What is This Component Used for ? Crimping Kit

Hi all,

The MC4 connectors are quite spiffy, although I'm hesitant to start using them until I understand why my crimp kit came with these two metal objects I've outlined and magnified in the photo below.  Thanks!



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  • PhotowhitPhotowhit Solar Expert Posts: 4,195 ✭✭✭✭
    They are plates for your crimper for some other type of crimps.

    A quick note, Try to buy 19 strand wire, much easier, in my opinion to crimp. If you already have 9 strand, it will be difficult, I usually clip one of the strands and watch as it crimps, sometime if it's having a hard time passing through the thick strands, you can twist the wire gently to get a proper crimp.
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  • littleharbor2littleharbor2 Solar Expert Posts: 635 ✭✭✭✭
    edited June 11 #3
    They're MC-3 dies as detailed in the product listing title.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ProsKit-MC3-and-MC4-Solar-Crimping-Tool-Kit-9-Piece-/112438137422?hash=item1a2dd5d24e:g:CDkAAOSwwzhZPAea
    You'll probably never use them. If you do you will find out one reason why they are obsolete. Inserting the contacts into the rubber housing of MC-3 contacts is nearly impossible without a special tool to expand the rubber. The only ones I have ever seen were very expensive. You are better off removing MC-3's and replacing them with MC-4's where you aren't concerned with warranty issues,


    Here's one of the tools,
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Multi-Contact-OEM-MC3-Booting-System-Boot-Assembly-Tool-Kit-/290939321076?hash=item43bd55baf4:m:mRS7sBnukRiDMtcXYlFeuAQ

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  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 7,249 ✭✭✭✭
    the small handle crimpers are only good up to about #10 wire, any larger, you need the 4' handles or hydraulic crimpers.
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  • PhotowhitPhotowhit Solar Expert Posts: 4,195 ✭✭✭✭
    mike95490 said:
    the small handle crimpers are only good up to about #10 wire, any larger, you need the 4' handles or hydraulic crimpers.

    Mike, You can comfortably do up to 4 gauge with hand crimpers, (they are a bit longer than this!) and MC4 connectors are only listed for up to 8 gauge and they are rarely found in 8 gauge. Set is made for MC connectors.
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  • LumisolLumisol Registered Users Posts: 374 ✭✭✭
    Those are the dies to use in the crimper to give it a greater range of sizes.

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