[aprssig] 12V wiring ideas

Curt, WE7U curt.we7u at gmail.com
Sat Oct 29 05:38:51 CDT 2011

On Sat, 29 Oct 2011, david vanhorn wrote:

> I'd like to find something that will let me transition from the #8 or #10 ga
> hot and ground leads to powerpoles without having a huge clunky box.

Check out powerwerx.  They have some stuff that would be a bit cleaner than the large metal boxes:


I'd suggest going from the #8 or #10 cables directly to powerpoles, then plugging in one of their gadgets to give you more taps.  If you want a fuse per gadget you'll either have to go to the box-type distribution or add inline fuses at each device.

I'm running #10 wires directly from the battery, fused at the battery (both leads), into a Saratoga power panel inside the passenger compartment.  I like the liquid electrical tape goo for coating things inside the engine compartment and use the $5 (or so) Harbor Freight crimp tool that just happens to work for powerpoles.  I chopped off the factory battery clamps and installed my own, put the red/green felt disks on the battery terminals first, and coat them with clean motor oil periodically.  Keeps the terminals nice and clean so I don't have to periodically clean them with baking soda and water like I used to.

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