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Old 01-27-2009, 09:40 AM   #1
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I had thought Deans connectors were the (gold stanard connector) for years.But Have had trouble with them(heat,amp draw,small solder tab,ect) Ya I know they need cleaning ect.

But is there a way beefer connector out there?

Think I,m gonna go the cc6.5mm bullet direction! Maybe set up with 1 wire shorter than other to help them not contact,whatever. For some reaon I,m good at plugging things in backwards

Someone needs to make a case for those 6.5,s like the losi!
Any suggestions?
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The only thing better than Deans plugs is direct soldering. Stick with the deans...
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I had thought Deans connectors were the (gold stanard connector) for years.But Have had trouble with them(heat,amp draw,small solder tab,ect) Ya I know they need cleaning ect.

But is there a way beefer connector out there?

Think I,m gonna go the cc6.5mm bullet direction! Maybe set up with 1 wire shorter than other to help them not contact,whatever. For some reaon I,m good at plugging things in backwards

Someone needs to make a case for those 6.5,s like the losi!
Any suggestions?
thanks
I like the losi plugs which is what I use now. I also used the 6.5 bullets from castle and they worked well too. I just didn't like the bare plugs flopping around on the batteries. Looks too easy to short by accident.
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I like the losi plugs which is what I use now. I also used the 6.5 bullets from castle and they worked well too. I just didn't like the bare plugs flopping around on the batteries. Looks too easy to short by accident.
I have not really looked at the losi,s. What size are the bullets?
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Back in the day, a company called Litespeed (or Lightspeed) made battery plugs which were excellent. I used to use them for all of my batteries. When I got back into the hobby recently I noticed that the standard was the Deans Ultra plug so I have been using them. I couldn't find anything on the Litespeed plugs but the Duratrax Powerpole Connector looks exactly the same. I never had a problem with this style connector as far as overheating. They're just a bit bulky compared to the Deans plugs.
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They are called Anderson Power Poles. http://www.powerwerx.com/ You can get them much cheaper if you do a bit of shopping around. You can also get a crimper for them which is about 90-100 dollars. Makes connectorizing stuff quick and easy.

The only connectors better then deans are bullets However they give you no reverse polarity protection. They make bullets in a lot of sizes you really need to pick a size based on the gauge wire you run.

In my opinion you'll never need anything more then a Deans. I run them in aircraft up to 12s lipo and over 180 amps burst without any problems or reservations.
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I have not really looked at the losi,s. What size are the bullets?
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I think they are 5.5mm. Very easy to use as they come with a plastic housing that clearly delineates between positive and negative. The only thing i don't like about them is that the bullets can push out of the housing if you push on them too hard.
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you could run 2 diffrent sizes of bullets, one 6mm and one 6.5mm
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you could run 2 diffrent sizes of bullets, one 6mm and one 6.5mm
The problem is on the battery. You have a male bullet exposed and then a female bullet. If the shrink wrap wears off on the female bullet, you could have a potential for a short. Even if one of the wires is shorter, there is still that potential.

I ran like this most of last year with CC bullets, but it really bothered me.
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Whats wrong with deans ?
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I personally use batteries with 4mm female internals. i then solder bullets to speed control and it is kind of like a direct connect. been running this for a year without a single problem and many guys i know do the same. Just make sure to unplug them after race in case you left the switch on by accident. Deans are nice but too many connections.
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That is the only thing i like about the 1/10 lipo packs is the internal connection on some of them. I wish I could find a way to do the same for larger 4s and 5s lipo packs.
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i like the deans more than any other. i direct soldered most of the time
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when you guys say direct solder. Do you mean solder the 2 wire ends together from say the esc to the motor? If so, could you guys give some tips on how to do this correctly? I typically use deans for minis, trx for 1/10 + 1/8, and 4mm bullets alot lately because of their dirt cheap price on everything.

I direct soldered my 9xl to my MMM and it worked ok for 5 months, but when I was taking the exc off last week, once of the connections just snapped off. So I obviosly did something wrong with that direct solder point. Any insight would be appreciated.

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it would be more like having wire long enough to reach from the esc to the motor, not soldering two seperate wires together. It's really no hassle at all if you have a good iron
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