NYC ARES and the ARRL recommends to all of its members the use of the
Anderson Power Pole
Connectors to all it's members involved in EMCOMM
Anderson Power Pole Connector
For higher power rigs, high-amperage DC power supplies and bus-wiring,
the Anderson Power Pole is the emerging national ARES/RACES standard. It has
been adopted by the State of California Office of Emergency Services Auxiliary Communications Service (ARES/RACES)
and numerous other groups. The APP is
genderless, so you don't need adapters to plug a battery into another source to
recharge. The 15, 20, and 30 Amp rated contacts for APP use the same housing, so
are interoperable, just use the right fuse. The plastic parts are the same for
both sizes. The barrel area (which holds the wire) of the 15-ampere
silver-plated contact is smaller than that of the 30-ampere contact, but the
contact area is the same. The connectors dovetail together into a compact unit.
The Cal OES red-and-black combination, with contacts rated appropriately for the
source/device connected, is the recommended standard:
"Housings should be mated according to the diagram above, viewing
from the contact side (opposite the wire side), tongue down, hood up, RED on
the LEFT, BLACK on the RIGHT. Use a 3/32-inch-diameter roll pin, 1/4 inch
long, to keep the housings from sliding apart."
15A contacts are for 16/20 AWG wire. 30A contacts for 12/16 AWG
wire. 45A contacts are also now available for 10/14 AWG wire, tin plate,
and thus are probably a good idea to have a few of also? #261G2-LPBK .
White housing is interoperable with Black in the 15/20/30/45 single-pole
range. White is #1395G2 15A complete, #1330G5 30A complete, #1327G7 Housing
Anderson Powerpole the manufacturer's pages.
Sources -- Commercial:
- Allied Electronics
- many R/C Model Car & Plane mail-order shops
- Rumor has itDigikeymay stock it on the WWW but not catalog, but I couldn't find it and they deny it...
An email says: "I got a bag of 10 30A Powerpole connectors (enough to make 5 sets)
at MCM Electronics on sale at $6.99, catalog #21-3300."
Sources -- Hams:
Vendors stock different selections of mounting receptacles.
For small quantities, the hams are likely to have better prices --
do your comparison!