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    Spades versus locking banana plugs


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    Spades versus locking banana plugs

    Post by deepee99 on Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:29 pm

    I'm about to order a new pair of 10-foot cables from Blue Jeans.
    Is the spade vs. banana question a Ford/Chevy thing? Obviously, whichever provides the greater contact area would be the prime consideration. I have heard pros and cons for both.
    Any thoughts would be mucho appreciated.
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    Re: Spades versus locking banana plugs

    Post by Captain Coconut on Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:47 pm

    No absolute consensus on this, but what I take from all the threads I have read on this topic is: Use spades unless you do a lot of swapping, then use bananas.

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    Re: Spades versus locking banana plugs

    Post by Kentley on Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:12 pm

    I concur with the Captain. Then again, what's wrong with bare wire? You can potentially get more contact area more directly AND tighter.
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    Re: Spades versus locking banana plugs

    Post by Gregg R. on Mon Apr 20, 2015 11:56 pm

    I use BFA-type bananas. They can be spread apart by prying a screwdriver tip thru the slot. You can get a real snug fit. You secure the wire with the set screw, crimp the connection, or solder for a more permanent connection.

    BFA-type banana plugs

    Spades and bare wire also work just fine, but I tend to over-tighten the nut, damaging the binding post. Bare wire provides the most direct connection, of course.

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