Author Topic: Why have I not been using 18-22 gauge heat shrink butt splices??  (Read 3553 times)

Offline drm1963

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Join Date: Dec 2016
  • Location:
  • Posts: 9
  • Kudos: 2
Re: Why have I not been using 18-22 gauge heat shrink butt splices??
« Reply #45 on: February 17, 2017, 06:15:49 PM »
like that 3D wire holder.  I also don't have a printer yet, but the local library has them for free use just supply or buy the wire and reserve the time.

I have a DJI Phantom1 and with me I do not utilize it as much as I thought I would so I would rather have a 3D printer or CNC Router!

Offline zwiller

  • Falcon Beta Team
  • **
  • Join Date: Mar 2013
  • Location: Sandusky, OH
  • Posts: 836
  • Kudos: 10
Re: Why have I not been using 18-22 gauge heat shrink butt splices??
« Reply #46 on: May 02, 2017, 08:27:06 AM »
Casually looking over an audio catalog I get and saw these.  They were in the outdoor section and were highly rated.  Anyone try em?  They look promising as I was looking for a no stripping option and no fancy tool required.  https://www.amazon.com/Dolphin-DC-100S-Super-Connector-Sealant/dp/B000JP3GB6/ref=pd_cp_60_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B000JP3GB6&pd_rd_r=C6CNE881HN0K4TM9WXFE&pd_rd_w=N7bi0&pd_rd_wg=oeIPX&psc=1&refRID=C6CNE881HN0K4TM9WXFE

I never heard of them until now but they have been around awhile so there are knockoffs.  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005IKCLPO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A1MIGQX5UYTESL 
Sam

Last year's video: https://vimeo.com/150560653

Offline pixelpuppy

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Join Date: Aug 2015
  • Location: Dallas, TX
  • Posts: 456
  • Kudos: 8
Re: Why have I not been using 18-22 gauge heat shrink butt splices??
« Reply #47 on: May 02, 2017, 01:06:24 PM »
Casually looking over an audio catalog I get and saw these.  They were in the outdoor section and were highly rated.  Anyone try em?  They look promising as I was looking for a no stripping option and no fancy tool required.  https://www.amazon.com/Dolphin-DC-100S-Super-Connector-Sealant/dp/B000JP3GB6/ref=pd_cp_60_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B000JP3GB6&pd_rd_r=C6CNE881HN0K4TM9WXFE&pd_rd_w=N7bi0&pd_rd_wg=oeIPX&psc=1&refRID=C6CNE881HN0K4TM9WXFE

I never heard of them until now but they have been around awhile so there are knockoffs.  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005IKCLPO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A1MIGQX5UYTESL

Sam, I have been using those for over 30 years.  ;D  They have gel-filled and non-filled.  Be sure you get the gel-filled for outdoor use. These "jelly beans" were the old standard for telecom splicing before the ScotchLock  "buttons" came  out. 

I use them for quick field repairs (after the lights are all hung outside) because they are so quick and easy. But at the end of show season I usually redo any of these splices with solder and heat shrink.

You are correct that they don't require the wires to be stripped first, but it can be a pretty tight fit with the insulation on some pixel strings.  I have had to strip the insulation on some where the insulation of two wires was to fat to fit the opening of the jelly beans.   For telco wire (like Cat-5 which has thin insulation) these work great.
« Last Edit: May 02, 2017, 01:13:04 PM by pixelpuppy »
Vixen3, FPP, F16v2, xL4

Offline zwiller

  • Falcon Beta Team
  • **
  • Join Date: Mar 2013
  • Location: Sandusky, OH
  • Posts: 836
  • Kudos: 10
Re: Why have I not been using 18-22 gauge heat shrink butt splices??
« Reply #48 on: May 03, 2017, 10:26:15 AM »
THANKS.  Since you used these for so long, what's your preferred crimp tool or are these as forgiving as they claim to be?  Yes, only field repair "show must go on" stuff here too. 

Offline pixelpuppy

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Join Date: Aug 2015
  • Location: Dallas, TX
  • Posts: 456
  • Kudos: 8
Re: Why have I not been using 18-22 gauge heat shrink butt splices??
« Reply #49 on: May 03, 2017, 11:09:32 AM »
THANKS.  Since you used these for so long, what's your preferred crimp tool or are these as forgiving as they claim to be?  Yes, only field repair "show must go on" stuff here too.
Any pliers will work, but its better if you have some with smooth jaws (no teeth).  If you don't have smooth-jaw pliers, many diagonal cutters have smooth crimping surface on the handle side of the fulcrum which also works well.
« Last Edit: May 03, 2017, 11:58:29 AM by pixelpuppy »

 

Back to top