Learn about the benefits of using bootlace ferrules for stranded wires and how to easily crimp them for a secure connection in screw terminals.
[0:00] Hey Everyone
[0:01] I’ve added a new tool to my collection - it’s a bootlace crimper.
[0:05] What are we talking about?
[0:06] No, we’re not talking about these kinds of bootlaces.
[0:09] We’re talking about bootlace ferrules or bootlace crimps
[0:12] that are crimped over the ends of stranded wire.
[0:15] You may also see these referred to as Cord End Terminals.
[0:18] They come in different sizes for different wire thicknesses. All color coded.
[0:23] # Why do we need them?
[0:25] We’re often inserting a stranded wire into screw terminals.
[0:28] There’s a few things that can go wrong
[0:30] as you tighten the screw the copper strands fan out
[0:33] this can reduce the connection quality
[0:36] you can also over tighten the screw
[0:38] which may sever some of the strands
[0:40] if you’re really unlucky
[0:42] you may not get all the strands into the the terminal which could cause a short
[0:46] How do we actually do it?
[0:47] The tool I’ve got is specifically designed for crimping bootlace ferrules.
[0:51] I’ve put a link in the description, but there are plenty of alternatives available
[0:55] and I’ve only tried this one - so do your own research before opening your wallet.
[1:00] All we need to do is strip the wire to the length of the ferrule and insert it.
[1:04] We then place it in the jaws of the crimper and give it a squeeze.
[1:07] This particular tool makes it pretty easy, it automatically adjusts to the required size.
[1:12] We’ve now got a very nice end to stuff into our screw terminals.
[1:16] Looks pretty good under the microscope, with no danger of any strands escaping to cause problems.
[1:20] This is just a quick one
[1:21] Thanks for watching.
[1:22] And I’ll see you in the next video!