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Old 12-03-2013, 06:11   #16
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Re: 8 gauge disconnects

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Re: 8 gauge disconnects

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Old 12-03-2013, 06:33   #18
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Re: 8 gauge disconnects

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Indeed and advice from very good to very bad, as usual it's up to the reader to determine which is which

Bill has it right IMHO, and I would even go down to AWG12 for the wire between terminal block and compressor because it is big enough for that short stretch and it is less stiff so that there is less stress on the compressor connection.

I have the same compressors (almost everybody has Danfoss so it's telling that almost nobody in the thread knows that these have this type of connectors ) and trouble with these connectors is the #1 weak point. If you ever have trouble or error codes, this is where to start: disconnect, clean and reconnect.
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Re: 8 gauge disconnects

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- I am calling them disconnect fittings because that is what West Marine calls them and that's how Ancor labels them. It may not be the correct term, but it is an accepted one.

Apologies for any thread drift I may have caused, only got into that discussion as a way of trying to find the part you were looking for. It's called different things in different places and thought more names to search by might be helpful.

Everything I've looked at in that crimp style only goes to 10AWG, I suspect there may be a surface area/crimping force/ampacity issue in larger wires so they just aren't made. Ring terminals are, so a pigtail may be your only option. Will keep my eyes open.
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Re: 8 gauge disconnects

I assume you have this power strip connector:

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Just use two yellow AWG10/12 female spade connectors and two short lengths of AWG10 wire to a small terminal strip.

You only need to do this for the two power wires, so use a small terminal strip as in my earlier post (#14).

Jedi is right, and that's why I noted that spade connectors (or whatever the hell WM and Ancor want to call them) are a source of continuing problems in the marine environment. Be sure the terminals are clean and tight. It's worthwhile checking them periodically, as surface corrosion can build on the contact surfaces and cause problems.


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