How to Install Banana Plugs – Step by Step Guide

If you’ve ever needed to connect wires to a device, you may have considered using banana plugs to streamline the installation. When installing speakers, for example, connecting bare wire by clipping it into place might be the norm. However, this isn’t the only option. If the hassle of getting your wires where they need to be the old-fashioned way (often leaving a lot of leftover speaker wire and a bunch of mess) has you frustrated, consider installing high quality banana plugs to wrangle your wires into place with ease and give your setup a clean look. Our new How to Install Banana Plugs step by step easy guide will make using your banana plugs a snap.

How to Install Banana Plugs – Let’s Get Started

Step 1
Get your tools and equipment ready. As we dive into how to install banana plugs, you will need a wire stripper and the set of banana plugs you will be connecting them to. If you want to shorten the length of the wire prior to installation, you’ll also need a wire cutter so you can get the length trimmed to suit your desired setup.

Step 2
Strip the cables to expose some of the wire. Use your wire strippers to clip off a bit of the coating on the wires. You’ll want to expose about a half inch of actual wire, leaving the rest of the cable covered in the coating.

Step 3
Determine polarity of both the wires and the banana plugs. Take a look at your wires and banana plugs, and figure out which wires and plugs have positive and negative polarity. It’s important to connect the banana plug to its corresponding wire correctly, as ignoring polarity can lead to poor (or worse, nonexistent) equipment performance.

Note: Often, both wires and plugs are color coded to make determining polarity easy. Red for positive, black for negative. Polarity may also be indicated by a + for positive, or a – for negative. Once you know which wire goes into which banana plug, the actual installation can begin.

Step 4
Install the banana plugs to the matching wires. Loosen (unscrew) the base of the banana plug so that it opens itself up. Twist the wires of your exposed cable between your thumb and index finger so that they are smoothly together and not frayed and sticking out all over the place (like preparing a thread to go into the eye of a needle). Feed the wires into the banana plug’s base carefully, keeping the bundle of wires as straight as possible while doing so. Once you feel resistance, tighten the base of the plug back up so that it clamps down and encloses the wires.

Note: If you purchased solder banana plugs, you would simply feed the wire into the plug and carefully solder it into place rather than screwing/unscrewing the plug base.

Step 5
Enjoy the easy connectivity of using banana plugs. Once the wires are attached to the plugs, give them a gentle tug to ensure that they are snugly installed. Now, you can easily connect your wires to other equipment, such as an AV receiver, without having to clip bare wires into place. Once your banana plugs are installed and connected to your receiver, you can enjoy your equipment without the hassle of clipping bare wires into place every time you need to move your setup.

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