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Recommended multi-pin connectors?

I'm looking for advice/suggestions for a good quality inline electrical connectors for easy connect/disconnect of 14ga triplex wires. This is specifically for my mast wiring disconnect, but since the connectors are below deck "waterproof" is probably not strictly necessary.

I've bought (and tossed) some chinese-made junk connectors online, and now am wondering what the pros use. The stuff I've seen on most marine supply sites seems to be designed to be flush-mounted. I'm looking for a simple inline connector.

Having spent hours here reading some great threads on wiring (and other subjects), I know there are some very knowledgeable and experienced members here, so I figured I'd toss it out there.

TIA,

Chris
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Re: Recommended multi-pin connectors?

Near a good-sized airport you should be able to find an aircraft-parts store. They should have mil-spec grade shells, pins & tools to build anything you need. I used to repair electronic wheelchairs with parts from a place near Miami International Airport. They had the same connectors I used on the A7-E aircraft I worked on in the Navy. Some of the shells are multi-part, and waterproof when completely assembled,- never trust water to stay out of where you don't want it to go - it'll find a way there anyhow.

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Re: Recommended multi-pin connectors?

Some of these,
Browsing Power Poles,
plus some mastic-filled heat shrink will work. The plastic housings snap together so you can build any kind of stack you want.

(Thanks to remetau, who posted the source on another thread.)
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Re: Recommended multi-pin connectors?

Nice, thanks for the suggestions. Interesting idea about the aircraft parts store. I'll check that out, mostly because it sounds pretty cool. And expensive.

I guess a trailer wire connector would work too.
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