Two- and four-way Powerpole® distribution kits with and without fuses
Wayne VE3CZO has designed and built small, robust Powerpole® distribution modules. He has packaged all the parts (other than the actual Powerpole® connectors) needed to build several versions as kits.
Anderson Powerpole® connectors are in almost universal use by ham operators. For excellent instructions on how to install these connectors in the “standard” ARES/RACES orientation, see this West Mountain Radio article. Powerpole® is a registered trademark of Anderson Power Products.
Two- and four-way Powerpole® distribution kits are available both with and without fuses:
- Small footprint
- Center Powerpole® pair serves as the input handling up to 30 A total
- Spacing between connectors accommodates sleeves and easy insertion
- Standard automotive mini-blade fuses
- LEDs – green indicates power connected – red associated fuse is blown
- Minimal cost
Assembly equipment you will need
- Temperature controlled soldering iron
- Larger diameter solder, 1 mm or so
- Fine solder for SMD resistors if assembling the distribution kit with LEDs
- Needle nose pliers
- Wire cutters capable of cutting 14ga wire flush to the printed circuit board
- Sharp scissors
- Isopropyl alcohol and double tipped cotton swabs (Q-tips)
- Optional – Powerpole® crimp tool – resin core solder flux
Cost and how to order
You can order these kits directly from Wayne at firstname.lastname@example.org . Cost includes Ontario HST. Prices may change without notice.
Note that because many people already have a supply of Powerpole® connectors, they are not included in the kits, but are sold separately if you need them.
|Powerpole® distribution kit 2-way||$5.00||very popular|
|Powerpole® distribution kit 4-way||$7.00||–|
|Powerpole® distribution kit 2-way with fuses & LEDs||$10.00||–|
|Powerpole® distribution kit 4-way with fuses & LEDS||$17.00||–|
|Powerpole® connectors for 2- and 4-way kits||$2.00||30 A housing and contact|
Links to assembly instructions etc.
All of the assembly instruction, PCB diagrams, schematics, etc. are available as a ZIP file from https://www.dropbox.com/s/ckli44sfxf5mvfz/PowerpoleDistributionKits.zip?dl=0