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PO bites me in on butt again!

So We did all this work on the battery banks. 2 new 6 volt for the house. the existing 2- 12 volt start batteries are testing as good. So why oh why would the banks not fully charge after hours and hours of charging with the charger? Well we took alll the cables off all the batteries again.. tested them again.. same as before... DUH??? the negative cable for the starting bank was only held in the connector with electrical tape! Looking closer the crimp was never really made even though it had the marks from a crimping tool... because it was a negative cable.. it never sparked or heated up that I know off.

Wow.. you should hear the starter crank the engine now!

"gentlemen.. start .. err ck your start, Ii mean ck your connections!
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So We did all this work on the battery banks. 2 new 6 volt for the house. the existing 2- 12 volt start batteries are testing as good. So why oh why would the banks not fully charge after hours and hours of charging with the charger? Well we took alll the cables off all the batteries again.. tested them again.. same as before... DUH??? the negative cable for the starting bank was only held in the connector with electrical tape! Looking closer the crimp was never really made even though it had the marks from a crimping tool... because it was a negative cable.. it never sparked or heated up that I know off.

Wow.. you should hear the starter crank the engine now!



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Well there's the problem Denise, everyone knows that you should solder not crimp.
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Yes,, darn right it's soldered now.. going to double check all the cable ends soon. The cable is very nice and shiny tinned marine cable. the connectors.. I'll be replacing them all. btw guys. harbor freight has a large cable crimper for a reasonable cost.
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Denise,

If you buy through GenuineDealz, they will do the cutting and crimping for you for $1 per connector....

Might be cheaper than HF crimper in the short (and since it's HF, the long) run.
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I'll be ordering things from GD to install the Bluesea ACR sometime next month hopefully. thanks E!
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Denise,

The sizes on the HFT dies are sized for nothing you'll want to use in terms of terminals. I have no idea what "standard" they sized them to but they are way off! I agree about Genuine Dealz if you don't want to buy the right tool...
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