2018-04-01 Powerpole® Distribution Kits

Two- and four-way Powerpole® distribution kits with and without fuses

Wayne VE3CZO Powerpole® distribution kits

Quick summary

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 ve3czo@gmail.com . 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.

Kit name Cost Comments
Powerpole® distribution kit 2-way$5.00very 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$2.0030 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

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