extend solar panel leads

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  1. jgee

    jgee Read Only Funster

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    the leads on solar panel are not long enough i would like to increase them 3 metres there is a plastic pull apart connecter on the lead ithought if i could buy 2 more like it and a new cable it would be ok but cant find connecters in shops anybody with help
     
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    Plenty on ebay! :thumb:
     
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    I always chop those damn things off. Being a belt and braces (albeit over engineered) I solder the cables together, fit a connector block then wrap the lot in self amalgamating tape...

    I really should do a neater job though as I was taught how to do proper joints as part of my Apprenticeship. Can't be arsed these days though...

    I don't see the point in spending good money on these MC4 connectors when el cheapo connector blocks work just as well and only cost pennies.
     
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    As above.. MC4, plenty on ebay so not hard to get...

    Also, I'm with Gromett, chop em off.. If connection is inside the van then a conn block will do the job. If outside, make a good connection and weather seal, either with amalgamating tape or in a weatherproof box..
     
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    waterproof connection box is the best option as you have to get through the roof somehow and what better than a waterproof box sealed to the roof.
     
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