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Solder or crimp?

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by Leonel, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. Leonel

    Leonel [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Just wondering what's the best method to use , bviously I'm not doing this for a living so time is not an issue
    Thanks in advance
    Leonel
     
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    Both.
     
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    Aw9d That one guy

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    I always solder/heatshink unless its just not possible for whatever reason.
     
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    Use the right lugs (male & female) and you won't have issues. Solder can come apart if you are installing on moving parts, if you apply both and definitely heat shrink afterwards you will be golden
     
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    You can make a high quality lifetime connection with correctly sized butt connectors and a ratcheting crimper.

    Don't confuse that with the low quality "crimps" that you install with your hands that pinch through the insulation, and are supplied with low cost wiring harnesses for trailer connectors, fog lights, etc...
     
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    haha, i was just googleing last night to try and figure this out. i was thinking i had to go the way of solder but i conculded that butt connectors properly crimped will suit my truck audio needs. have to put all this in:

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    I do crimps. I have never had a problem as long as you have a good set of pliers. Not the cheapo $5 ones
     
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    Your in Seattle and you're a Charger fan? aint you a long way from home?
     
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    A proper solder joint on a wire to wire connection will not come apart. Soldering joints is always the preferred method for making connections. Water and impurities will never get between the solder and wires.
    Crimps are much faster, but are a compromise. They should only be used on the interior. Otherwise "Weatherpack" style connectors should be used.
     
  10. BEEFY_CHEESY_TACO

    BEEFY_CHEESY_TACO DUDE MAN BRO

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    A good soldered connection will always be much better than a splice connector, anyone that tells you different doesn't know how to solder properly.
     
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    mutilatedjak n00b waffle

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    Kind of counter intuitive ( at least to me) but a soldered joint has more resistance than a properly crimped joint.

    A ton of aircraft and spacecraft use crimps over solder, to prevent failure from the stiffness caused by the soldering.

    I use both, just depends on the situation.
     
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    Right on,I agree.
     
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    i use the crimps that we use on the apache. the raychem enviromental splices. if its good enough to use on a $30 million dollar acft covered in hydraulic fluid and oil, then its good enough for my $30k dollar truck.
     
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    i used to live in SD and i'm originally from the Inland Empire. Dodgers, Chargers and Sounders FTW! Keeping it west coast i guess.

    good point about water. if weatherproofing is needed then solder may be more appropriate.

    i don't know how to solder so i'm sticking to crimping so i don't make things worse. i kind of want to do it for kicks though.
     
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    solder strong connection.
     
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    I use both plus heat shrink but it all depends on the connection and what I'm trying to connect
     
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    Solder and heat shrink, best connection.
     
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    I use butt connectors with adhesive heat shrink built into them. And obviously crimp them properly. And sometimes I will add extra heatshrink over that if I want extra protection. I have been installing electronics on $100k-200k boats using them, and have never had an issue. Including connections that have to be submerged in water for long periods of time. If they withstand that, they can withstand being crammed behind my dash/door panels ;)
     
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