Power Switch issues - weak leads

My teams have broken numerous switches right at the connector where there is no safe fix.


I understand we need a safe switch - but these have a connector that is impossible to replace.

Those connectors are called XT30, they are replaceable but you will need soldering iron and solder.

Rev Robotic (and others) sells replacement connectors - http://www.revrobotics.com/rev-31-1399/

Another option would be replace them with Anderson Powerpole connectors, which is allowed per RE14f. You may already be using this, if not you would need to buy the crimper for them.

Andymark (and others) sells these connectors - https://www.andymark.com/products/powerpole-kit-8-red-8-black-housings-16-contacts

Means a double layer of adapters as the Rev battery and the Core module both have only the XT connections.

How did this happen? Did the wire just get caught on something?

And I agree with Drakxii, try and salvage the old one by soldering it back on or cut it off and solder a new one on.

What is this used for?

Unknown how it happened as I found it after the fact. I suspect broken in rebuilding part of a robot.

I do not know how anyone solders down in those connections as the wire alone fills the hole. Be nice if it was just crimp connector.

Looks like I am going to splice in new assembled cables like this.


Then epoxy. Then shrink wrap. Then ssplit.

Power switch - Battery and Core connections


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Literally google it, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NyJbKqRtUE. (This was the first result)

Getting the wire that’s already in there should be as easy as putting the soldering iron on it and using a solder suction tool or just straight up using the iron as a pick. If you think you can’t use the old connector because it’s too much of a hassle, then get new connectors and solder it on.

Hope this helps.