Power poles exclusively since 92. Prefer to solder rather than crimp 'cause I'm cheap and they can be reused.
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Old 07-02-2012, 05:23 PM
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Thanks to both of you, actually after reading your replys I went on ebay and found some at a reasonable price.
As always , thanks for your help.

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Prefer to solder rather than crimp 'cause I'm cheap and they can be reused.
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DITTO... You can buy a lot of solder for the price of that crimper!

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I use Deans Ultra. The bullet connectors lose tension and conductivity probably.
Here's a way to making Deans easier to use : 1. glue on strips of sandpaper to the halves for gripping. I use CA for that. 2. put a touch of petrolium jelly ( Vaseline ) on the prongs. The jelly is conductive and these fixes work for me.
My biggest motor only pulls 60 amps but the Deans are supposed to be good to 100 Amps.

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Also, sprinkle some powdered graphite on top of the vasoline or mineral oil.
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I use Deans Ultra on most of my planes. When soldering on them, plug the male and female together. This keeps them in alignment if the plastic housing softens from the heat. Also, if one becomes tight, I use di-electric grease. Early on I saw a neat tool in a tips column. It was a spring type clothes pin with 1/16 brass pins glued into holes drilled in the tip end. Matching holes were drilled through the connectors (use care to not hit the conductors). the pins were put into the connector holes, squeeze the clothes pin and the connector was pried open. I keep one of these in my tool box but have not had to use it since learning the soldering trick.
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I am new to electric and am converting an old 45 size 3d plane.

I see Anderson connectors up to 45 amps. My 50 size motor pulls about 60 amps at WOT. I have a 100 amp ESC and 5000mah 6s battery.

Will the 45 amp Anderson connectors handle the load?

Does anyone have advice on a spark arrestor wire setup?

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"I like the Deans but thy are so difficult to get apart. "

If you get a pair of circlip/snap ring pliers, and drill holes in each connector, you can use the pliers to unplug them easily.

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I am new to electric and am converting an old 45 size 3d plane.

I see Anderson connectors up to 45 amps. My 50 size motor pulls about 60 amps at WOT. I have a 100 amp ESC and 5000mah 6s battery.

Will the 45 amp Anderson connectors handle the load?

Does anyone have advice on a spark arrestor wire setup?

Thanx in advance

Not sure I would use a 45 amp rated plug for a 60 amp load...

Have you looked at the EC5 plugs from Hobby King? Rated at 120 amps. And like the Andersons, you solder the wire to the pins, then insert the pins into the housings. They'll handle a 10 gauge wire with ease and an 8 with a little work.

As for the spark arrestor, here's a picture of of one type. Just uses a resistor to connect first, before the main connection. Note Castle says you should not use them on their esc's.
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Thanx for the info. Do you leave the spark arrestor connected during flight or unplug it after you connect the main wires?
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Disconnect the arrestor after you've hooked up the main connection. The small wire wouldn't survive the amp draw otherwise.
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Got it.


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