I think I went through these and more when looking for a cheap
alternative. Those two pin things I bought came out ahead for cost and durability. You can spend a lot of money
on connectors, but at some point it's overkill. I think I got these for something around $4=5 apiece two years ago. I have a dozen on the boat now, and have yet to have a single
failure or replacement in two years.
And I had seen the SeaChoice version hanging on the rack at several stores that carry marine
stuff, so I knew I could find replacements
without involving import
paperwork, Federal Express, and waiting. Changing one takes literally about a minute and require nothing more than a small screwdriver to tighten the two solid copper screws. The screws hold the wire inside the solid copper pins, and hold the pins in the housing. For me, simple seems to be a good approach. I confess, it feels kinda good to clip that hated automobile cigar connector off new spotlights and fans. These connectors are small, too.
Heres' some for six bucks each:
Seachoice 10121 Deck Connector - Seachoice 10121 - Miscellaneous Electrical Parts - Electrical Parts - Electrical - Boatersland Marine
and here's an outside deck/bulkhead connector for them for twelve bucks:
SEACHOICE 10161 WATERTIGHT DECK CONNECTOR-CPB
In a pinch, you can clip a wire, strip the end, and stick it directly into the socket and get it working. simple, rugged, cheap
, reliable. Seachoice, Perko, and several other companies make them, too. Living here, I tend to look at availability more than most, probably.