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Old 02-05-2007, 08:48 PM   #1
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This my be a silly qustion but I was wondering what do u guys pefor soldering or plugs? (on ur batteries or motors) I am using plugs right know but they are ok and I was wondering if it would be a good idea to solder instend? I have asked some people and some pros but I realy do not get a clear anser so I thougth I would ask u guys and mabey if u guys can tell me wich one is better and why? or if there realy is a diffrence between soldering or plugs.
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Well they work fine. I run Deans in my 2wd buggy. Now I run direct solder in my 4 wheel cause of limited space. Whatever will be easier for you.
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Yeah that is true too. But I am still wondering wich is better or if there is any diffrence.
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There is less resistance with direct soldering, but you can't feel the difference. I prefer to direct solder cause it doesn't look as clustered.
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I prefer plugs just for the ease of use. Deans plugs have very little resistence. I've read that they are comparable to about 10 inches of 12 gauge wire, and that's pretty good. But since you do run a 1/12, hard wiring might be a little better just because of space and clutter.
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The deans dont add any if at all for resistance....DEans for me!
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for your motor direct soldering with the shortest leads you can get away with is best. along with direct soldering to your battery the two together would maybe decrease voltage loss by like .10 volts(thats a guess it could be more than that) but any gain in voltage to your esc and then from there that you lose as little volts as possible is good. but ultimately its all personal preference and how easy you want your time at the track to go. if your turning your motor every other run plugs make it easier and for you batts then anyone could help you if end up in back to back races they could plug your pack in the second car and put it on the track for you and you wouldn't have to worry about a mistake. even when your esc is off it drains power.
plus you don't have to cary your iron to the track either. its up to you though.
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The deans dont add any if at all for resistance....DEans for me!

Anytime you interrupt a connection you will have resistance.
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Anytime you interrupt a connection you will have resistance.
Yes true but not enough to notice. The plugs are way easier.....IMHO
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But direct solder uses less wire for a cleaner set-up (and saves a few grams too).
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I have tried both, and I prefer the plugs. I don't however like deans except if I needed to run plugs to a motor. I prefer to use either powerpoles or corally style plugs. Powerpoles are easy to assemble, you don't need a specific male or female, and you don't need to run both wires to one connector as the connector goes on each individual wire, so you can run your wires really short.
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i perfer plugs just because you dont always have to have a hot iron around .
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I have tried both, and I prefer the plugs. I don't however like deans except if I needed to run plugs to a motor. I prefer to use either powerpoles or corally style plugs. Powerpoles are easy to assemble, you don't need a specific male or female, and you don't need to run both wires to one connector as the connector goes on each individual wire, so you can run your wires really short.
deans isint really that hard to put togher .
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The choice is ultimately up to you. I use deans. That way I dont need to have a hot iron all the time. If you decide to direct solder, please be sure that you have a hot enough soldering iron. One of those cheap 20-40 watt units will not cut it. You will overheat each end of the pack if you use a cheap iron. You should be able to melt that connection together in 1-2 seconds. Holding a "not so hot" iron on there will cause your batteries to vent, then eventually fail.

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i like to solder my packs in, just because this setup weighs less than the plug setup, even if the difference is miniscule...
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