This article says soldering is less desirable
than crimps for Anderson Power Pole terminals.
I was taught that soldering is far better than crimp.
What's your thoughts?
Solder will work for a connection that does not move, but for a
connection that moves crimping is more desireable as the wire will not
break as easily.
Crimping is generally more desirable for most electrical connections.
On Sat, 28 Dec 2013 23:33:01 -0500, "Ralph Mowery"
That was an interesting article written by a knowledgeable author.
However, it didn't say anything different from what I said farther
down in this thread. He may have said it more eloquently though.
The one thing that was definitely not said was any mention of atoms
fusing. That was why I commented about your smoking habits.
On Sat, 28 Dec 2013 21:06:37 -0600, Gordon Shumway
What's your issue? What he said is perfectly correct. Crimping is
better but only if it's done *right*. We often do both (crimp, then
solder) because we don't have the proper tools for all of the
connectors we use. Usually the stuff only has to last a few weeks of
light usage, though. I'd never do it for anything safety related or
has to last decades, though.
The comment Clare@Snyder.... made about solder wicking back up the
wire and stiffening it rings true to me - because that's where the two
failures I've experienced happened: about a quarter inch up the wire
from the actual joint.
On 12/29/13, 2:28 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Haven't scrutinized this whole thread... but do know in aerospace
crimping is preferred in most cases, but solder is both needed and used
in some situations.
As a side note...
The above poster mentions AC43.13-1b... this is a publication put out by
the FAA. The 'AC' stands for 'Advisory Circular'(even though in this
case the printed version is a book). PDF copies are freely available for
download from the FAA website, along with hundreds if not thousands of
other advisory circulars & handbooks. Even though their main focus is
aircraft, they contains loads excellent BS/advertizing free information.
For more wiring/soldering/crimping info, also go to NASA's site and find
a PDF of:
It's also free. (If you have trouble finding it there, just Google it...
it's all over the web) Like the FAA, NASA also has a ton of technical
PDF's up... look through them while your there.
Not looked at either, under magnifier. I've done
both, with small terminals. Haven't soldered since
I was a teen, but I was taught that soldering was
preferred. I actually crimp, and then heat it up
and solder. Well, I used to.
True. Both can be easily screwed up. All those pins in a D-connector
are crimped and I've seen 'em last decades. OTOH, I'll solder the
lugs to my car or golf cart battery. Big stranded cable crimps are
prone to corrosion, more so than small stranded wire. As always, the
correct crimper is a must. Those Amp pin crimpers can be damned
expensive, but they do the job.
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