Anderson plug's on jumper lead's

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 at 17:13
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Please forgive me for opening yet another "Anderson plug" topic but I did a search but couldn't find the info I'm after, yet.

Has anyone made up a set of vehicle jumper leads with Anderson Plugs on one end for plugging in to similar plugs connected to the aux battery to jump start a dead vehicle? I know that the aux battery needs to be of a suitable type but what I'd like to know is whether the 175A plugs are suitable or should it have the 350A version. Getting the parts and crimping/soldering isn't the problem.
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Reply By: Gronk - Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 at 17:25

Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 at 17:25
For the rare times you need it ( unless you are flattening your batts regularly ), I wouldn't bother..

If you must, then the biggest anderson you can get would be best......but then they will be BIG !!!
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Reply By: get outmore - Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 at 17:26

Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 at 17:26
all our work vehicles have got this setup,,not sure which plugs they use though
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Reply By: Racey - Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 at 17:29

Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 at 17:29
Thumper battery packs come with a set of jumper leads with a 175 amp Anderson plug.
175 amp is sufficient due to the relatively short time in use. I have used mine on a few occasions to start other peoples cars.
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Reply By: Slow one - Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 at 17:32

Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 at 17:32
Phil,
The anderson 175A plugs are very common on mining vehicles, both light and heavy units, for jump pack starting.

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Reply By: ABR - SIDEWINDER - Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 at 18:02

Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 at 18:02
Hi Phil

175A plugs are fine. Here is a current graph that will help you.



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Derek from ABR

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Reply By: Member - John - Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 at 18:13

Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 at 18:13
Yes, 175 amp version, with a cover, works very well.
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Reply By: Member - mechpete - Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 at 18:46

Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 at 18:46
a lot of CFA fire trucks have them set up for that use , hopefully to stop people connecting them arse about
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Reply By: Cyberess - Friday, Feb 07, 2014 at 11:09

Friday, Feb 07, 2014 at 11:09
I like the idea Anderson Plugs -- and I have used them all over my vehicle -- There was a mention in the thread that Anderson plugs can't be plug in arse about -- or be shorted out--

Oh yes they can be.



Negative earthed vehicle -- that's a bang.

I found out from a post on the Myswag forum "http://www.myswag.org/index.php?topic=34572.0"
(You will need to be logged into the Myswag forum to see the images on that thread)

I think it's a important thing to know, as a lot of people just down't think that it's possible.

My Solution -- Make little guards

Ref: My Mahindra Buildup Thread "http://www.myswag.org/index.php?topic=17679.msg555492#msg555492"

Cheers

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Follow Up By: fisho64 - Friday, Feb 07, 2014 at 12:16

Friday, Feb 07, 2014 at 12:16
just curious why, whether a vehicle is positive or negative earthed would matter?
Surely you would wire up the plug the indicated way regardless?
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Follow Up By: Cyberess - Friday, Feb 07, 2014 at 13:24

Friday, Feb 07, 2014 at 13:24
The top picture has been correctly wired up, it's just crossed plugged.

Maybe not so much if used in a jumper lead situation, but if used as AUX power to a trailer, the body of the trailer is connected to vehicle Negative via a trailer hitch, then it's easy to short out via cross plugging a correctly wired Anderson plug and lead.
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Follow Up By: Member - Munji - Friday, Feb 07, 2014 at 15:05

Friday, Feb 07, 2014 at 15:05
Seriously, if you cannot fit the two together correctly please stay off the roads, and yes 175 andersons are ok we use them on our mine vehicles.
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Follow Up By: Cyberess - Friday, Feb 07, 2014 at 15:48

Friday, Feb 07, 2014 at 15:48
This has nothing to do with staying off or on the road. :)

This was a ref from another forum, where the Anderson plug was mounted under the bumper, and it was the guys Misses plugged the Anderson plugs together.. O.K. I guess never really looked, under the bumper, just plugged it in by feel -- I guess it would of been a real surprise for them to see all their wiring going up in a puff of smoke. The thing that surprised me was the fact it was actually possible to do in the fist place. If someone had asked me before if it was possible to do before hand -- I would had said it would be impossible -- but I now know that it's possible, even to my surprise, just how easy it is to do.
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Follow Up By: Slow one - Friday, Feb 07, 2014 at 17:22

Friday, Feb 07, 2014 at 17:22
Cyberess,

Thanks for the great info. Never seen it done but I can see how it could happen with the trailer earth coming back through the tow ball or safety chain.
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Reply By: The Bantam - Friday, Feb 07, 2014 at 22:56

Friday, Feb 07, 2014 at 22:56
Now here are a couple of alternative options.

I run two marine cranking battries in my 4wd, one as the main battery and one as the aux.

In addition to running a basic VSR, I have a standard A/B/both battery switch fitted..sort of waired backwards.

This allows me to run my winch from either main/aux or both....the intention to reduce the hammering winching puts on a single battery.

It also gives me the option of putting the switch in the "both" position as a jump start function.

If you don't need the winch function it is simple enough to baypass your VSR or other dual battery controller with a standard battery switch to achieve a jump start function.

Some VSRs have a jump start function built in.....there is discussion about this being adequate or not.

Years ago when I was wiring ambulances for a living...they had dual elecrical systems with two batteries and two alternaotors.
We used to fit a standard british leylend style starter solenoid with the manual push button as a jump start function.

If there was enough juce the function could be activated from a dash mounted push button...if that did not work, the bonnet could be opened and the manual button on the solenoid pushed.


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