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    I started working on a portable power solution and also finally giving in and getting dew heaters. I wanted to outline my plans and let folks with more experience poke any holes in it .

    I recently bought an 85 A-hr deep cycle battery and have a Schumacher SE-1052 50/10/2 Amp Manual Starter/Charger on the way. I plan to run the mount and dew heaters off this battery. I also want to transition to power pole connectors so I'm looking at connecting to the battery through an Anderson Power CM-8 Chassis Mount which will leave me with 2 extra connections if needed. Anyone know of a crimper for power poles that doesn't cost $35+?

    For dew, I'm looking at Dew Not 6" and 4" for my main scope and guide scope and either making my own controller or getting the Thousand Oaks Four-Channel Digital Dew Heater Control Unit. I would cut off the cigarette lighter plug and replace it with a power pole connector
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    Default Re: Power and dew solutions

    Sounds like a plan Adam. I will leave the battery questions to those with more experience. I know several members have unique setups for power. I use the Kendrick heaters and they work great but everyone has their own preference. Good luck! Ed
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    Default Re: Power and dew solutions

    Quote Originally Posted by adamland View Post
    I started working on a portable power solution and also finally giving in and getting dew heaters. I wanted to outline my plans and let folks with more experience poke any holes in it .

    I recently bought an 85 A-hr deep cycle battery and have a Schumacher SE-1052 50/10/2 Amp Manual Starter/Charger on the way. I plan to run the mount and dew heaters off this battery. I also want to transition to power pole connectors so I'm looking at connecting to the battery through an Anderson Power CM-8 Chassis Mount which will leave me with 2 extra connections if needed. Anyone know of a crimper for power poles that doesn't cost $35+?

    For dew, I'm looking at Dew Not 6" and 4" for my main scope and guide scope and either making my own controller or getting the Thousand Oaks Four-Channel Digital Dew Heater Control Unit. I would cut off the cigarette lighter plug and replace it with a power pole connector

    Listed right at your own Amazon link is set of crimpers for under $10. I usually always search Amazon first when looking for tools, they usually offer the best pricing. Another common option is to use RCA style plug. Personally, I try to keep my heating load completely separated from my mount and other delicate electronic gear, this type of electrical load is known as a resistive load. I run one dedicated battery just for my dew system components. Being that I have a large aperture scope, having the separate battery works out nicely due to the high current drain found with my dew heating system. I own strictly Kendrick's brand dew heating components, but I have also heard great reviews on the Dew Not Brand of dew heating system and components. The Dew Not brand standard 4 channel controller has many great reviews.
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    Default Re: Power and dew solutions

    I use an ancient Radio Shack crimper on my Powerpoles. However, I don't trust crimped connections, so I also solder them after crimping.

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    Default Re: Power and dew solutions

    Quote Originally Posted by DaltonSkyGazer View Post
    Listed right at your own Amazon link is set of crimpers for under $10. I usually always search Amazon first when looking for tools, they usually offer the best pricing.
    Are you referring to this? I did look on Amazon and the only crimpers I found that specifically said they were for power poles started at $35. Do more general purpose crimping tools work just as well?
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    Default Re: Power and dew solutions

    RE POWER POLES

    When i work on my own connections, I simply use a soldering clamp arm to hold the Power Pole
    metal insert sideways ( parallel to the floor ) ..then I solder the wire and fill the void with solder.
    I prefer this to crimping and or crimping and soldering.

    The metal insert is held sideways to prevent melted solder from dripping onto the outside of the insert,
    as a bump of solder can prevent you from inserting it into the plastic housing.

    I do all of my Power Poles like this. Just make sure the wire is stripped to the correct length

    Crimping can be convenient, but soldering gives me piece of mind.

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