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  • I also will usually prefer to flip through pages of a printed catalog to try and find the connector I need, then go to their web site for current price & availability. Sometimes it is a new design, where I get to pick it, but much of the field equipment we have to interface with uses MS military type connectors. Yes, I have also griped to DigiKey that I miss their printed catalog. The folks that it is easy to get catalogs from that I know of are Newark and Allied. But it turns out that if you ask Mouser for one, they will send it to you! I have current ones for all 3 on my shelf.

    I would suggest adding Phoenix to the list of high quality (but not cheap) connectors. And with their set screws (for the plugs), you do not need a crimper. They are carried by all the big houses. But note that there can be large price differences. Once I know the exact part I want, I use octopart.com to find out who has it, and at what price. That has been a very helpful tool for me.

    Regarding Anderson Powerpoles. We use them extensively on all our battery circuits. But we have come to realize that you must use a decent crimper made for them, so that the dimensions are preserved so that they will go into the housings straight. And then push them in with a small stout screwdriver until they click. Replace your crimper jaws when they are not crimping cleanly, and only squeeze enough to get the ratchet to release (as the instructions for the crimper state). Because our connectors are used in environmentally challenging conditions, we also solder the wires into the crimped pin. But then we hold the wires/tabs such that solder goes only into the crimped area and does not get on the mating surface. And then we clean any flux off the tab. We have been very successful with that process and had frustration until we got it figured out.

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