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garyp1029 04-15-2014 03:49 PM

Connector Adapters
 
Not owning a soldering iron and not wanting to own a separate parallel charge board for each connector type (I have an EC3 parallel board)---Is there any downside to simply using commercial adapters to charge non-EC3 (XT60 for example) batteries on the EC3 board? Also, what is the thinking on using adapters inside the plane to connect battery to ESC? Thanks. Gary

fhhuber 04-15-2014 03:56 PM

The only down side when charging is the added potential failure points... with extremely low failure rate.

I use adapters all the time.
I tend to make my own adapters but using commercially made ones shouldn't be an issue.

Eventually you may want to buy a soldering iron. They are relatively cheap and come in handy.

garyp1029 04-15-2014 04:12 PM

Thanks fhhuber. What do you think of the second part of my question---using adapters inside the plane to connect a deans plug to an xt60 battery? Is this simply adding to the possibility of a bad connection? Also, what wattage soldering iron is necessary to do this type of electrical soldering?

solentlife 04-15-2014 04:22 PM

I have both Deans and XT60 fitted gear / batterys ... and think nothing of using either with either. As long as the adaptor makes good contact and not loose ... it's fine.
I would avoid such on a very high AMP demand installation though ... but usual sunday sport stuff of the up to 30 .. 40A variety should not be a problem.

Soldering iron ... a standard 40W or higher domestic iron with a choice of pointed and flat spade end tip.
A small soldering station of Iron, stand and wipe mat can be bought at local Radio Shack and similar for small money. Add in a roll of standard ROSIN solder and away you go.

Nigel

fhhuber 04-15-2014 05:24 PM

Using the adapters inside the airplane works fine too. There is a SMALL added resistance because of the extra connections. You'd have to do careful testing with a wattmeter and motor test stand to see the power difference.

I have a deans to 4mm bullet adapter in my big EDF. The EDF came with Deans (for a motor expecting 100 amps continuous...) Changing that connector would have voided the warranty on a 1400 EDF unit. (yes, I called BVM and asked)

I went with a 100 watt high temp iron so I can solder large gauge wire fast. The 40 watt irons take a while (never hot enough if using lead-free) when working with 8 gauge.

kyleservicetech 04-15-2014 08:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fhhuber (Post 945525)
Using the adapters inside the airplane works fine too. There is a SMALL added resistance because of the extra connections. You'd have to do careful testing with a wattmeter and motor test stand to see the power difference.

I have a deans to 4mm bullet adapter in my big EDF. The EDF came with Deans (for a motor expecting 100 amps continuous...) Changing that connector would have voided the warranty on a 1400 EDF unit. (yes, I called BVM and asked)

I went with a 100 watt high temp iron so I can solder large gauge wire fast. The 40 watt irons take a while (never hot enough if using lead-free) when working with 8 gauge.

If anyone is looking for a quality, temperature regulated 100 Watt Soldering iron, this one fills the bill.
http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=59884
http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/...6A2dJQAvdlI%3d

And, for soldering smaller stuff like balance cables and so on, I've picked up one of these. This unit works extremely well.
http://www.mpja.com/Solder-Station-P...fo/19032%20TL/

Stay away from those 100 Watt Soldering "guns" though. Trying to solder #8 wire with one of these could be a lesson in frustration. These type soldering guns have two temperatures. Way to hot when not soldering anything. And, way to cold when soldering heavy conductors like #12 or so. I've measured over 1000 degrees F on one of my soldering guns 30 seconds after pulling the trigger.

IMHO, NOT a good choice
http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...uctId=13040715

mclarkson 04-15-2014 09:40 PM

I make/use adapters all the time for use in my planes. I've never had an issue.

kyleservicetech 04-16-2014 12:47 AM

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Originally Posted by mclarkson (Post 945532)
I make/use adapters all the time for use in my planes. I've never had an issue.

Adapters aren't really a problem. Unless when you've got several inside a model, and you run out of room for the wiring :D:D :D

dahawk 04-16-2014 02:37 AM

I think I have every possible two-way adaptor config. Use them all the time. No issues. I'd be at a loss without them. And my paraboard for my I-charger can handle ec3, xt-60 or deans.

hayofstacks 04-16-2014 02:38 AM

For the price of several connectors, you could.buy another.charging board....


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