MC4 Crimping Tools for DIY Solar Panel Setup

If you want to make your own solar panel cables in any length and AWG size that you choose, you might want to get your hands on your very own MC4 crimping tool. It's easy to find all of the photovoltaic components you need when you shop on eBay, and you should keep these simple questions and answers in mind as you make a selection to ensure that you pick the products that are perfect for your purposes.

What types of crimping tools are offered?

All of the tools in this eBay collection connect MC4 connectors to electrical wires, but there are two different styles of connectors that you'll need to choose from:

  • Straight-on: These connectors have heads that crimp MC4 connectors straight on, which means that you'll need to raise them above the surface on which you're crimping your connectors.
  • Angled: The heads of these types of connectors are designed so that they crimp MC4 connectors at a right angle. If you're working in a constricted space, you might want to invest in one of these connectors since you can lay them flat against a surface while you work.
What parts do you need to use these tools?

To be able to use these tools, you'll need all of the components necessary to make an MC4 connection. For instance, you will need an electrical cord in the gauge and length that you require. For solar panel applications, 12AWG to 6AWG is the cord sizes that are usually used. You will also need either a male or female connector pin, which is a small metal component that slides over the end of the exposed wire. Lastly, you'll need the plastic connector itself, which comes in either a male or female form.

How do you use these tools?

Here are the steps you'll need to take to use one of these tools:

  • Step 1: Strip about 1 centimetre of electrical wire.
  • Step 2: Slide the connector pin over the end of the wire.
  • Step 3: Position the crimper over the end of the pin and depress the crimper's arms fully to securely attach the connector pin to the wire.
  • Step 4: Using the same connector gender as the pin, slide the plastic connector over the pin.
  • Step 5: With your fingers, turn the end of the plastic connector until it is tight on the cable.