#120: How to Install Anderson Powerpole connectors

#120: How to Install Anderson Powerpole connectors

This video shows how to install Anderson Powerpole connectors onto a power cable / wire. These connectors are very popular with the amateur / ham radio community as well as emergency and first response teams (ARES, RACES, CERT) as a universal, reliable way to connect radio equipment to power sources (batteries, vehicles, power supplies). I also discuss the benefits and downsides of soldering these connectors.
Table Of Contents:
0:00 – Introduction and stripping length
1:15 – Dovetails on Housings to mate housings together
2:00 – “Standard” orientation for 12V applications
2:47 – Contact terminal orientation
3:45 – Crimping the contact/terminals – proper tools and operation
5:07 – The actual crimping operation
6:29 – Both wires crimped – quick discussion on soldering
7:54 – Inserting contact terminals into the housing(s)
8:43 – Housing feature to lock together, other final steps


  1. Bob Scott on October 4, 2021 at 7:57 am

    Thank you. Excellent demo and helped me out a lot.

  2. TheCulturedGeek on October 4, 2021 at 7:57 am


  3. James Lander on October 4, 2021 at 7:58 am


  4. Scott Beers on October 4, 2021 at 7:59 am

    I am a new user to Anderson Powerpole connectors. Your video explained installation quite well. Thanks for taking the time.

  5. Bruce Weight on October 4, 2021 at 8:00 am

    All the power pole connectors I have purchased have an open crimp area kinda like a hot dog bun. They are a pain to install! I have never seen tubular one’s. The crimp tool would have to evenly fold it inwards on it’ self. Where do you get those? I have to solder mine. I worked in the electrical field and twisting the wire is something my guys didn’t seem to understand. I would tell them to imagine pulling a bullet out of a rifled barrel. I have found you cannot have even a small amount of wire sticking out past the end of the connector as it hits the end and won’t allow it to click in. Even though I solder mine it also causes the insulation to melt back and bunch up causing even more cuss words when you click it in or try to. I will have to look around for the tubular kind. Thanks for the video.

  6. Lori F on October 4, 2021 at 8:01 am

    Excellent presentation, clear, concise, just what I needed! Thank you for posting!

  7. ron wright on October 4, 2021 at 8:02 am

    Yes very good video, just the good info needed, thanks

  8. Aleziss on October 4, 2021 at 8:02 am

    I thought it was supposed to be RRTT, red on right, tongue in top ?

  9. Thin Air Radio on October 4, 2021 at 8:03 am

    Well done. Thanks

  10. Brian Clements on October 4, 2021 at 8:04 am

    Thank you for showing the orientation of all pieces. Very helpful video! 73

  11. fredbyte1 on October 4, 2021 at 8:05 am

    How would you snap the APP connectors together vertically, rather than horizontally, as shown in your excellent video?

  12. Sheila Magnus on October 4, 2021 at 8:06 am

    Excellent video. Clear and concise and well executed. Thank you.

  13. Frank Caltabiano on October 4, 2021 at 8:07 am

    Exactly the video I was looking for. Thank you!

  14. James Keough on October 4, 2021 at 8:10 am

    Excellent video. It would be nice to have a link to the larger connectors, say 12-14 gauge.

  15. Maggie's Journey on October 4, 2021 at 8:11 am

    Thank you.

  16. Sergio Marroquin, Jr. on October 4, 2021 at 8:11 am

    Very informative. I especially like the strain relief idea.

  17. Graham Stokes on October 4, 2021 at 8:14 am

    Thanks for this. Very clear. If it has been a long time (years) since I last used Anderson power pole connectors, I like to review with your vid.

  18. Monte Clark on October 4, 2021 at 8:15 am

    There is a saying to remember the proper orientation. When looking at the plug as if you are going to plug it into your eye, it’s red right, tongue top. I use these in my car. 30 auto breaker connected with 10 awg wire. I have a connector at the front grill and one on the passenger side floor. Works great for connecting inverters, battery chargers, etc. after the cigarette lighter end melted on my 12v tire pump, I cut it off and installed power poles on that as well, doesn’t even get warm. I even cut the house plugs off of a 12 awg extension cord and put Anderson plugs on that so I can stretch the tire pump back to the trailer. These things are great.

  19. Luke Hanson on October 4, 2021 at 8:15 am

    Ok but I’m just wondering all the situations where you could accidentally touch the red and black wires together and electrocute yourself? Or start a fire?

  20. Russell Graves on October 4, 2021 at 8:16 am

    I like to add a black boot on the Anderson Pole poles and I presume Anderson PP in Massachusetts don’t make them but they are common on eBay from China and help to act as a grommet to protect cord and make it moisture proof during light mist doing Mtn topping and back packing. KB1UKU/M

  21. Red Fish on October 4, 2021 at 8:16 am

    Top notch DIY instruction – concise, articulate, thorough. Great help for installing these ingenious connectors.

