One Anderson Powerpole "Set"
What is a Powerpole "Set"?
Anderson Power Products Powerpole
connectors are available bagged in popular sized sets with volume pricing. A "Set"
includes all the parts needed for a single connector. For the 15, 30 & 45 amp Powerpoles;
a set includes (1) red/black bonded housing and (2) contacts.
We offer bagged quantities of 10, 25, 50, 100, 250 & 500 sets. A 10 set bag contains
10 connectors, the same as 5 mated connector pairs, or exactly (10) red/black bonded housings and
Recommended gauges for each contact size
15, 30 & 45 amp Powerpoles will mate with each other
15, 30 & 45 amp contacts all use the same housing. Therefore, they all connect to
each other. The size of the flat contact area is actually the same for all contacts.
The only difference between the 15, 30 & 45 amp contacts is the size of the receiving
barrel that accepts the wire.
15 amp contacts are recommended for 20-16 gauge wire
- 30 amp contacts are recommended for 14-12 gauge wire
45 amp contacts are recommended for 10 gauge wire
Powerpoles are both genderless and polarized connectors
are genderless, meaning the supply and load connectors are the same. Since there
are no male or female parts, all Powerpoles mate with themselves.
Powerpoles become polarized when the red and black housings slide together via
molded-in dovetails on the housings. Connections can be quickly made and remade
sightlessly or in the dark.
Size comparison for Powerpole housings
Unassembled vs. Permanently Bonded
Unassembled sets can be assembled in any configuration. As two housings slide together via
molded-in dovetails, two half rounds align to form a channel that accepts a slotted roll pin.
This prevents the housings from sliding apart. The roll pin is a compression fit and will not
fall out in operation.
Powerwerx now offers Red/Black Powerpole sets that have been ultrasonically welded together
which creates a permanent bond between the red and black housings. This can save assembly time,
guarantee correct configuration, eliminate the need for a roll pin and enable the use of
Powerpole accessories such as
retaining clips or
The Anderson Powerpole singlepole connector family
family spans a range of sizes covering up to 180 amps and accepting a different
gauges of wire from 20 thru 1/0 AWG. Here is a size comparison diagram for the 15/30/45,
75, 120, 180 amp Powerpole Housings:
High current rating, low resistance
The size of the wire
a Powerpole contact will accept is the primary limitation of their ability to carry
a load. The size of the flat contact area is actually the same for all 15, 30 &
45 amp contacts. Powerpoles will safely handle higher loads or surges, please read
the PP30 data sheet (PDF) for additional information.
The contacts are made of highly conductive silver-plated copper for minimal contact
resistance at high currents. The average contact resistance is 600 micro-ohms.
Flat wiping contact system
This system allows for minimal
contact resistance at high current. The self-wiping action cleans contact surfaces
during connection/disconnection. The contacts are rated at 10,000 no-load connect/disconnect
cycles. When two pairs are mated together, it takes approximately 3 pounds of tension
to pull them apart.
Stainless steel spring
Good connectors should not loose contact
tension under use or vibration. Powerpoles use a stainless steel spring which applies
25 lbs. of pressure to hold the silver-plated copper contacts firmly together and
maintain constant contact. This is ideal for frequent connect/disconnect cycles.
Other cheaper connectors simply depend upon soft copper that eventually spreads
apart and becomes loose.
Durable polycarbonate housing
The Powerpole insulated housings
use a durable, high impact-resistant, high temperature polycarbonate plastic with
a UL94 V-0 flammability rating. The connector design allows air to flow through
the housing, assisting in cooling.
Powerpole housings have a modular design that allows for multi-pole (multi-conductor)
configurations. Housings slide together via molded-in dovetails.
Additional housing colors, extra contacts & accessories
different colored Powerpole housings to identify special voltages or special circuits.
We stock all colors: red, black, blue, green, white, orange, yellow, gray, brown,
violet and pink. We also offer
individual loose piece 15, 30 & 45 amp contacts separately.
A variety of Powerpole accessories are available including
weather resistant dust
tools & more.