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Your Anderson Powerpole connection for all forms of motorsports 

Alt-Moto used to feature products from Anderson Power Products Inc.® The business was officially shut down in December of 2012. Below is the content from the original website which was being maintained on a different server. No products are currently being sold!

Specifically, we promoted the use of Powerpole® connectors for making DC power connections on all your mobile electronics.


Invented by Anderson Power Products, these rugged, genderless connectors provide a very reliable way to make power connections with 15 to 180 Amps of current carrying capacity.

Alt-Moto used to sell 30 Amp Powerpole connectors in pairs (1 Red housing, 1 Black housing and 2 silver-plated contacts).

Alt-Moto promised competitive pricing, plus the personal service you deserve. 

Check out the sample product applications below. Use your imagination to come up with all sorts of different uses for PowerPole connectors.

Sample Product Applications


GPS, intercom, satellite radio, 2-way radio, heated clothing, auxiliary lighting... the list of farkle goes on and on. Each of these require DC power from the bike's electrical system. Powerpoles offer the best way to make reliable, reconfigurable connections for each of your accessories.

Electric Bicycles

Powerpoles are an excellent connector choice for interconnections between high power motors, motor controllers and battery packs on today's electric bicycles and conversion kits. Check out the Customer Websites section on the Resources page.

Trucks, Cars and SUVs

Our personal automobiles are also becoming a showplace of electronic gadgets. GPS, satellite radio, 2-way radios and auxiliary lighting are very common and they all deserve a reliable, reconfigurable power connection.

Do you have an Amateur Radio License? Many Hams are adopting Anderson Powerpole connectors as the standard DC power connection on all their radios.

Many ham clubs as well as ARES and RACES organizations around the country have standardized on Powerpole connections on all their radios. This leads to power "interoperability" and quick and easy deployment of radios during emergency and non-emergency activities.

Electric RC Modeling

Anderson Powerpoles also make an excellent power connection for your high current battery packs. Keep us in mind when you are building your next RC plane, helicopter, car or boat.

Assembling Powerpole Connectors

These simple instructions assume that you are using Red-Black "zip" cord with stranded conductors (12 to 16 gauge). 

Soldering Powerpole Contacts

Use your wire stripper to prepare both conductors of one end of the length of zip cord. I strip each conductor back 1/4".

Place the first contact over the stripped Red wire. Note the orientation of the contact's "blade" since there's only one way the contact will fit into the housing.

Position the zip cord and contact on a flat surface suitable for soldering and secure it for soldering with something heavy.

With a medium wattage soldering iron*, carefully apply heat to the contact. Within a few seconds apply solder and allow it to flow into the contact to completely "wet" the stranded conductors hidden inside the contact.

* I use a 40 watt pencil type iron with good success.

Once the solder appears where the insulation meets the contact, you've probably added enough solder to ensure a good connection.

Allow the contact to cool. Don't bump the wire or contact while it's cooling or you risk creating a cold solder joint that might fail later on. 

Once the contact and wire has cooled, repeat the process with the Black wire and then follow the steps below to install the contact into the Powerpole housing.

Assembling the Powerpole Contacts into the Housings 

Before inserting the pair of contacts into the housings, it's a real good idea to clean soldering residue off the contacts. Note the brown gunk on the contacts in the picture above.

Align the contacts with the Red and Black Powerpole housings as shown below. Reminder: There's only one way the contacts will fit into the housings. 

Keeping the contacts straight, begin to insert them (together) into the Red and Black housings.

Slide the contacts in a little more and with a little luck, you'll hear two distinct "clicks" as the contacts lock into the housings.

You can test the "lock" by tugging a bit on the wires while holding the housings in your other hand.

That's all there's to it. Once you get the hang of it, you should be able to complete the soldering and assembly of a pair of Powerpoles in two minutes or less.

Hopefully, you'll find my instructions easy to follow. However, if you don't like my instructions, there are others to be found on the internet. You can also check out Anderson Power Product's assembly instructions. 

A few words on Crimping Powerpole Contacts

Some folks prefer to crimp vs. solder their contacts. Anderson has a pricey crimper available, but the $10 Gardner-Bender GS88 (pictured) is just fine if you have strong hands.

Click here for a really nice comparison of different Powerpole Crimping Tools as compiled by the fine folks at NTRAK Modular Railroading Society.

Helpful Websites

Good Customer Websites

Electric Bike Kit Solutions  - E-bike kit solutions for your bicycle.

Hightekbikes - Electric bikes and eBike motor kits 

Other Powerpole-related Websites 

Anderson Power Products 

ARRL's DC Power Distribution Presentation (requires PowerPoint) 

West Mountain Radio's RigRunner Product Line