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Old 03-26-2019, 02:21 PM   #1
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New connector.

New to me anyway, but I love tools so I thought it might make your lives easier.
It's a connector for splicing or joining wires.
There's a variety, but this is the "Posi-Tap".
There's no stripping of the wire, and no twisting.
One end pierces the existing wire, the other end crimps down on your wire.
I thought about lots of low current applications, like tapping into the running lights for a camera, or adding a 12v light inside.
They come in different colors just like the wire gauge code.
Looks ideal for tight places and not much slack in the wire.
https://www.posi-products.com/posiplug.html
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Old 03-26-2019, 02:54 PM   #2
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Nice - a real time saver on low voltage wiring. Thanks for sharing
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Old 03-26-2019, 03:03 PM   #3
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Thanks! I could have used a couple of these a week or so ago, working in a tight spot with very little slack.

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Be very careful with quick easy fixes like this. Any “connector” like scotchlocks or other quick wire splicing devices. They sound good but allow for a weak connection with problems galore.
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They worked great on my Honda Blackbird .Very easy to use and handy where room is limited. No problems yet.
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Old 03-26-2019, 07:16 PM   #6
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hhmm. as an EE with 30+ years experience, i would not recommend these types of connectors

they tend to be weak and loose a positive connection over time.

crimp, molex twist or solder are much better options that will not change over time.
the money you save in product cost is more than swamped by your time and effort down the road to fix something.

do it once, do it right
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hhmm. as an EE with 30+ years experience, i would not recommend these types of connectors

they tend to be weak and loose a positive connection over time.

crimp, molex twist or solder are much better options that will not change over time.
the money you save in product cost is more than swamped by your time and effort down the road to fix something.

do it once, do it right
Yep that’s what I say. I’ve got 16 years in the wire connecting and crimping business and those connectors WILL development problems overtime. Especially in an environment that has vibration.
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New?

I had some old Christmas lights from the 60s that had this type of connection. I think the old low voltage yard lights were similar. Both just pierced the wire with a screw cap. You could move them up or down on the wire too. For low voltage and amps I think they'd be OK, especially for decorative lighting. I wouldn't want to have wet hands near them.
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Be very careful with quick easy fixes like this. Any “connector” like scotchlocks or other quick wire splicing devices. They sound good but allow for a weak connection with problems galore.
Personally, I like solder, but there are times when you don't want to cut the wire and you can't get crimp tools into the space allowed.
Keep in mind the phone company for decades used thousands of punch blocks and they worked! These are better!
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New connector.

They still use punch down blocks.

Used to be “Type 66” and now they are “110” type. Takes different tools, but they make a very reliable, ‘gas tight’ connection to solid wire. My home network is a structured wiring system that uses 110 blocks to run data at 1 gigabit per second. It’s solidly reliable.

The only place I use solder nowadays is on actual circuit boards. Everything else involving wires and terminal lugs is crimped with a high-quality ratcheting crimper.

Works way better and more durable under vibration than soldered connections. That’s why it’s used in aerospace applications and spacecraft nowadays.
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signal connection are much different than power connections
as well
stationery vs moving makes a big difference

thus not a good means to compare at home signal with power in a moving trailers
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Be very careful with quick easy fixes like this. Any “connector” like scotchlocks or other quick wire splicing devices. They sound good but allow for a weak connection with problems galore.
Well, I hope not! My entire 2019 Classic is put together with crimp type wire connectors!!
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This is a vampire tap for 12v.
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Well, I hope not! My entire 2019 Classic is put together with crimp type wire connectors!!
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Properly installed Crimp type connectors are more than fine. I use 100s every day and have for over 15 years. The connectors like scotch-locks that “bite” into the wire are “no bueno”.
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Especially if you use a quality ratchet-type crimper to do the crimps consistently.
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Especially if you use a quality ratchet-type crimper to do the crimps consistently.
Yep the hand crimp I use is ratcheting with side supports to prevent the crimp from squishing out the sides of the tool
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