Crimping Banana Plugs

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  1. MickP

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    I used tooless twist-on Monster banana plugs in the past but am looking at using Monster crimp-on mini bananas this go-round.

    How do you crimp the plug on? Is there a tool I will need?

    I am using MonsterXP 16AWG wire and, probably, Monster crimp-on mini bananas - I'd provide a link but the forums don't allow newbs to do so.

    Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. Bob McElfresh

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    I used the "Twist-Crimp" monster plugs, but they would pull loose every few weeks.

    I went to the dual and single bananas from Radio Shack (279-306 and 279-308) and have not had a single loose wire in years. These dont require any tools.

    Generally - you can use pliers if the bananas have a space with little flanges to bend over and grasp the wire.

    You can get "Hex Crimp" tools for about $15 at Radio Shack - but these are usually sized for CATV coax connectors.

    This link to the Monster Web Site has a flash movie for Monster Crimp Style connectors that might help. It looks like they are using a crimp-tool similar to the spade/lug tool you get at the hardware store or Radio Shack.
     
  3. ClintS

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    I have used the monster crimp on bananna's and find that you need to crimp it at least in two places for it to hold well. I use a standard crimp tool built into my wire strippers.
     
  4. Ted Lee

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    quick lock

    i'm using these guys and have had no problems w/12g wire. they lock really tight.

    i had the opposite of bob's experience. i've also used the rat-shack ones, but those seem to come loose. go figure...
     
  5. MickP

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    Any opinions on these screw-on GLS gold plugs? I'm thinking of going this route:

    .speakerrepair.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=genem&Product_Code=BS28&Category_Code=AHH_Banana

    warning: I removed the www from the front of the link above since newbs can't post links. Sorry for the inconvenience.
     
  6. Bob McElfresh

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    The GLS Plugs look quite good. The price is decent and I like the black insulating body that can prevent a short if one plug is jerked out and falls on the other plugs. (or is the Chrome Shell connected to the wires?)

    My one caution: you have 3 separate screw threads to tighten. While you dont need a crimp tool you must:

    - Use a screw-driver to clamp the copper wires. (I wish they showed the clamp surface inside.)

    - Use pliers to tighten the banana part to the body

    - Use pliers to tighten on the shell

    I like screw-threads - dont get me wrong. But you really want to use pliers rather than hand-tighten. Here is a fact: the number-one cause of CATV service calls is loose "F" connectors which are screw-threaded.
     

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