DC Cable Gauge - Book Errata

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The FLEX-6000 HRM section 7.1.1 states Power Pole 30 Amp "The Anderson Power Pole connector contains 30 Amp pins to minimize voltage drop during transmit."

Can you confirm the actual installed Powerpole (not Power Pole - those are along the street) connectors are 30 amps? At 10 gauge, I think you had to have used 45 amp  Powerpoles.

I'm new to Powerpoles but I think the manual sent me off to buy the wrong size connector.
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The 15A, 30A, and 45A connectors are all interchangeable and will connect to each other without issue. The 15A contacts are rated for: 16 & 18 AWG wire. The 30A contacts are rated for: 14 & 12 AWG wire. The 45A contacts are rated for: 10 AWG wire (you can get 8 AWG wire to work with extreme difficulty).

According to the Anderson Powerpole representative I spoke to several years ago stated that they are specifically designed to be used with the Anderson Crimping Tool and when used with this tool the connection is better than soldering. The reason being is that the solder will actually create a fatigue point on cables over time. With this being said they do make special contacts although difficult to acquire that are made for those that absolutely must solder their connections. They are designed differently so as not to require crimping. (It is near impossible to get a non-crimped contact inside the body of an Anderson Powerpole and have it mate properly.)

I have never had a properly crimped Anderson Powerpole come apart or fail. I have had some of the (chinese) no-name ones fail.