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Old 03-08-2009, 05:07 PM   #1
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In my solar installation videos I show a male plug coming from my solar panels.

This is INCORRECT as it poses a serious SHOCK/SHORT HAZARD.

In full sun the red and black prongs on the male connector are HOT.

The plug coming from the panels MUST BE FEMALE to avoid this potential hazard.

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Old 03-09-2009, 10:10 AM   #2
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Kevin;
I think that it should be as shown! Shorting out the solar panel is not nearly as serious as shorting out the connection to the battery, which would then have the Male plug!
For many people the Anderson Power Pole connectors are very suitable for this type of service, as they are bipolar (or genderless) and can serve as either supply or load without fear of shorting.
Using plugs and/or sockets designed for 110VAC in 12VDC applications is NEVER a good idea, for the obvious reason.
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[quote]In my solar installation videos I show a male plug coming from my solar panels.

This is INCORRECT as it poses a serious SHOCK/SHORT HAZARD.

In full sun the red and black prongs on the male connector are HOT.

The plug coming from the panels MUST BE FEMALE to avoid this potential hazard.

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Old 04-19-2009, 11:27 PM   #3
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I used one of the old four conductor type trailer light kits and just used the insulated conductor and one of the uninsulated conductors on each end so that I never have both poles exposed on the same connector.


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I think that it should be as shown! Shorting out the solar panel is not nearly as serious as shorting out the connection to the battery, which would then have the Male plug!
For many people the Anderson Power Pole connectors are very suitable for this type of service, as they are bipolar (or genderless) and can serve as either supply or load without fear of shorting.
Using plugs and/or sockets designed for 110VAC in 12VDC applications is NEVER a good idea, for the obvious reason.
Good luck.
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Old 04-20-2009, 03:40 AM   #4
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Here's the connection I used for my solar panel. Purchased from West Marine - Marinco Trolling Motor Plug & Receptacle $44.99 It's a locking plug. I plug it in within a minute of putting the panel on the roof and have never had a problem.


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What appears to be a large plate behind the receptable is simply a label above the electrical door. I just drilled the hole in the middle of the label so the receptacle wasn't so obvious.
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