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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Hi Kevin, I just put on the 45amp pins on my power cable that came in the box. 30A pins will not fit on 10ga wire. you still will use the 30A red and black connectors though.
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30 amp Powerpole connectors will fit #10 AWG high strand count stranded wire, but it is necessary to twist the strands very tight before attempting to put the connector on. The 45 amp connectors will fit the #10 a bit easier, but usually will require soldering to make a secure permanent connection. Hope this helps. Army AE5P
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But the 30 amp pins are spec'd out only for 12ga. Kuddos to you for making the 10ga wire fit in those pins. Just and FYI I buy all my PowerPole stuff from QuickSilver Radio. Rory N6OIL
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HI all... OK on maybe squeezing the #10 wire into a 30 amp Powerpole connector. It didn't work for me. It kept pushing back a layer of the strands. I don't feel comfortable trimming away strands. The 45 amp worked just fine.

Were 30 amp connectors forced onto the #10 wire shipped with my Flex-6500 or were 45 amp connectors actually used? If they are really 45 amp connectors then maybe the document can be updated.
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You should be able to pop out the pins with a flat thin blade. If nobody confirms this today when I get home I'll check mine. I can't see them (FRS) trying to force the wire into 30 amp pins, I think the guide should differentiate between 30 amp housing and 45 amp pins. 
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Thanks Rory... but only if you're sure you can put it back together. I'm too new with Powerpoles to want to take it apart. I could see that not ending well for me. ;)

The manual does specifically state 30 amp pins so it is not just referring to the housing.
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Yeah Kevin I see where you are coming from in what the manual says, I have found a few typos and have let Matt know about them. Darn wish I had some PP here at work but I know I have removed the pins before with no ill effects. This YouTube shows you how. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-5-7Z6JzX4
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I went ahead and pulled it apart after looking at the video. Sure looks like a 45 amp pin and not the 30 amp the book says. 
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Yup that's a 45 amp one, good job one sussing that out.
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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. 
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Who's going to tell FRS about this?
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I kinda thought I did by posting here as a problem. Maybe I should open a support ticket? 

Request #13971 submitted. Thanks all!
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