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Old 08-09-2019, 03:05 PM   #1
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Default Deans vs. XT60

So I'm a newb to electric. When I paused my RC adventures a few years back Deans were the standard for connecting batt packs to ESC.

I'm getting ready to build a TRX-4. Which connectors do I want to use? Thanks!
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Old 08-09-2019, 03:40 PM   #2
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Honestly it's up to preference still. Deans are trickier to solder than XT60 but are a bit smaller. I think the XT60 connectors are probably cheaper than legit Deans plugs but I avoid the fake deans since the quality can be all over the place with them.
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Old 08-09-2019, 03:49 PM   #3
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I recently switched from Deans to xt60. I was having a problem with a few of my Dean's plugs coming unplugged in the middle of a run. I don't have that problem with the xt60. Xt60 are easier to plug in and unplug. Just my two pennies.

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Old 08-09-2019, 03:55 PM   #4
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Default Re: Deans vs. XT60

1 more vote for XT60s

XT60's also win on re-useability, they can be unsoldered and resoldered without melting the plastic like a deans will (usually). They're a bit easier to unplug too IMO.
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Old 08-09-2019, 03:59 PM   #5
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I was a big XT60 fan - for a while at least. Got over them pretty fast for a couple of reasons. First is that they are a pain to plug and unplug, especially after they get dirty. This may not make sense till you've done it a few dozen times. Soldering them is sometimes really easy and other times a pain in the ass. Finally, almost all other guys I run with have Deans on their cars, so if I ever want to borrow a battery I have to remain compatible with them. I used to dislike Deans because I thought they were a pain to disconnect and being smooth were kind of slippery. I fixed that by cutting (with a thin dremel wheel) some ridges in the connector or, better yet, I now put wiring harness tape neatly around the Deans plugs which gives them outstanding grip.
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been switching to XT60s on all my rigs. Easier to deal with, better connection, easier to unplug. I could see them being troublesome if dirty though, but after a few years I haven't had that issue at all.
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Old 08-09-2019, 05:27 PM   #7
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I think that part of the problem I had was using too hot an iron on my XT60's. By doing so, the posts slightly shifted and that made them even more difficult to plug and unplug. So, something to keep in mind when soldering.
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plugging a male/ female set together helps prevent deformation. Same for deans. Some brands use better plastics than others as well.
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Great tip. Thanks!
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Old 08-11-2019, 06:56 PM   #10
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I've melted a lot more deans plugs than I have XT60's.

I've posted this before but it always seems helpful.
When you first get the XT60 plug the 2 solder cups are facing away from each other.


If you take a small pair of pliers and rotate the cups so they both face the same side of the plug


Then you can lay the wire flat on the table and keep everything perfectly in line when you solder it.


Placing something on the plug or using a clamp can help keep it in place and make it so nothing moves around when you put the iron on the wire. Make sure you put heat shrink on the wire before you solder it.
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Old 08-11-2019, 07:05 PM   #11
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The fake deans plugs are easier to use and work better than actual deans, lol.

these
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/t-style-...-10-pairs.html

or these
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/nylon-t-...10pcs-bag.html
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Old 08-11-2019, 07:18 PM   #12
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Swapped all of my rigs over to xt60 from Dean's a few years ago. Never going back, that would be like going back to an ex that cheated on you incessantly. Nothing but headaches and irritation can result.
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The fake deans plugs are easier to use and work better than actual deans, lol.

these
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/t-style-...-10-pairs.html

or these
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/nylon-t-...10pcs-bag.html
Been using OG Deans plugs forever. But they are expensive.

I recently switched over to the first ones listed above and love them. 👍🏼
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Old 08-12-2019, 06:12 AM   #14
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Another vote for XT60. It's the plug and play for my new charger--no harness, which tells you something.
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Old 08-12-2019, 06:58 AM   #15
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I have been running Deans forever and have never had a problem with them. I have gotten a couple of packs that have had XT60s installed on them, they are a nice connector. No matter which way you jump, pick one flavor and go with it for all of you stuff, it makes you RC life a lot easier. When I am out with a group I do carry conversion plugs to and from Deans just in case someone using XT60s needs to borrow a pack, or I need to borrow one.
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I've melted a lot more deans plugs than I have XT60's.

I've posted this before but it always seems helpful.
When you first get the XT60 plug the 2 solder cups are facing away from each other.

If you take a small pair of pliers and rotate the cups so they both face the same side of the plug

Then you can lay the wire flat on the table and keep everything perfectly in line when you solder it.

Placing something on the plug or using a clamp can help keep it in place and make it so nothing moves around when you put the iron on the wire. Make sure you put heat shrink on the wire before you solder it.
I've also melted way more Deans and Feans than I have XT60s. I think, for me, that's because XT60s are just so much easier to solder.

This tip is great. I've been doing it since the first time I saw you post it. It makes soldering XT60s even easier than they already are.

Deans aren't good. They were the only option for a long time and that's the only reason that they've stuck around IMO.
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Old 08-12-2019, 07:44 AM   #17
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ive been trying to switch over.to xt60 plugs but i seem to end up with deans plugs so now i have a bunch of adaptors on everything the deans plugs just seem to go bad after a while and the little thin strip of metal keeps.breaking off on me i the have a 20 pack of deans and.a.20 pack of xt60 and 20 xt90s for the yxl and bigger rigs i buy them in bulk so i have them if i need them
the deans go the.fastest by far im usaly to lazy to do both plugs at.1.time so i just replace what wares out
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Old 08-12-2019, 08:02 AM   #18
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Default Re: Deans vs. XT60

I used to used bullet connectors when I raced, but went to XT60 when I got into scale trucks, just out simplicity. I did have some Dean's, but just find the XT60 easier to solder. EC3 or 5's are not too bad, but just seem to have fallen out of favour, maybe they can't carry as much current, but not sure.
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Old 08-12-2019, 11:30 AM   #19
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Default Re: Deans vs. XT60

Glad I found this thread!! I was going to ask the same question. We have 6 rigs mostly traxxas plugs, I hate those, and two with deans which I don't mind. I'm getting ready to order more packs and want to standardize all our plugs, which makes great since to me!! I guess it looks like i'll be switching to the XT60's! thanks guys!!
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Old 08-18-2019, 11:19 PM   #20
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Another vote for XT60s. Any having a few adaptors on hand won't cost you much and makes borrowing or lending batteries a breeze.
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