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Old July 29th, 2020, 13:03
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Re: Best battery clamps w accessory studs

I have also done it both ways.

There are pros and cons.

Biggest risk with soldering is that you will create a stress riser in the cable which will cause the wire to break.

Note that the good heat shrink has a glue inside which melts and seals everything up water-tight.
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Old July 29th, 2020, 14:13
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Best battery clamps w accessory studs

Bought an assorted box of shrink wrap couple years ago, but highly doubt its the "good stuff"

So if I'm going all out, would I solder, crimp then heat shrink?

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Old July 29th, 2020, 14:45
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or is it either solder or crimp?
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Old July 29th, 2020, 16:53
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Re: Best battery clamps w accessory studs

You must crimp the wire regardless of whether you solder or not!
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Old July 29th, 2020, 21:25
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Re: Best battery clamps w accessory studs

Crimp.

If you don't think you got a good crimp then drill a hole in the end of the fitting at the at end of the wire (farthest possible from where you stripped the wire) and apply solder there. The idea would be to have solder in the fitting, but not wicked up the wire. You don't want the wire to lose any of its flexibility.

If you try to solder only then you are going to end up having to put in enough solder that it will wick up the wire and take away the flexibility. Add engine/driving vibration to the picture and you end up work hardening the wire and then breaking it.

But solder can help with a marginal crimp. Sometimes the fitting is too thin to give enough compression to the crimp. I prefer to use the heavy tinned fittings. Then I know I will get a solid crimp. Sometimes all I have on hand (or can get locally) is the bare copper type. Those are the ones least likely to result in a good crimp. If I don't think it crimped down well enough I will solder as explained above.
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Got it. Bought some fancy crimpers off Amazon. Should be good to go.

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I'm happy with my Fastronix Military Spec. It is well made.
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Re: Best battery clamps w accessory studs

Best I have found so far is the plain old battery terminals, with a few simple mods



Remove the cheap bolts that hold the clamping bar, install 1"+ bolts from the bottom to create studs, and then use locking flange nuts or wing nuts to secure the leads. Then run a bolt through the clamp holes for the battery post, for additional mounts and for clamping a charger.
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Re: Best battery clamps w accessory studs

That is certainly an improvement over using the clamping bar the way those things are designed to be used.

Is it possible to get those in separate positive and negative designs? It looks like you are pretty much all out of clamping range on the negative side.
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You can often buy them in positive and negative, but they are usually painted. The negative there still has some room to go on it.
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