Anderson PowerPole 45A and 75A Connectors – Amazing for RC Cars and Planes

Anderson PowerPole are the best connectors for RC cars, boats and planes

In the last couple of years I have tried a number of different connectors and I thought that I’d share my experience with one specific brand that has blown the competition away – The Anderson PowerPole’s…

I have tried the lot. For less demanding applications I have often used Deans, XT-60, EC3/EC5, Traxxas connectors and multiple brands of bullet connectors. For up to 300A applications I have used Neu bullets, Castle Creations bullets, the largest bullets from HobbyKing, Schulze connectors, Plettenberg’s largest connectors, etc, etc…

Then one day I cam across someone on a forum that recommended the Anderson PowerPole connectors. They are typically used in industrial applications but also lends themselves quite brilliantly for RC. As I see it the advantages are:

  • The absolute best is of course that no soldering is required and that they are quick to fit
  • Soldering will every now and then have a bad connection – but with the Anderson PowerPoles the connection is always perfect
  • If you are using an ESC without a spark eliminator system you do not have to worry as the spark on the Anderson Power Poles happen on the tip of the connector when you connect them and not at the actual area where they connect (it’s hard to describe but this is often an issue with bullet connectors and it makes a big difference in terms of the connectors durability and the quality of the connection over time)
  • You do not need heat shrink tubing
  • They are sturdy connectors and feels like they will last forever
  • The joint between two connectors is robust and will not disconnect accidentally (but unlike some connectors they are still easy to pull apart when needed)
  • Connectors can be stacked via a clever system
  •  All connectors are identical (i.e. there is no male or female type of connector) and they are therefore perfect for connecting batteries in series
  • In my experience the nominal currents can easily be exceeded. Many use the 45A connector in applications up to 90A and 75A connector is seen used up to 150A and a few even 200A (do be careful here though!)

For some reason I have not seen many that use the Anderson PowerPoles and I therefore thought it would make sense to write a few lines about them now that I have had such a great experience with them.

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Have fun!