immitation anderson plugs

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I have searched and can't find a thread on this topic specifically. I have read it mentioned but not really discussed in detail (although I am sure it has been at some time)

I have read a number of posts that say beware of imitation anderson plugs and you get what you pay for etc, but does any have a firm view on what the genuine anderson behaves like vs an one. Maybe your opinion might cover the connectors and the metal lugs separately.

Of course there are and then there are imitations. Some imitations might be pretty good and others might be rubbish.

The adage "you get what you pay for" often applies but not always. Sometimes name brands charge a premium for their brand for no real good reason.

Any thoughts out there or maybe someone can direct me to a thread.
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Reply By: Shaker - Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 19:43

Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 19:43
I have both & there is no discernable difference.
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Reply By: Shaz & Col - Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 19:53

Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 19:53
I use approx 16 or 17 non genuine anderson plugs a month and have never had a problem, I have seen genuine and non genuine fail over the years and usually because of incorrect application or installation
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Follow Up By: Spade Newsom - Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 20:07

Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 20:07
Thabks Shaz or Col
What about the ease or otherwise of connecting and disconnecting them?

Sorry, also the spell checker deleted some words instead of correcting them. (User error no doubt) I must have spelled plenty of them incorrectly 'cause quite a few got deleted. Hopefully still understandable.
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 20:47

Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 20:47
If you go to

www.sidewinder.com.au

You can buy both the plugs and a T handle that screws onto them and makes it a lot easier to pull them apart.

Derek, the owner is a business member on here so wont hurt to patronise him.

His prices are usually good



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Follow Up By: Maîneÿ . . .- Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 20:53

Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 20:53
when disconnecting them, push hands apart by the opposing thumbs, don’t push sideways too hard, but more backwards.

The greater pressure created down on the lugs stops them moving and wearing, so is a blessing and also a curse too.

Maîneÿ . . .
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Follow Up By: Spade Newsom - Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 20:57

Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 20:57
I could do that Graham, but that would be like asking the Nissan dealer if he thinks Landcruiser is worth paying the extra money for.

I don't have an opinion myself but there are lots of entries in past threads that say beware of imitations. I simply have not read anyone actually say that they have used an imitation and it was inferior and why.
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Reply By: Member - Ed C (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 21:55

Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 21:55
From my observations, the 'genuine' and 'imitations' are for all intents and purposes identical, and inter-changeable, and I've never had a problem connecting one to the other...

However, when you can buy 10 of the 'real deal' for $36.50 delivered to your door, why would yuo even consider the imitations?
have a look here >>Site Link

Be aware also, that there are contacts available (from Anderson) to suit 6, 8, & 10 gauge wire in the SB50 .. (should always match the connector to the wire size)...

I buy my PowerPoles, spare contacts, etc from this place in the U S of A (check 'em out) >>Powerwerx

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Follow Up By: Spade Newsom - Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 22:04

Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 22:04
How can they sell 10 for $36.50 when on the Whitworths website they sell two for nearly $40. Maybe bigger grade connector, I forgot to check but are the EXACTLY the same.
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 22:47

Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 22:47
Dont know what all the fuss is about

I bought mine off Derek and they have lasted two years of hanging out the back of the croozer A bit of a clean now and then but they still work.

As none I have seen are branded i didnt know there was real and unreal ones.

I figured Anderson was a type not a make so took what I was happy with. The higher power capacity ones may need a bit more quality but I would still buy mine from the same place.


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Follow Up By: Ianw - Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 22:47

Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 22:47
You can buy genuine direct from the Anderson company for less than $4.50 each

Anderson plugs

Ian
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Follow Up By: Member - Ed C (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 23:27

Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 23:27
Ian,
I can't be certain, but I'd be willing to make a small wager that the business you have linked, and the ebay seller linked above, are one and the same.. (which makes the ebay option that much better of a proposition, IMO)...

re the price quoted from Whitworths (yes, I had a look, and they are the same)... I'll be polite and say they're on a 'nice little earner' there ;-) ....

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Follow Up By: Ianw - Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 23:40

Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 23:40
Possibly, but they have different addresses

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Follow Up By: Spade Newsom - Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 23:47

Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 23:47
Ian the ebay link to the chap that sells the packs of 10 also sells the connectors separately.

This would come in handy for me as I am a bit rusty with the soldering and likely to bugger up a couple of the poor little pieces of unsuspecting metal.
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Reply By: Mandrake's Solar Power- Friday, Apr 16, 2010 at 13:46

Friday, Apr 16, 2010 at 13:46
From previous discussions "genuine" Anderson Power Products are made from "self-extinguishing " plastic - I believe that is the difference ..

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