SAE 2 Pin

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12 Volt DC Electric Connector – SAE 2 Pin

by on Jul.03, 2017, under Configurations

Used to be that where one might 1st encompass an SAE 2 Pin connector would be in a 12 volt DC automotive circuit.

Clearly, the “SAE” (Society of Automotive Engineers) component of the designation is indicative of this initial application.

Widely available is the Hopkins 47965 product available in the trailer wiring department of discount automotive stores.

Later on down the road, it would probably be seeing it on battery charge maintenance equipment like a Deltran Battery Tender.

These days, one’s first exposure could very well be on Portable Solar Power equipment being used to charge hand held electronics.

Current fears regarding terrorism and political unrest has prompted a huge marketplace for the emergency preparedness industry.

The SAE 2 Pin connector configuration used in automotive applications filled the bill at the time, but today’s applications have driven further development.

More frequent coupling and uncoupling in current applications precipitated the the need for greater strain relief, and grip.

Current applications have also led to surface mount configurations, as well as shrouded configurations to minimize exposure to environmental elements.

SAE 2 Pin use by portable solar manufacturers in the development of products serving the US Military, as well as the Civilian marketplace, has prompted additional applications and significant DIY (do-it-yourself) use.

We have been serving this market with SAE 2 Pin assemblies employing enhanced configurations, as well as a wider range of AWG options.

Currently available SAE 2 Pin connector configurations and assemblies can be viewed at: www.solarcapitalist.com

Commercial Buyers are asked to please contact us for quantity discounts vs ordering via ecommerce.

Inquiries can be directed to Ray Bowers by call/text to 302-562-1706 or email at: solaray@solarcapitalist.com

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Latest List of Applications for SAE 2 Pin Connector Assemblies

by on Jun.28, 2017, under Application

Thought after close to 10 years of developing a product line of SAE 2 Pin Connector Assemblies, I’d take an opportunity to share the growing list of applications we’ve discovered through contact with both DIY and commercial customers.

No doubt the largest number of inquiries and sales are related to portable solar power applications.  This makes sense, as many pieces of portable solar equipment come equipped with SAE 2 Pin Connections.

Government / Military applications have driven significant government contractor inquiries and sales.  Specifically, electronic target system target moving apparatus for tactical training has been an application we’ve encountered.  Meeting greater specification and documentation requirements has been key to this business.

The SHTF / Prepper emergency preparedness industry has certainly prompted many to consider portable backup power equipment, and SAE 2 Pin Connectors lend themselves to ready coupling with loads, often a 12 volt charger.

Battery Charge Maintenance continues to be a major source of inquiries and sales, as well.  These applications can range from motorcycle, ATV / 4-wheeler, snowmobile, street rod, and boat, to camper, travel trailer, and RV.

Be it, hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, backpacking, or cross-country travel – there’s a sun in the sky, and batteries to be charged.  Hand held electronics – cameras, radios, GPS, iPods, iPhones, and iPads, they all need charging via a charger.

Speaking of radios – Ham Radio enthusiasts have even driven development of an alternate assembly with a lighter gauge switch leg.  I was advised that certain models of Motorola Radio, specifically utilize this particular arrangement.

The Surveying industry has even brought inquiries and sales opportunities, as well.  Clearly, use of their electronics in the field drives a need to be able to charge on the go.

Garden, tree, and orchard spraying equipment connection has us corresponding with gardeners, farmers, and ranchers.

Portable food warming devices for use in door-to-door delivery, has emerged out of the international marketplace.

Computer simulation for scenario training is an industry we’ve served, as well.

Questions or comments can be directed to Ray Bowers at 302-562-1706 or email at: solaray@solarcapitalist.com

 

 

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Solar Capitalist DIY Solar Backup 12V Power Battery Bucket

by on Mar.07, 2017, under Application

Backup 12 Volt Power is a viable source to recharge handheld electronics, and even power communications equipment and low voltage backup lighting.

I am a cat lover (as well as a dog lover), and have 4 rescued cats. Seeing the value of the nifty buckets leftover from buying mass quantities of cat litter, I find all kinds of uses for them. That they are “stackable” makes them all the more attractive for storing all sorts of things, and economizing on space. Meanwhile, I dream up other uses, such as – I built my own portable electronic amplified coyote caller (see previous post).

A DIY (do-it-yourself) Solar Backup 12V Power Battery Bucket is another such use.

Certainly not that I invented the mental processes, but thoughts and the visualization that follows sometimes has me stumble upon realizing worthwhile combinations.

An example would be realizing that a hole drilled with a 7/8″ hole saw to facilitate installing one of our Panel / Bulkhead / Surface Mount 2 Pin Connector configurations, allows passage of Our Enhanced Grip & Extended Strain Relief 2 Pin configurations, as well. About $5 for (8) sets of 8-32 fastener hardware, makes for a professional job of connector flange installation.

So, I set out to combine this assembly with these handy cat litter buckets to build a DIY Solar Backup 12V Power Battery Bucket.

These buckets are of a size that easily handles the weight and dimensions of one of many available sealed AGM batteries used in portable solar powered lights, the bucket walls provide the means of mounting connector assemblies, and the bucket also nicely houses the wiring.

