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Old 17-10-2018, 07:10   #1
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Alternatives mc4 connections

I've been using mc4 connections with my removable solar panels. I find the mc4 to be too large and cumbersome to disconnect. Any suggestions for alternative waterproof connectors? The largest array is 160 watts using 10awg wire. Thanks,
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Re: Alternatives mc4 connections

Waterproof is the tricky part.

Anderson PP aren't, but maybe boots available?

Trolling motor connectors?

Amphenol-Deutsch are better than weatherpack.

Ladd https://laddinc.com/products/connector-selector/
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Re: Alternatives mc4 connections

Capt. Don: Are using the mc4 disconnecting tool?
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Re: Alternatives mc4 connections

The MC4 design life is 100 mating cycles. They are not designed for regular connection/disconnection.

Lots of different options in "IP67 circular connectors" (use that as a Google search term). I have used the quarter turn Conec series 17 connectors, but they are about the same size as an MC4, so maybe just as cumbersome. Much easier to connect/disconnect however.
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Capt. Don: Are using the mc4 disconnecting tool?
Yes - I find them too bulky and a bit fragile.
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