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Old 01-24-2017, 02:37 AM   #1
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Default #4 AWG welding cable upgrade

Getting ready to upgrade to #4 cable

4 AWG welding cable
#4 Ancor 1/4 & 5/16 lugs
Crimp tool & cable cutters
Adhesive heat shrink
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Old 01-24-2017, 07:27 AM   #2
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Default Re: #4 AWG welding cable upgrade

Looks like a good day of work.
How much wire did you get it took me almost 30ft to do everything.
Just FYI Missouri wind and solar on ebay has 4ga ends 20 for 10 bucks delivered
Best price around on other sizes to.
No ofiliation or anything just that some places charge 2.50 or more thats expensive when you need 20 or 30
Your new wires should last a long time!
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Old 01-24-2017, 12:18 PM   #3
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Default Re: #4 AWG welding cable upgrade

30' WOW. I just finished mine, sepex, and the controller is in front of the batts and used less than 18 feet. Now I didn't use #2 for the fields, used 6 gauge left from the old system.
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Old 01-24-2017, 01:30 PM   #4
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Default Re: #4 AWG welding cable upgrade

Thanks

What does the connector look like, I looked
for a closed cup so no corrosion/acid can get into the tip of the cable
Almost a $1 each though.

Got 25' of each, red/black

Did find #4 awg for $.74/foot & adhesive heat shrink
100' for $92 + free shipping over $250 order
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Will order some if I start making cables for the cart barn guy.
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Old 01-24-2017, 01:38 PM   #5
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Default Re: #4 AWG welding cable upgrade

replacing only part of the system with 4ga does you no good and creates a resistance in the "circuit".
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Go ahead a replace it all with the larger wire.
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Old 01-24-2017, 02:35 PM   #7
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Default Re: #4 AWG welding cable upgrade

On my setup, the fields never see a full 500 amps, only 325 and even that only for a short time. Hence the 1/4" studs. The engineer [Steve] that did my setup told me 10 or 8 gauge for the fields is enough but I had good 6 left over so I'm still over spec.
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Old 01-24-2017, 03:29 PM   #8
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Default Re: #4 AWG welding cable upgrade

Here is a pic of the ends they're the closed ends like you want at .50 a piece. That's the best price I could find.
They can be hard to find on Ebay but keep looking and you can find them.
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Go ahead a replace it all with the larger wire.
Field wires do not carry high amps. They are 10 ga wires on sepex.
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Old 01-24-2017, 05:26 PM   #10
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/162367082929...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

Ordered these last night. Not sure if they are good ones but have to be better than what I have.
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