Crimp versus Solder. This age-old question goes back to our first caveman electricians. Okay, maybe not that for back, but it is a question we hear ALL the time. There really isn’t a definitive, one answer that fits everyone either. We like to think of it as a user preference. Here are some things to think about that will hopefully help you make your decision.
- Are you comfortable making a solder connection? Often times, a “cold” solder joint can lead to electrical failure to do “pull-out”. Installers must wait for the wire’s strands to heat up to promote good solder flow. Typically, the bigger the wire, the longer the install time. A good solder joint will allow the solder to flow in between your wire’s strands for maximum conductivity and strength.
- Do you have the right tool to crimp with? Often times installers will try to crimp a terminal with the wrong tool. This can damage the connector and can leave your connection at risk for failure. Over-crimping a terminal can actually break the copper strands of your wires causing unintended resistance and less than optimal current flow.
Whether you choose to crimp or solder… or both… always use a weatherproof, heat shrink connector. Do it Once, Do it Right!