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  1. Ian

    Ian Administrator

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    I'm looking for a little bit of advice on choosing a type of connector. I've got an S-250-12 (12V, 20A) PSU that I'm using in a 3D printer project, but I'd like to use detachable connectors from the heatbed to the PSU (the headbed operates at 12V, with a max current of 15A, likely less).

    I've seen the XT60 connectors that look pretty nice (and will take 14 AWG), but I'd ideally like connectors that I can crimp, rather than solder (considering I'm going to be crimping everything else). I'd like to have a connector that will stand up to some re-use and ideally have panel mount variants of the female connector (I could mount one on the PSU enclosure).

    Any thoughts on what may be a good option? :) I've found some Tamiya type connectors that look like they may fit the bill (although I haven't seen a panel mount version).
     
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    Look at the connectors used in model aircraft (and other models) used to connect to LIPO batteries.

    Another option are the Anderson connectors which are occasionally seen on UPS's for the connection of external batteries. I believe there are bulkhead adapters for these.
     
  4. davenn

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    that would be my choice as well :)
     
  5. Ian

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    Thanks for the suggestions folks, I'm looking in to them now :).

    edit: Looks like the Anderson Powerpole connectors are a good match.
     
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  6. davenn

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    I have used so many of them over the years for ham radio power leads in particular and all sorts of other power leads in general
    mainly with 12 - 14 VDC and up to 20A for the radio gear
     
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  7. Ian

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    Thanks, I've ordered some just a few moments ago (30A version) :).
     
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