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    Default Anderson Plug Crimping Tool

    What is the correct crimping tool to use on anderson plugs?
    I used one for small cable connectors and stuffed it up!

    Is crimping better than soldering?
    Read that solder adds to the resistance and voltage loss in the connection.

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    Default Re: Anderson Plug Crimping Tool

    You get a very nice Hex crimper. I see 4X4 Direct sells them.
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    Default Re: Anderson Plug Crimping Tool

    I have this one

    https://www.adendorff.co.za/product/...caAuAfEALw_wcB

    I must admit that for me its not user friendly, you have to pomp the handle for ages to actually crimp something. I did use it on some 25mm cable & then it seriously came into its own.

    I will get this one at some point seeing as it should be less fiddly

    https://4x4direct.co.za/tools-/9121-...242063176.html

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    Default Re: Anderson Plug Crimping Tool

    It might be easier to solder but the loss you mention is negligable. Alternatively depending on number of crimps you doing it might be advantagious to get a decent hex crimper like this one. you get in a smaller size as well but they are somewhat pricey
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wylie E View Post
    It might be easier to solder but the loss you mention is negligable. Alternatively depending on number of crimps you doing it might be advantagious to get a decent hex crimper like this one. you get in a smaller size as well but they are somewhat pricey
    Actually the hex crimper in the earlier link is a good buy.

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    The problem with soldering by some is that wires tend to break off due to rigidity etc etc. As for resistance, not enough to even consider losses unless you dealing with a space ship. Nice thing about crimping is that wire has flex at back of crimp. But it's a heavy debated subject.

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    Default Re: Anderson Plug Crimping Tool

    I have a heavy duty pair similar to these that I bought from a departing HT electrical guy. Work well on different size lugs, they just don't fit the bigger Anderson plugs, only really good to 50amp. Beyond that I use a makulu pair of pliers.

    I crimp and then solder as well. I have no idea if it is better that way but I figure it can't do any harm.

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    Default Re: Anderson Plug Crimping Tool

    If it's just a couple, try your closest Auto Elec or the Battery Centre guys are very helpful

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    Default Re: Anderson Plug Crimping Tool

    I fill the Anderson lugs with small bits of solder, heat up with a blowtorch and then push the cable in. I have had no problems in 10 years and 3 caravans later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhaynes View Post
    I fill the Anderson lugs with small bits of solder, heat up with a blowtorch and then push the cable in. I have had no problems in 10 years and 3 caravans later.
    I can just say just like welding some solder joints could be good or bad. In my 2nd car a Fiat 124ST I wired in an ammeter with charge and discharge through the ammeter. I drove it for 14years and those 8 solder joints never gave problems. Those years crimping tools were not a standard tool in every toolbox. Times are a change.

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    I also fill that lug with solder, heat it up and push the wire in. Done that for many years and never had a failure. My crimping tool is anyway also useless for that.
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    [QUOTE=JLK;4729211]I also fill that lug with solder, heat it up and push the wire in. Done that for many years and never had a failure. My crimping tool is anyway also useless for that.

    I crimp, then heat the base of the connection with a small gas blowtorch and melt the solder into the connection - it runs in like water and that works really well for me.
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    Default Re: Anderson Plug Crimping Tool

    Solder it and heat shrink . Gives the wire a bit more support at the pin

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    Default Re: Anderson Plug Crimping Tool

    Quote Originally Posted by Eli Stone View Post
    Solder it and heat shrink . Gives the wire a bit more support at the pin
    That's what I do, seems to work

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    The advantage of soldering it is that you can always desolder and use again
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    Default Re: Anderson Plug Crimping Tool

    [QUOTE=Onematch;4729293]
    Quote Originally Posted by JLK View Post
    I also fill that lug with solder, heat it up and push the wire in. Done that for many years and never had a failure. My crimping tool is anyway also useless for that.

    I crimp, then heat the base of the connection with a small gas blowtorch and melt the solder into the connection - it runs in like water and that works really well for me.
    Saw a video. Chap crimps lug then at top of lug, melts solder into inspection hole. He says it prevents water ingress into cable(I can agree here), then he adds heatshrink over back of lug and cable.

    With our High voltage joints we use to use weak back ferrels to join cable, ie crimp around cable and pour in solder. The solder not only joined cable but acted as a moisture stop. Today we use solid Centre ferrels to joint with.
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    Default Re: Anderson Plug Crimping Tool

    Always ensure you have the correct lug size for the wire diameter, and if you do, you cannot give the wire a twist after stripping the plastic, because then it no longer fits into the lug.

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    Default Re: Anderson Plug Crimping Tool

    Ever heard of a dry Joint

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    Default Re: Anderson Plug Crimping Tool

    The Anderson connectors are really solid so you'll need a meneer of a crimper to crimp them successfully.
    However soldering is comparatively easy. If you use solder with flux impregnated into it the join will be fine if you heat it well enough. (and don't move the cable or connector until it has solidified!)
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    Default Re: Anderson Plug Crimping Tool

    Problem with an Anderson or Brad Harris plug is that the plug hole is more often than not waaay bigger than the cable going in to it. If you are going to crimp it it is important to double it back on itself a few times to get the hole as full as possible before crimping it. A hex crimper works verry well and if you can get solder in after crimping that is first prize. having a piece of heatshrink is a brilliant idea,

    When soldering with rosin core the flux migrates ynder the insulation and at the point it stops it creates a weak spot where the wire breaks off, the heat shrink adds suport at that transition point. This is the main reason why aytomotive luggs are designed to be crimped and not soldered, the vibration breaks the cable at the transition point. Plumbing solder is a capilary solder and the flyx is critical for the solder to flow so it can be better controlled just make sure the solder is cleaned off all flux as it is usually acid based

    Contrary to popular belief the plug on an Anderson is not so thick as one would like to think.
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