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Crimping 18 gauge wires into a fan connector?

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Hey guys, looking for suggestions here.
My pump has 18 (maybe 16) gauge wires.
I want to put a 3-pin fan connector on it to plug into my CW611 fan contoller.
The wires are likely way too big to fit in the connector which normally takes 22 gauge fan wires.

Any idea on how to do this without some butt ugly adaptor cable?

If not, I'll just have to get one of these on my next FPC order.
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So you want to control the pump speed using your CW611?
If so, I would suggest this thread:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1209150/use-fan-controller-on-pump/10

That adapter is ugly as hell btw.
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So you want to control the pump speed using your CW611?
If so, I would suggest this thread:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1209150/use-fan-controller-on-pump/10

That adapter is ugly as hell btw.

Thanx but all those warnings don't really apply to the CW611 with it's 36W per channel.
That's plenty of wattage to run a pump on a single channel.

And Martin's warning about pumps not starting up below 7V doesn't apply to the CW611 either.
On start up, the CW611 gives full speed 12V to all the channels (fans and pumps) before reducing to set speed/voltage.

The CW611 is marketed to be able to control pumps. Each channel can be set to fan mode, flow mode, or pump mode.

And yeah, it is a fugly adapter.
I think I'll just solder a 22 gauge wire to the pump's 18 gauge wires, heat shrink it, and sleeve it.
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Yeah.. I'm not well versed in pumps. But if that is the case then you should be good going that route.
I am assuming your pump uses molex (fat 4-pin) as it's power connector?
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Thanx but all those warnings don't really apply to the CW611 with it's 36W per channel.
That's plenty of wattage to run a pump on a single channel.

And Martin's warning about pumps not starting up below 7V doesn't apply to the CW611 either.
On start up, the CW611 gives full speed 12V to all the channels (fans and pumps) before reducing to set speed/voltage.

The CW611 is marketed to be able to control pumps. Each channel can be set to fan mode, flow mode, or pump mode.

And yeah, it is a fugly adapter.
I think I'll just solder a 22 gauge wire to the pump's 18 gauge wires, heat shrink it, and sleeve it.

I have done 18AWG into fan pins just by cutting enough strands off the wire until it physically fit. Not sure if that's clever, but you could always add a dab of solder to fuse the cut-off strands back into the circuit.
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Yeah.. I'm not well versed in pumps. But if that is the case then you should be good going that route.
I am assuming your pump uses molex (fat 4-pin) as it's power connector?
Yup.
12V red and ground black on a Molex.
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LC 18awg Thin wire works well as well, we have had to use it a few times.
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LC 18awg Thin wire works well as well, we have had to use it a few times.
+1. I've used Lutro0's thin wire, it does the trick.
post #9 of 10
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Yeah well, I don't get to decide which wire I use. It's the one soldered to the pump.
If I were to take it off and solder an other one on, I might as well use 22 gauge wire.
But I am not very agile at soldering.

So I'm just going to splice the 18 gauge ones to a piece of 22 gauge, solder it, heat shrink it, and sleeve it. No one will know if you guys don't tell.
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Originally Posted by PepeLapiu View Post

Thanx but all those warnings don't really apply to the CW611 with it's 36W per channel.
That's plenty of wattage to run a pump on a single channel.

And Martin's warning about pumps not starting up below 7V doesn't apply to the CW611 either.
On start up, the CW611 gives full speed 12V to all the channels (fans and pumps) before reducing to set speed/voltage.

The CW611 is marketed to be able to control pumps. Each channel can be set to fan mode, flow mode, or pump mode.

And yeah, it is a fugly adapter.
I think I'll just solder a 22 gauge wire to the pump's 18 gauge wires, heat shrink it, and sleeve it.

Sorry to dredge up an old thread Pepe but the comment about the CW611 giving 12 volts at startup caught my eye. Just replaced my SP120 Quiet Edition fans on my 3 rads with Noctua's PPC NFF12 2000 RPM models. I also have the CW611. I use the CW611 to control fan speeds independently for each rad based on coolant temp sensors. I use min 25 deg C and have the fans at about 40% which is nice and quiet. When I start the PC with the CW611 set to auto the fans only click and won't start. I have to manually turn them up to about 72% to start them and then I can flick to auto and they spin at the slow speed I desire. Is there a way I can set to CW611 to give them a 12V burst at power on as you describe? I can't find anything in the manual. THanks!
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