…crimping Anderson Power Pole connectors…
…so, I’m sitting around in my garage without a fancy crimping tool to properly crimp the Anderson Power Pole connectors I’ve learned to appreciate. In the middle of grinding down the jaws of a little used set of pliers, I had an epiphany. Here is how to crimp these connectors with standard crimping pliers and a small nail.
Your crimpers or whatever pliers you are going to use should have a somewhat round area. Mine have the area behind the wire cutter labeled INS.
Other items you will need are the connectors on the ends of the prepped wires, and a nail.
Simply align the seam of the connector along the top of the crimper, and carefully lay the nail along the seam of the connector.
As you squeeze, the nail will force the seam down into the wire.
However this will also slightly flatten the connector.
So, rotate the crimped wire 90° and sqeeze again to obtain the desired shape.
At this point, you can lay a little solder in the connector. I don’t use too much, just enough to keep the connector from ever working loose.