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Old 11-04-2005, 08:15 PM   #1
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Maybe I'm misthinking this but I've been wondering. From what I know, silver has better properties than copper for conductivity - less resistance. It looks like most battery bars are silver or gold plated copper. Would there be any real benefit to use sterling or fine silver as battery bars? Sterling runs 92.5% silver/7.5%copper and fine is 99.9% silver.
I measured my Deans bars and it's equivalent to 18 ga plate which I will have to call my supplier but I don't remember being all that expensive. It would obviously have to be hand cut but if there's a benefit to it, it's a small price to pay considering how much a single pack can run.

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I've heard that electricity flows on the surfaces of the bars ! ...thus there's no benefit having a solid bar of silver !

...What I'm interested to find out is what are the benefits of Platinium plated bars ? ....they are certainly the most expensive, comparing bar for bar
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...What I'm interested to find out is what are the benefits of Platinium plated bars ? ....they are certainly the most expensive, comparing bar for bar

From what I've been told by my LHS, the minimal benefits do not outweigh the rust that forms from the use of these bars.
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Mmmm... Did not notice any rust on the packs I have with Platinium bars, didn't noticed any benefit either !

....But boy ! were they difficult to solder ....they're like V2 motors to solder ...the solder simply refuse to stick to the platinium coating !!!
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V2's are definately tough to solder. I had my LHS do the platinum bars, so I can't speak as to whether it was easy or difficult to solder. But when it comes down to soldering things, nothing beats a hot iron and experience, both of which are needed for soldering V2's and batteries.
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