  22. Bob Broeking - Jet Skier - WhiteSpider on October 4, 2021 at 8:16 am

    Very useful, thanks.

  23. Charles Morris on October 4, 2021 at 8:17 am

    Great video. I’m a new ham, new to powerpole, and was having difficulty getting my connectors to work with some 20GA. Push harder! After your video I’m an expert! thanks!

  24. Alan Thomas on October 4, 2021 at 8:18 am

    Excellent instruction, never used them before so now I know how!

  25. Matt Bickford on October 4, 2021 at 8:21 am

    Thanks for the concise instruction. Kudos!

  26. PRAET0R1ANN on October 4, 2021 at 8:22 am

    What plugs into them though is there a male/female?

  27. Bateau Bay Bubble on October 4, 2021 at 8:25 am

    Hello. Thanks for the video. What size wire are you using in this video, and which Anderson Powerpole?

  28. Jeff W. Waldrop on October 4, 2021 at 8:26 am

    Fill the little hole with a tiny amt hot glue and they won’t slide apart. The barrel pins are hard to find.

  29. james doink on October 4, 2021 at 8:27 am

    awesome video thank you a big help ,stay safe

  30. Iasciate Ogni Speranza on October 4, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Hats Off!
    Perfectly explained, great voice, good image.

    I use liquid electric tape at the entrance to avoid dust and water from condensation.

  31. Jasmine Goodblood on October 4, 2021 at 8:31 am

    The man the myth the legend keep it up thank you

  32. James Arkell on October 4, 2021 at 8:31 am

    Good tutorial, but I found these connectors are no good for larger wires. The 50A and above connectors work fine, but the contacts in these small modular connectors don’t sit straight unless the wire, and the crimp, is relatively small. Otherwise the contacts don’t lock in, and the connectors won’t fit. So beware if you want to use them for 30A and above. The larger connectors are far better.

  33. Don H on October 4, 2021 at 8:32 am

    Best visual details and explaination.

  34. Diesel Bushcraft on October 4, 2021 at 8:33 am

    Thank you, you answered my question in the first 3 minutes 😃

  35. Bill Foy on October 4, 2021 at 8:33 am

    Excellent presentation … thank you!

  36. asd67lkj on October 4, 2021 at 8:38 am

    I agree, that TriCrimp tool makes the task so much easier. Cost me $$$ to get one fron the USA, but money well spent.

  37. Jason Floyd on October 4, 2021 at 8:39 am

    Thanks for the video!

  38. Tom Popp - KA0TP on October 4, 2021 at 8:39 am

    Marine grade (With glue) Heatshrink on the wires and slid up to the connectors help keep them together.

  39. Roger Pilon on October 4, 2021 at 8:39 am

    Everyone shows how to make them, nobody shows how to assemble them

  40. Branvini Films on October 4, 2021 at 8:41 am

    Thank you!

  41. TheStonerGuy on October 4, 2021 at 8:43 am

    Once I did all my Powerpole crimping the kit went back in the box. Over the years, every so often I get another cable to add connectors to, and when it doubt, I refer to your video which I have bookmarked. Your straight/extrapolation-free narrative makes this a keeper 👍

  42. PBS #007 on October 4, 2021 at 8:43 am

    what gauge wire??

  43. S T on October 4, 2021 at 8:44 am

    Will all power poles be crimped with this

  44. Retired Doc on October 4, 2021 at 8:46 am

    I used this video 5 years ago to attach power cables together. I used it again to today to do it again, b/c I had forgotten the orientations. GREAT VIDEO…FB!!

  45. Joseph D'Souza on October 4, 2021 at 8:49 am

    Excellent tutorial and very helpful. Thank you.

  46. Surge1045 on October 4, 2021 at 8:51 am

    Excellent video. If you’re new to these connectors, you must watch this. Before I watched it, I first thought that 9:37 was way too long for a simple connection but it turned out that I was wrong, there is a lot of useful information in this video. Thank you for posting!

  47. Jim Gurtner on October 4, 2021 at 8:52 am

    Great video! Very clearly explained! Thank you! 🙏🙏🙏

  48. Stepclimb on October 4, 2021 at 8:53 am

    Thank you for making this excellent video!

  49. Dave From Texas on October 4, 2021 at 8:55 am

    Nicely narrated 👍

  50. Jeff G on October 4, 2021 at 8:56 am

    There is an art to teaching. It’s a relief to listen to someone explain and articulate something so thoroughly yet efficiently. Thank you.

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