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How To Crimp MC4 Connectors

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How To Crimp MC4 Connectors

MC4 Connectors are incredibly common on solar panels. Generally, on most solar panels, there are two wires coming off the back of the panel and terminating with a male and female MC4 connector. In order to extend these wires to reach your charge controller, you’ll need to learn how to crimp MC4 connectors to make solar panel extension wires and this blog post will teach you how to do that.

What is an MC4 Connector?

An MC4 connector is a waterproof, UV resistant, quick-connect (and disconnect) connector that can generally handle a max of 20A and 600V.

How to Crimp an MC4 Connector (Video)

Tools Required for crimping MC4 Connectors

Parts of an MC4 Connector

MC4 Connector – Positive vs negative

It’s important to understand that on opposite ends of a wire, there will be a male AND a female connector. Male on one end of the wire, female on the other end. Pay attention to which is which and don’t think “I always put male connectors on positive wires” because that would be incorrect. Think of this like: “I am needing to connect to this ‘male’ connector so I need to make a female mc4 connector here.” (It’s worth buying a few extra MC4 connectors because it’s highly likely you’ll mess this up a time or two.)

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Bright Spark

Thursday 18th of February 2021

Nate ... Really enjoying the how to solar parallel verses series videos. Plan to apply the lessons to my sailboat. Thanks again for the tips and tools.

Mark Ronck

Tuesday 12th of January 2021

I have a long trailer i had order two years ago and now convert Cargo Craft 5X10' and not adding solar to it. Puilt a queen bed platform where tu.bs slide out the back. Now going to install some Solar to it.

Nate Yarbrough

Wednesday 13th of January 2021

Neat! :)

Darrell Rhodes

Friday 11th of September 2020

My only option is to have a 50-ft run from solar array (4-100 watt panels) to my charge controller. When I check for length of run it says 10AWG isn't big enough? So I won't have more than a 5% loss of voltage I need to run 6AWG? Is that correct? Please help...I need advice!!!!

Nate Yarbrough

Friday 11th of September 2020

Consider wiring your solar array in series-parallel OR 4x in series. Double-check, but this configuration looks appropriate to use 10 awg with the panels 50ft from the charge controller.

Roger Crandell

Saturday 22nd of August 2020

Do you spec a specific manufacturer of MC4 connectors? Do you have an opinion regarding which manufacturer makes the most reliable MC4 connector? What is your opinion regarding mixing (interconnecting) different manufacture's MC4 connectors in a single system?

Nate Yarbrough

Wednesday 9th of September 2020

Nope. Just any of them should work fine.

DON CLIFFORD

Thursday 21st of May 2020

Can I make a MC4 connection using 6awg wire?

Nate Yarbrough

Sunday 5th of July 2020

Nope. Most MC4 connectors are only good for 10 awg wire as they are only rated for 30 amps maximum. But if a solar panel array needs 6 AWG wire, something has gone wrong in the solar array design process as with an optimally designed solar array system, wire larger than 10 AWG is not needed.