Fitting the Anderson Powerpole connectors

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Due to problems with the supplied power connectors on my Kenwood 710 I decided to find a better connector for the job and came up with the Anderson range of powerpole connectors. The advantages of power pole connectors are self cleaning contacts, when assembled correct cannot be plugged in reverse polarity, can be soldered or crimped, no mail or female connectors "all fit all", many colours and can be configured in many ways. Many Raynet, ARES and Races groups are using these connectors so members equipment all uses a standard power connector.

I have decided to use the Raynet, ARES and Races standard and will show how to put the powerpole connectors together. Image below shows the various sizes of the standard Powerpole connectors.

PowerPole sizes

anderson power pole parts

Anderson 30amp powerpole

For most ham radio applications we would use the PP15/45 size. This size is available with ether PP15=15amp, PP30=30amp or PP45=45amp. I use the 30amp contacts that is more than enough for a 100w radio. The 30a contacts can take 16-12 AWG / 1-2.5mm cable. If you only need 15amp, these will still mate with the others in this range.

PP30 (30 amp)

1327 Series PP15/45 Housing (PDF)
Assembly Sheet (PDF)
Data Sheet (PDF)


As you can see in the housing PDF file they can be joined together in many ways but for our applications we will be using the Raynet / ARES / RACES standard.

Powerpole raynet

The above image shows the red and black joined and the use of a roll pin to hold them in place. I have found that many users have decided not to use the roll pins and chose to super glue them together. Because of how these connectors fit together the same orientation is used for both the supply and radio side.

Burnt out Kenwood 710 connector

Above you can see the melted Kenwood 710 connector and below the new fitted Powerpole's

Powerpoles made up Powerpoles joined

Powerpole cutaway

Here is a idea from Cullen K5HAL

Powerpole one to many

A simple one-to-several Powerpole connector. I found some heavy staples which reinforce cardboard shipping boxes which had what looked like copper plating, They take solder well, so it may be copper. I made most of mine as one to five.
                Regards, Cullen K5HAL


For the shack you can make up your own distribution unit or West Mountain Radio do a range of units called Rigrunners


Westmountian rigrunner

Anderson Powerpole website

UK Supplier of Anderson Powerpoles

USA Supplier: West Mountain Radio

Below is a short video on fitting the Anderson Powerpole connectors "Crimp" see note below. I solder mine.

Anderson Power Products® (APP) carries a line of premium quality crimp tools and accessories to accommodate our entire family of contacts. Each tool, applicator and press has been thoroughly tested and qualified for use with the Anderson product line. APP does not recommend use of alternate tools. Doing so may adversely affect the performance of our connectors along with UL and CSA recognition.

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