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Old 01-02-2011, 07:24 PM
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Are these kind of battery terminals good?

Are these type of connectors good to use?



They look like they would be clean and easy.
Or, is it better for me to buy a good crimping tool and crimp type connectors? Does soldering a crimped fitting make it even better?

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Old 01-02-2011, 07:40 PM
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Never seen that style before, but they look good. After you strip the insulation off the cable you might want to tin the ends with solder, you will need to do that with a bottle torch.
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It looks like there are a few different types of metal in them. Batteries always have some vapors around them that have traces of acid in them, or you might get some condensation on them. Different metals, with water, possibly acidic, you will have corrosion.

I have had good luck with taking the crimp on connector, and heating putting the cable end up, holding the connector in a vise. Then take a propane torch, and heat some solder in the open end. Try to heat the bare bare of the cable also. when the solder in the connector is molten, shove the end of the cable into it, and hold it still until the solder is solid, Cover the connection with heat shrink.
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Old 01-02-2011, 08:49 PM
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i would just stick nwith the crimp on style
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Nice looking connector.... where did you get it?
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Old 01-03-2011, 06:57 AM
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Nice looking connector.... where did you get it?
I haven't bought them. Both Summit and Jeg's carry them. I thought they looked clean and easy. I was looking for some feedback that said "I've used them and there great". But I've got none of that so far.

I posted this question on another forum and a guy told me they are problematic although he didn't explain why. But, he felt pretty strong about it. That confirms what Matt thinks.

I think I'll go with the crimp style and not only crimp them but solder them as well. Then cover the seam with a high quality heat shrink tube.
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I was looking for some feedback that said "I've used them and there great". But I've got none of that so far.
You have now! I'm looking at a pair of those terminals as I type. Extras from when I wired up the Camaro quite a while ago.

They're good connectors- IMO the best of any type of "bolt-on" terminals around that I have come across. MUCH superior to those p o s clamp-on repair terminals sold at the Dollar Store, that's for sure.

They are solid copper ( w/the possible exception of the clamp bolt) w/a plating of what looks like zinc. Be sure the copper strands are clean and follow the directions and I wouldn't hesitate to use them again.
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Well thank you. That is good to hear.
I may have to go back to that guy that said they are problematic and ask him specifically what he didn't like about them.
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I used like terminals on my build which I purchased from McMaster Carr. They were made by Thomas & Betts (T&B). I also used a commercial hydraulic crimper from where I used to work to crimp the terminals then I also flowed solder into the joint and heat shrink wrapped it. Made a very slick professional installation....go for it.

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I'm using some that are similar to these and flash gold plated. The nice part of these is if you need to have additional direct-to-battery connections, there are a couple of screw locks that you can use rather then a lousy looking ring terminal hung off the battery bolt. EBay has a couple thousand listed. Mine I believe are Rockford Fosgate.
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I'm using some that are similar to these and flash gold plated. The nice part of these is if you need to have additional direct-to-battery connections, there are a couple of screw locks that you can use rather then a lousy looking ring terminal hung off the battery bolt. EBay has a couple thousand listed. Mine I believe are Rockford Fosgate.
Those Fosgate's do look nice and handy too. However, I'm going with a trunk mounted battery and want to use 1/0 or maybe even 2/0 wire. Not sure those will work with wires that big.
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Those Fosgate's do look nice and handy too. However, I'm going with a trunk mounted battery and want to use 1/0 or maybe even 2/0 wire. Not sure those will work with wires that big.
That is why I went with the T&B connectors. I used 1/0 marine cable on my trunk mounted battery installation.

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