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Old September 6th, 2013, 18:13   #1
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DEANS Connectors

I'm posting this in the newb tank as it is not about a problem I need fixing but a newb question I need answering.

Also, other newbies may learn something from my mistakes.


So I purchased an AEG, and the previous owner had swapped the battery connector to DEANS.

I get the AEG, but much to my dismay I realize the gun and the batteries don't connect. (I purchased the battery separately)
The AEG is DEANS, and the batteries have some kind of mini Tamiya.
(lesson for us newbs. Make sure the battery connectors match the connector on the gun.)

So I head over to a local Hobby store with the batteries and the gun. Show them the batteries and the DEANs on the AEG and ask them to put female DEAN connectors on the batteries.

They do, I take everything home, and the batteries don't fire. They connect...but are loose.

I go back to the Hobby Store and after some pondering they look closer at the DEANS on the gun and come to the conclusion it is not a true DEANS but a Chinese knock off. They grab a male DEANS lying around and show me how snug it connects with the female connectors on the batteries.

They swap the DEANS connector on the gun and all is better.

So is this a common issue? True DEANS and imitation DEANS not matching up?
If I were to purchase another AEG down the road that has an imitation DEANS on it, will I have connection issues again?
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Old September 6th, 2013, 18:21   #2
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its true there are some differences in tolerances between deans brands.
but mostly I've noticed they all fit snug with each other. there shouldn't be that much play in the connectors.
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Old September 6th, 2013, 18:23   #3
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its true there are some differences in tolerances between deans brands.
but mostly I've noticed they all fit snug with each other. there shouldn't be that much play in the connectors.
That's good to know, thank you.

The difference between these were bad. I noted right away as soon as I connected the 2 that they connected with little effort. (and disconnected with little effort)

Are there easy ways to tell apart "True Deans" from imitation?
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Old September 6th, 2013, 18:32   #4
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I've had a variety of T type connectors on batteries and guns, most always fit with each other. it's possible to bend them as well, or if you totally suck ad soldering, melt the plastic in the insulator and the post will actually move out of place, possibly making it loser... but more often than not, just melt the fucker right out of position so it doesn't hook up.

The only time I had them almost not fit was a set of connectors on my charger that were not likely genuine deans connectors.

There's knock off ones that are actually nicer than the genuine ones, they have little ribs on them to help get a grip on them to pull them apart.

The most official looking deans I've had were a brighter red.
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Old September 6th, 2013, 18:36   #5
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I used both clones and Deans with no issues.

I went to XT60 which are true bullet connectors and way better than Deans.
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Old September 6th, 2013, 19:25   #6
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I guess I just got unlucky enough to get a set of DEANS connectors added to my batteries that didn't connect properly to the DEANS on my gun.
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Old September 6th, 2013, 19:48   #7
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Many of my deans connectors are Chinese knocks, they connect fine, and they conduct fine, with each other AND with deans connectors from other sources.
If soldered improperly, they can be over tight or loose, or may not fit at all.
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Old September 7th, 2013, 01:31   #8
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When I solder I use a heat sink and I plug a connector into the male plug.

I don't use one on the female end because of the risk of a short.
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