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Old 04-12-2004, 03:40 PM   #1
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Dean connectors

are they good???

some of my friends race with them.
do they over heat??
the ones i have now get hot every once in a while.
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Old 04-12-2004, 05:16 PM   #2
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HARDWIRE! Deans are ok....but hardwiring is better.
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Dean connectors are very good and reliable. Much better than those stock white "Tamiya" type connectors.

Most serious racers hardwire their wires.
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I used to swear by the Lightspeed connectors (the plastic ones, one red and one black that connected side by side) until I read several articles about internal resistance in the plugs. The Deans plugs were rated as having the same resistance as a direct solder job. So, I switched and will never go back, I even use them to connect my motor to the ESC in the event of a needed quick change.
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Old 04-13-2004, 09:11 AM   #5
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I have used Deans and hardwired batteries as well, I can't tell a difference by either feel or laptime so for ease of use, I prefer Deans.
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Old 04-13-2004, 03:32 PM   #6
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hardwired, what is that??

are those the stock white ones??

or some other good brand?
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hardwiring is soldering the ESC battery wires direct to the battery pack.
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Old 04-13-2004, 03:42 PM   #8
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then how do you charge the pack if it is sodered to the ESC????
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Richy89 - To direct solder your batterys, you take an extra battery bar for each open cell (one on each side, the ones you solder the wires to when using plugs), bend the end of it 90 degrees, and solder it, like this:

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You then unsolder the wires to change the batteries, which is why some people find it inconvenient. You can use the alligator clips which come on most chargers to clip onto the battery bar and charge the battery; you may even charge the battery while it is soldered into the car (just make sure the ESC is off!).
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sounds like to much work i will just get dean connectors
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Personally, I think its a hassle to solder the deans connectors onto the wires. If you're at the track, odds are you will have your iron with you....and on. It takes about 2 seconds out of your life to unsolder them each time. Besides, it makes you look like you are a really good driver.
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Most racers have to cut comms, tray their batteries, etc. So, the maintenance ends up being just as much with or without Deans. Since most racers have to do all this, it just gets easier, and cleaner looking to just direct wire. If you use a soldering iron a lot, like most racers do, it is really insignificant. The time you're cutting by not having to solder in to hardwiring is negated by the maintenace required to race at a high level. If you're not doing all this, go with the Deans. Most of the decision to go with or without Deans isn't based on the resistance (at least it shouldn't be) because the resistance is really insignificant. If you're running something other than Deans, like Tamiyas, there would be significant resistance, and this discussion would be completely different.
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ok that was really confusing but i think i got most of it
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He said that most serious racers do a lot of work to their cars in the pits on raceday anyway, so, what's one more thing.

I consider myself a serious racer, but I choose not to bring all that equipment for that high end maintenence, I do it at home before the race. I bring two stock motors, one to practice with and one to race with, hence the need for the quick-change instalation of the Deans plugs. I also don't like direct soldering the ESC to the battery because it only works with side-by-side batteries, not stick packs. I use stick packs for practise and the others for race time, so it's easier for me to use the plugs.

Ok, so our rantings have REALLY confused you know, right? LOL
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