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Old 23-02-2015, 10:10   #1
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I have a nice ratchet type wire crimping tool. It crimpes down to 22 ga. Problem is, all my LEDS have pigtails smaller than 22 and I can't seem to find smaller dies for my tool. Can some one reccomend an avation grade crimper for 24ga or smalled wires?
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Re: Crimping tool

Strip the wire twice as long as usual. And double the bared wire over on itself.
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Solder them but use heat sinks to reduce the solder wicking up inside the insulation. That and a good mechanical bond.


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Re: Crimping tool

Hi Matt,

Had the same problem and asked the same question. Generated several pages of discussion and lots of options.

How to Crimp Little, Tiny Wires
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Re: Crimping tool

Use crimp-on terminals--not solder.
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Re: Crimping tool

http://www.pbase.com/mainecruising/t...ng_small_wires.


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Hi Matt,

Had the same problem and asked the same question. Generated several pages of discussion and lots of options.

How to Crimp Little, Tiny Wires

Thanks Skip, I'm having a Senior moment. I forgot I posted in that thread :-)
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Re: Crimping tool

My preference is to use Molex Micro-Fit 3.0 connector housings and contacts on the smaller gauge wires, w/ the Molex 63819-0000 Crimp Tool.

This system works on all the small wires, ranging from 20 AWG to 30 AWG.

There are several of these connections that have been working fine for over a decade on my boat and still look like new.


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Strip the wire twice as long as usual. And double the bared wire over on itself.
Exactly. You can't find crimpable connectors smaller than #22 anyway.
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Re: Crimping tool

Another option is to use reducing butt connectors.

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Re: Crimping tool

Something else to consider - I frequently need to wire something together to see how things work or to test something. I use these Posi-Twist connectors a lot. They are not weatherproof, at least as they are sold. I reuse these things over and over.

http://www.amazon.com/Posi-Products-...S3TFA6W7K4MN3D

Small stranded wires are no problem.
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Another option is to use reducing butt connectors.

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Those bottom-out at 22 AWG.
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Those bottom-out at 22 AWG.
Right, for smaller sizes doubled up and twisted into itself it will fit inside a 22 awg ferrule and this will go into the reducing butt-splice. These reducing splices are helpful because they can be used with normal crimping tools.
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Exactly. You can't find crimpable connectors smaller than #22 anyway.
Interesting because I use them all the time in 22-26GA ring terminals for communications wiring. It is always good to know the 400+ 24-26GA terminals I have in my organizers don't exist...

3M makes them as does Russel Industries and others...




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Re: Crimping tool

If you have a Paladin crimper frame, they make a die (PA2097) for 28-20 AWG
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