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Power Supply Connects
« on: February 08, 2017, 08:04:52 AM »
Ok so I've always had my controllers with the power supply in the same box.  I'm starting to split that up to better manage controller ports and power.  What is everyone using for connects between the power supply and the controller when they are in separate boxes? 

Not really liking the idea of having a wire going between where I have to unscrew to separate them.  Was thinking about some XT60 connectors (https://www.amazon.com/OOOUSE-XT60-Connector-Pairs-pairs/dp/B005FAPYXS) but I'm curious what others are doing connecting separate power supply/controller boxes together. 

Note I'm not really concerned of having waterproof connectors since most of my controller boxes go inside another bigger box I build around them (yes overkill but I never liked the idea of keeping the bare CGxxxx box out in the open with the stuff inside).

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Re: Power Supply Connects
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2017, 08:32:36 AM »
I had really good luck with Neutrik Speak-On2.  They're rated for 30A.  And you can by the connector as "panel-mount," making it easy to place the female receptacle on your enclosure.

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Re: Power Supply Connects
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2017, 09:43:17 AM »
PowerPoles work great.They are used a lot with amateur radio, rc racing, and model railroading.
https://powerwerx.com/anderson-powerpole-connectors-30amp-bonded

You can buy them at McMaster Carr but they use a different name.  I'm not home now or I could give you a link to those as well.
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Re: Power Supply Connects
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2017, 09:44:01 AM »
Weatherpack connectors (from several vendors) are great when you need waterproof connections.  Here is a link to one vendor:  https://www.delcity.net/store/Weather-Pack-Female-Housing/p_809164.h_809166

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Re: Power Supply Connects
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2017, 01:08:40 PM »
Thanks everyone.

Jim looks like Amazon has them too, yeah for prime :)

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Re: Power Supply Connects
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2017, 02:10:10 PM »
PowerPoles work great.They are used a lot with amateur radio, rc racing, and model railroading.
https://powerwerx.com/anderson-powerpole-connectors-30amp-bonded

You can buy them at McMaster Carr but they use a different name.  I'm not home now or I could give you a link to those as well.


Thanks again for the recommendation.  Good quality connectors and not bad price wise overall (minus the initial buying crimper too)



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Re: Power Supply Connects
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2017, 08:57:50 AM »
Big +1 on the Anderson Pole connectors.


Just come from the HAM world and the are a fantastic solution for power connectors.


I am even considering using Anderson surface mounted connectors to use as power input for controller boxes.
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Re: Power Supply Connects
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2017, 09:01:45 AM »
Those look very nice.


What gauge wire are you using? 


I used some Wago 222 (5 port) and I have to say they are nifty and cheap ... and you can put even a 12ga wire in them (or mixed gauges).
No crimpers needed.  Not as elegant as the above solution, but pretty versatile.

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Re: Power Supply Connects
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2017, 09:22:22 AM »
I am just now building mt controller boxes. Based on my experience with HAM equipment I was considering these

Picture of Powerwerx PanelPole, Panel Mount Housing for Two Powerpole Connectors with a Weather Resistant Cover


and the connectors above


here is the link


https://powerwerx.com/panelpole-panel-mount-powerpole-housing


This post has convinced me to go this way. I have the connectpors and crippers from my left-over HAM life :) [size=78%] [/size]


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Re: Power Supply Connects
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2017, 03:19:23 PM »
Those look very nice.
What gauge wire are you using? 

I have used 12 ga for bus wires in model railroad for years.  These are used in modular layouts where there is no permanent bus line to carry power around a whole model railroad layout.  I also use 12 ga wire for connections between my power supplies and my controllers.  This lets me easily swap out controllers or PS.  These are not weatherproof connectors but used inside the case.  You could get by without the crimper made for these connectors if you do not flatten out the crimp.  A flattened crimp on the connector will not allow the connector to slip inside the housing.  The housings are available in multiple colors.  The connectors also come in at least two sizes for different wire gauges.  Beside the 12 ga I also have a supply of connectors for small ga wire.  The housing will interconnect in various ways letting you have two different polarized connections so that if you used both 12v and 5v they would not be able to interconnect.  Likewise you could use different colors for the housings.  The attached photo shows two connections between two PS and one F16v1.

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Re: Power Supply Connects
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2017, 07:18:39 PM »
Where do you guys get the 12 awg wire?  What I used last year was really stiff and not very flexible.


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Re: Power Supply Connects
« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2017, 12:28:19 AM »
This is the stuff we use on the North Slope in Alaska, Stays flexible to 80 below zero. A little more cost, but wont kink, coils nicely, silicone jacket. Thing to remember, the copper uses smaller hairs, so the diameter is slightly larger for the same wire gauge in the other types of cable. It is what I am using on my first display in Alaska.
There is another vendor in the lower 48 states that sells the same product, need to get with the parts guy to post that link.

http://store.polarwire.com/browse.cfm/arctic-ultraflex-blue/2,713.html


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Re: Power Supply Connects
« Reply #12 on: February 18, 2017, 06:55:57 AM »
Where do you guys get the 12 awg wire?  What I used last year was really stiff and not very flexible.

This is what I bought, It is relatively flexible. 12 awg Speaker Cable from Monoprice
https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=2817
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Re: Power Supply Connects
« Reply #13 on: February 18, 2017, 08:07:10 AM »
This is the stuff we use on the North Slope in Alaska, Stays flexible to 80 below zero. A little more cost, but wont kink, coils nicely, silicone jacket. Thing to remember, the copper uses smaller hairs, so the diameter is slightly larger for the same wire gauge in the other types of cable. It is what I am using on my first display in Alaska.
There is another vendor in the lower 48 states that sells the same product, need to get with the parts guy to post that link.

http://store.polarwire.com/browse.cfm/arctic-ultraflex-blue/2,713.html



Bump to remind you to post the lower 48 source as well please.

The ultra fine reminds me of my car stereo power wire.

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Re: Power Supply Connects
« Reply #14 on: February 18, 2017, 08:26:25 AM »
Many years ago I bought a big role of red black 12ga zip from powerwerx.  Still have some left.  I wish it was the price it was back then.  Don't remember the exact amount but I recall it being at least half of todays price.

https://powerwerx.com/red-black-bonded-zip-cord

 

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