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  • review of the posi-tap connectors

    As you may know I had some trouble locating suitcase connectors for my wiring job. I could have ordered them from Mouser but I ran across http://posi-lock.com/ . I thought I’d give their positaps a shot and here are my thoughts on them.



    The connectors come in 3 pieces, one end screws off to reveal a spike. When you put in a 14 AWG stranded wire the spike pierces the wire to make the connection. The other end unscrews leaving a hole to pass up to 4 18 AWG wires. When you tighten the cap back down those 4 wires are wound around the opposite end of the spike.



    The connection of the 4 wires is very strong, I was not able to pull them out of the body and the connection to the bus wire is easily movable. I installed 2 of them on the layout to test how easily I could attach them, and found no problems. I’ve never used the suitcase connectors but I believe these are a little more difficult to install, mainly due to there being 5 wires to deal with instead of 2. The price is $29.99 for a box of 40. If you use all 40 to connect 4 wires each it works out to $.19 per wire. Since it would be rather unlikely that all 4 wires would always be connected to each tap an average of $.40 would make them competitive in price with 3M’s product.
    Cheers,

    Steve

    San Juan Lumber Company

    Niagara Frontier Traction Company

  • #2
    Steve,

    I have never seen these before. Thanks for bringing them to our attention.

    If I understand correctly, you are saying that you think the Posi-Lock connecters are more difficult to install. Did I understand right?

    Paul

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    • #3
      Paul,

      I think they are harder to install, but I've never used any other connectors so i'm not 100% sure.

      I did most of the layout wiring last night with them and with practice they got easier to install. I think these would be good for yard and town areas where you have a lot of feeders in a small area, rather than on the mainline.
      Cheers,

      Steve

      San Juan Lumber Company

      Niagara Frontier Traction Company

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      • #4
        As a followup, I've finished installing the positaps on my 2' x 8' layout. Every piece of rail has a feeder to it for a total of 60 wires to connect. I used 19 connectors for the job. Once I got the hang of working upside down it went quickly.
        Cheers,

        Steve

        San Juan Lumber Company

        Niagara Frontier Traction Company

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