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Old 03-23-2011, 10:44 AM   #1
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I'm new to electric and i was just wondering if i buy an ESC/Motor combo and the ESC has 4mm connectors for the battery, can i change it to a tamiya plug because i dont have any lipos as of yet and i dont have any 4mm connectors. and is there a video on this? thankyou.
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You can, they sell packages with a few Tamiya connectors in them. The metal pieces just crimp on, then you slide the assembly into the white plastic piece and prongs hold it in. I would suggest you go the other way though, and just buy some 4mm connectors and solder them to your batteries. Just a few $ more, and so much better. Tamiya connectors have so much resistance they get hot in a hurry.
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Or put Deans or Traxxas connectors on both.

Just be super, super careful not to cross the streams (reverse polarity).

I just fried an ollllllld brushed speedo because I solder'd the deans connector on backwards. :/


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I agree to change all to Deans or Traxxas connectors. These connectors will conduct electricity a lot better and give you less heat in the connectors as Mike stated.

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I've got all Traxxas plugs on mine. I find they're easier to solder, as well as easier to disconnect than the Deans.

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Tamiya connectors are the purest crap ever. Switch to deans, they're the most common and if you ever have to borrow a battery or ESC there's more of chance you'll have the right connectors to match someone else's equipment.
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so where do i buy dean plugs then?
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At your local hobbyshop or online.
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so where do i buy dean plugs then?
They are everywhere, most common quick connectors available.
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Tamiya connectors are the purest crap ever. Switch to deans, they're the most common and if you ever have to borrow a battery or ESC there's more of chance you'll have the right connectors to match someone else's equipment.
LOL. I won't even use Tamiya connectors on a starter box. I personally use Dean's, but since he was asking about 4mm that was what I suggested. If you're new to soldering (which I'm guessing he is by his questions), IMO the 4mm bullet connectors are easier to solder. But, you have to be careful you don't reverse polarity when you connect your battery. If you go with Dean's or Traxxas connectors, look for a video. I know Traxxas has at least some instructions on their site, and I'm sure if you run a search there are videos on how to solder Dean's. Best bet would be to find someone locally who can help.
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what websites specifically carry deans?
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Click the word "online" in my last post.
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