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05-21-2007 02:26 PM  13 years ago
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hedgebird

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PowerPoles or Deans?
I have Deans on all my birds, but saw one of the guys at the field using powerpoles - they looked good?

what are better? Deans or powerpoles?

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none of the above 1
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05-21-2007 02:30 PM  13 years ago
bell1684

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I was a powerpole guy for about two years and never had any problems with them, other than the fact that they are larger/bulkier that the Deans. Recently switched to Deans when building my new Trex and have ended up converting everything over to them.
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05-21-2007 02:45 PM  13 years ago
flyboy0413

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I had been using the powerpoles, but over time, the plastic over the metal contacts break off. Since then, I have been switching over to deans.
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05-21-2007 02:50 PM  13 years ago
lsurber

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Sermos or Power Pole are great and handle more current than deans. They are easy to slide apart to make series packs with too! The connectors clip into place and if you solder instead of crimping you can take them apart and use them forever! I have some from 12yrs ago and still use them------> never had a problem!

The deans are great because they're small, however, they are a pain to solder and can not tolerate as much current before melting TOGETHER! Yes, that's right, I have seen deans plugs melted together so bad they had to be cut off! If you make a high current pull through them and they are warm to touch then they are not suitable for your application and you need to increase wire gauge to 12 or go with Sermos connectors, which, I have never been able to get warm or melt together.

Lee
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05-21-2007 03:07 PM  13 years ago
MrMel

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I measured how much force it took to disconnect powerpoles and realized that its no margin for errors...no way I would run them on my ships

I hate deans but since I melted EC3's on my ship, there is no option..
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05-21-2007 03:24 PM  13 years ago
lsurber

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Sermos connectors actually take more force to pull apart on average than deans plugs do. The most common mistake with Sermos connectors is to solder wire with slight angle so it is too hard to seat the connector in the plastic housing and then when it doesn't fit people take pliers and sqeeze the connectors tab flat so it slides in all the way! This is the ONLY way you could reduce the holding power of a Sermos connector. By design Sermos have a lip on the tab which prevents them from disconnection-------> Deans do not have this.

It is also possible to increase the holding force of Deans plugs by overheating them while soldering wires on. The tabs end up slightly angled and are hard going together.

I think overall if you solder 10 packs Deans and 10 Sermos you will find the Sermos to be much more consistent in the force required to disconnect.

I do like the Deans size though!

Lee
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05-21-2007 03:27 PM  13 years ago
MrMel

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I measured with a fishing scale, was much much more easier to pull my original Anderson's then original deans.
Somewhat extensive 10gauage cables on the batteries hanging around could be sufficent to pull them apart.

I have crimp tool, so yeah, its easy, but no way I would risk my $4000 electric helis on it.

However, for chargers, wattmeters for the chargers and so on, Im using powerpoles all over the place, beacuse they are so handy.
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05-21-2007 05:23 PM  13 years ago
Bryguy17

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i'm a deans guy, i havn't had any problems with them on my trex or my touring car. if you dont solder them right, i will admit they are kinda tough to separate, but the trick is to plug a spare plug into the one you're soldering, that way the contacts dont get moved around in the warm plastic while you're soldering. also, flatten the wire you're soldering to it. it just takes practice.SLO Flyers
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05-21-2007 05:53 PM  13 years ago
IDHoverman

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One more vote for powerpole
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05-21-2007 06:45 PM  13 years ago
lsurber

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The difficulty of seperation with Deans is probably cause they're melting together under heavy load!!!!!! LOL!!!!
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05-21-2007 07:55 PM  13 years ago
Nitrohuffer

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Deans. Never had an issue so I never changed.Lungs transformed to take in water.
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05-22-2007 01:22 PM  13 years ago
frebou

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Deans
Deans all the way. I'm sure the other ones are great too but it is so much simpler when you have all the same around. You can even have a few spare ready for next use...
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05-22-2007 01:44 PM  13 years ago
rc4stroker

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Deans
Deans for me, I use them on everything I got. From the 700 in my shockflyer, to the batteries I run in my QJ8.
Neal Hayes
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05-22-2007 08:54 PM  13 years ago
flyboy

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Nothing but TP and Sermos for me.

FB
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05-23-2007 01:18 AM  13 years ago
Wingman77

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Deans
I use them in everything.
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05-23-2007 02:27 AM  13 years ago
m60e3

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Power Poles
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05-23-2007 02:31 AM  13 years ago
hedgebird

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Yeah, a picture is starting to be painted... now Dean are fixed amps, poles are available in multiple amp'age. for bigger birds I am thinking 45 will do it - although I am hitting 80amps at times... heck I need a week spot for excuses.

so far so good.

More feedback needed Thanks
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05-23-2007 02:17 PM  13 years ago
Hydroman

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I ruined a 400 schulze ESC with powerpoles/Andersons (not making a solid connection/arcing)....since then I have changed to deans and never had a prob nor never looked back.The older I get, the better I was
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