View Full Version : Can I use alligator clips for speaker testing?
10-18-2009, 07:56 PM
As long as they clamp on tight, would it be safe to use alligator clips to test out speakers in a cabinet.
I'm about to try out 3-4 different speakers in my cab, but don't want to have to solder each one until I'm sure which one will stay in there.
10-18-2009, 08:27 PM
10-18-2009, 08:28 PM
Sounds a bit unsafe. The contact pressure is probably too low for a sufficient enough contakct and should one of them pop off, something in the amp may pop as well - fingers X-ed that be just a fuse :)
10-18-2009, 09:13 PM
Yes but it would be safer to use push-on terminal ends.
10-18-2009, 11:54 PM
I used 'em once for that. They worked fine. Just remember...good grip for good contact and if they pop off...possible major amp problems.
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10-19-2009, 03:09 AM
Clip the alligators to your speaker terminals, wrap some electrical tape tightly around the connection, it's easy enough to remove, but it'll hold the clip on the terminal even if the speaker vibrates as you play.
10-19-2009, 07:59 AM
Some 'gator clips are of really poor quality. Make sure yours are good ones and you should be fine.
10-19-2009, 08:35 AM
I'm not gonna mess around with crappy clips. I'm gonna get ones that are super tight.
Since each speaker has two tabs for (-), and two tabs for (+), would it be ok to make a cable that has FOUR alligator clip terminations (two - and two +), so that you can have a backup if one clip pops off?
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