 

Solar Backup 12V Power Battery Bucket - 7/8" hole saw

Solar Backup 12V Power Battery Bucket - 7/8" hole saw

Solar Backup 12V Power Battery Bucket - assembly penetration

Solar Backup 12V Power Battery Bucket - assembly penetration

Solar Backup 12V Power Battery Bucket - surface mount assembly passing thru

Solar Backup 12V Power Battery Bucket - surface mount assembly passing thru

 

Solar Backup 12V Power Battery Bucket - 2 Pin assemblies installed

Solar Backup 12V Power Battery Bucket - 2 Pin assemblies installed

At this point I am making up these 2 Pin connector assemblies via solder joints protected with a couple layers of heat shrink tubing. Pending orders, We will move into manufacturing finished product vs assembly by adjoining 2 pigtails resulting in the proper polarity for this application.

A feature I figure will lend to this combination being even more attractive is providing 2 connections for the possibility of both solar battery charging and power use, simultaneously. This is certainly not the optimum use, as it undermines the charge controller’s ability to accurately ascertain and respond to the battery’s condition. But, at times, it may be necessary in meeting immediate needs.

12 AWG Fused Battery Connect Enhanced Grip 2 Pin

12 AWG Fused Battery Connect Enhanced Grip 2 Pin

 

Assembled Wiring & 2 Pin Connectors within Solar Charged Battery Bucket

Assembled Wiring & 2 Pin Connectors within Solar Charged Battery Bucket

Solar Capitalist LLC is an Authorized Dealer for Deltran www.batterytender.com and We carry their Solar Power Battery Tender line. These units feature a Deltran charge controller – critical to maintaining optimum battery condition.

We have been using an inexpensive means of supporting Deltran’s 5 Watt, 10 Watt, and 15 Watt Solar Battery Tenders, such that they can be oriented for maximum Sun exposure. Supported on light, inexpensive, plastic saw horses (with the aid of some lengths of 1×2 wood), the setup can be easily carried to a sunny spot, and/or reoriented to be in direct sunlight.

Solar Panel Battery Bucket Setup Pic 002

Solar Panel Battery Bucket Setup Pic 002

Solar Panel Battery Bucket Setup Pic 003

Solar Panel Battery Bucket Setup Pic 003

Solar Panel Battery Bucket Setup Pic 001

Solar Panel Battery Bucket Setup Pic 001

Solar Panel Battery Bucket Setup Pic 004

Solar Panel Battery Bucket Setup Pic 004

It should be kept in mind that this equipment is “portable”. Thus, it is not meant to be left out in the elements for extended periods of time. Nevertheless, the portability lends to the backup use in emergency situations, such as power outages (also potentially handy for camping, etc.). Clearly, the quick connection to “works in a bucket” aspect lends nicely to portability, as well.

Needless to say, setting up some low voltage lighting, and assemblies for connection to handheld electronics and/or other communication equipment, ahead of time would be another step in the direction of preparedness.

We will be adding these 2 pin connector assemblies to our product line on www.solarcapitalist.com in the near future.

Please email us solaray@solarcapitalist.com or call Ray Bowers at 302-562-1706

 

 

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2 Pin Connector for Portable Solar – PV

by on Jan.23, 2017, under Configurations

We make available High Quality American Made 2 Pin Connector configurations, with enhanced features tailored to Portable Solar – PV applications.

Flanged Panel / Bulkhead / Surface Mount  2 Pin Connector Junction with 12″ long 12 AWG  Black Cord Pigtails.

 

Flanged Panel Surface Mount 2 Pin Connector

Flanged Panel Surface Mount 2 Pin Connector

 

Flanged Panel Surface Mount 2 Pin Junction

Flanged Panel Surface Mount Junction

 

Shrouded 2 Pin Connector Junction with 12″ long 12 AWG  Black Cord Pigtails.

 

Shrouded 2 Pin Junction

Shrouded 2 Pin Junction

 

These assemblies have an enhanced elongated connector body configuration for greater strain relief and ease in manipulation (coupling & uncoupling).

The features of these enhanced connectors are an improvement over shorter configurations used mostly in past automotive applications.  An example would be the SAE 2 Pole Flat connectors for 12 volt trailer hitch applications manufactured by Hopkins ( Part No. 47965 ).

Our Improved Design Connectors are great for Portable Solar Applications, especially PV on Campers, Motor Homes, Travel Trailers, and Boats, for Camping, Hiking, Hunting, Fishing, as well as, Emergency Preparedness.

Shroud design provides greater water resistance, especially installed with shroud edge down, such that it provides a “drip edge”.

 

Shrouded 2 Pin showing drip edge

Shrouded 2 Pin showing drip edge

 

Elongated configuration, enhanced with serrations for better grip is much more easily manipulated (coupled & uncoupled).

Combined with the benefit of greater strain relief, our extended configuration is the High Quality Heavy Duty alternative to the generic configuration.

We manufacture under the name Bohemian Biker LLC, and carry out ecommerce under the name Solar Capitalist LLC.

Technical posts can be found at www.bohemianbiker.com and ecommerce at www.solarcapitalist.com

Email Ray Bowers at solaray@solarcapitalist.com

Commercial Customers interested in Quantity orders are encouraged to call Ray Bowers at 302-562-1706

 

 

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