The 30 amp Anderson Powerpole® is quickly becoming the standard power connector of preference within emergency communications organizations around the country. First becoming popular in the Pacific Northwest, the Powerpole® allows for quick field installation and interchange of power supplies and radio equipment without having to resort to adapter cables, clip leads and other jury rigged arrangements.
Powerpoles® are both polarized and genderless, so you never have to worry about male vs. female or positive vs. negative. Connections can be quickly made and remade in the dark without any hassles and the 30 amp connector can easily handle 100 watt radios.
Housings should be mated according to the diagram above, viewing from the contact side (opposite the wire side), tongue down, hood up, RED on the LEFT, BLACK on the RIGHT.
Highly conductive silver-plated copper contacts allow minimal contact resistance at high currents. Self-wiping action on make and break keeps conducting surfaces clean. Contact dents keep connectors mated in high-vibration applications and provide quick-break, snap action upon disconnect.
Noncorrosive stainless-steel leaf springs maintain constant contact pressure -- ideal for frequent connections / disconnections and intermittent overloading. Durable, high impact-resistant, polycarbonate housing with UL94V-2 flammability ratings comes in many colors for circuit traceability and coding.
Identical connector halves are genderless -- making assembly quick and easy and reducing the number of parts stocked. Molded-in dovetails allow for customized harnesses in a variety of configurations.
The only difference between the 15 and 30 amp connectors is the size of wire the contacts are designed to accommodate. The 15-ampere contacts are designed for 16-20 AWG wire and the 30-ampere contacts are designed for 12-16 AWG wire. The contacts can be soldered or crimped to the wires. A quality "stake" type crimping tool can be purchased at most hardware or electrical supply stores. Klein makes an excellent one.
After a contact has been attached to a wire, it should be installed into the housing so that the housing spring mates with the underside of the contact. A thin-bladed screwdriver can often be helpful in "setting" the contacts.
To remove a contact from the housing, use a very small blade (jewelers screwdriver or X-acto knife) to depress the spring, allowing the contact to be removed.
For a more detailed description and information on Powerpole® connectors, click here.
Here are the Anderson part numbers:
Anderson Powerpole® connectors are available from:
401 South Harbor Blvd. F320
La Habra, CA 90631
Wes Allen, K7WWG
665 SW 167th Avenue
Beaverton, OR 97006
Richard Heryford, WD6ESZ
1175 Baker Street, Bldg. D-13, Apt #210
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
416 Diens Drive
Wheeling, IL 60090
http://www.cablexperts.com (under DC Power)
(parts #803-0100, 803-0108, 803-0125, 803-0164)
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