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Old 03-08-2009, 01:31 PM   #1
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This is how I attach a battery cable end. I don't remember ever seeing one fail, but I have had a few unsoldered crimped ends fail. If there is a better idea out there I would be glad to connect a sample cable end to my soldered end and post pictures of the results. Just UPS your cable to me. This could prove one way or the other the best/ safest method.Steve
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Old 03-08-2009, 01:53 PM   #2
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It takes a big, expensive crimper to properly crimp that kind of stuff. I wouldn't buy one unless I had a lot of fittings to do. Luckily, our local West Marine has one that you can use in the store. I also have a friend who has one that I can borrow, but I haven't had to make one in years.
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Old 03-09-2009, 07:32 AM   #3
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That's the way they used to do them years ago at the place I worked years ago. The cables were used on tractor starting batteries. Our system was much more sophisticated we had a real vise not just visegrips!!
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Old 03-09-2009, 08:25 PM   #4
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Well- you know how us boat captains learn to use what we have available!! Actually, I am usually replacing just the cable end and the Vicegrips allow me to position the terminal in a convenient position.Steve
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Old 11-09-2009, 11:25 AM   #5
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Would anyone say this is a wise method of soldering a crimped end. On the large lug cable ends I first crimped with a chisel and anvil then I drilled a small hole *in the lug and filled it with solder. I didn't think it would sweat in. *I liked FF idea of dipping the end in a ladel of solder but didn't have that set up. *I do have a torch and solder. *last on goes the heat shrink.
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Old 11-09-2009, 06:24 PM   #6
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Would it be better to tin the cable end before inserting into the clamp?
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Old 11-10-2009, 05:07 AM   #7
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Would it be better to tin the cable end before inserting into the clamp?


Perhaps but a good terminal end is a very close fit , so tinning first might make insertion difficult .

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