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Old 14-01-2016, 18:52   #16
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Re: Xantrex Marine 20 very hot cable

I agree with Chuck Hawley, the problem is where the heat is being generated, or more precisely, the high resistance area is generating heat. A properly sized cable shouldn't get hot, or even warm.

I bought a 16 ton hydraulic crimper with 11 sets of dies on Ebay for $34, best $34 I've ever spent, aside from a few weeks in Subic Bay. It makes fantastic crimps! I'm in the middle of installing a 1200 watt solar panel setup on a friend's yacht and we're using boat cable, closed end tinned lugs and adhesive heat shrink to make low loss (4/0 cable) connections to his batteries and bus bars, in addition to the 4 AWG cable from the solar controllers with less than 5 ft runs. We spent $600 on cabling, but you only have to do it once if you do it right.
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Old 14-01-2016, 23:47   #17
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The cable is now down to its old slightly warm while charging. All other connections were clean although i sanded them off as well.
The cable should not be warm. Any heat means resistance. Either it is corroded or too small a gauge for the current.
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Old 15-01-2016, 06:11   #18
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You should check this tool out for crimping, works great for me.
And I'm sure it's a Ton better that Vgrips or a bolt cutter.
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...mped+hydraluic


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Yup, I've got a 10 ton just like these from eBay. Love them! Vice grips and bolt cutters crimps are failures waiting to happen.

Thinking about fabricating other jaws for my other pressing needs...
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Old 15-01-2016, 06:17   #19
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The cable is now down to its old slightly warm while charging.
Yay! Its always great to have a boat job win!

I normally take a week off to celebrate
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Old 15-01-2016, 06:24   #20
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Yay! Its always great to have a boat job win!

I normally take a week off to celebrate

Agreed!!!

Plus it took all my effort to not quote the Marks and the Jims...
Priceless humor and a repair win !

Now everybody back to varnishing... Summer is coming... Well... Not for Jim though...
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