If you are working with electrical wiring or any type of electrical installation, you are likely to come across electrical connectors. Electrical connectors come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials and are used in a huge range of applications, both residential and industrial.
For the purpose of this article, we will focus only on connectors that are used in residential and small commercial projects and as part of craft works. If you are an enthusiastic handyman, you will need to use quality electrical connectors to bring your projects to life.
However, we’d like to mention that if you are not a trained electrician, we strongly advise against complex electrical installations on your own.
What Are Electrical Connectors?
Electrical connectors serve a specific purpose in an electrical application. They create a connection between two components, enabling the electrical signal to pass. Additionally, connectors also need to protect the signal to ensure a safe and reliable transfer between the components.
Electrical connectors can connect different parts of the same circuit together, but they can also build a connection without different circuits and even different electrical networks.
At Wirefy, we are committed to providing high-quality wire connectors that can function in both simple and complex electrical setups. We supply connectors to applications in industrial settings such as RC< automotive and marine, but also in residential projects.
Electrical Connectors - Basic Composition
There are two main components to an electrical connector, namely the housing part and the terminal block.
Terminal blocks refer to the part of the electrical connectors equipped to carry the electric current. This part is made out of a conducting material, typically metal.
The housing is the part of the connector you can touch without risking an electrical shock. It is made of insulating material and designed not to conduct any current. The housing is typically the visible part of the electrical connector and is designed to be sturdy and stable to protect the connection.
Electrical Connectors - Types
Electrical connectors can come in a variety of shapes. The shape of connectors allows for easy connection and is designed to reduce the strain of current transfer.
At Wirefy, our terminal blocks are available in the following shapes:
- Fork electrical connectors
- Ring electrical connectors
- Spade electrical connectors
- Bullet electrical connectors
- Butt electrical connectors
- Hook electrical connectors
Electrical Connectors - Gender
Electrical connectors are labeled either male or female as a reference to their shape and function.
For clarity, male electrical connectors are generally plug or pin connectors. Female connectors, on the other hand, are receptacle connectors. The plug or pin part is inserted into the female ends to form a coupling. Each connector is attached to a wire or an application with a conductive terminal.
At Wirefy, all our electrical connectors are designed for long-term or permanent coupling.
Essential Consideration for Electrical Connectors
When it comes to choosing the right electrical connectors for your projects, you want to consider the pressure and environment relevant to your electrical installation.
Depending on your electrical project, the connection may require additional environmental protection from external factors. For example, harsh environments can expose connectors to extreme weather. So, it is important to look for electrical connectors that can create the type of seal you need for your circuit.
Whether you are looking for weatherproof, waterproof, or UV resilient, these considerations will influence the choice of your connectors. Typically, heat shrink wire connectors are preferred for their environmental protection features, keeping rain, wind, and more at bay.
Electrical connectors must be resistant. If they are part of a permanent circuit, they need to be able to remain in place even when exposed to some tugging, stretching, or any other external pressure.
Here again, the focus is on working with electrical connectors that can guarantee a tight and secure connection designed for long-term usage. This is where heat shrink connectors can elevate your installation.
Ease of Installation
Essentially, electrical connectors need to be easy to use. The last thing you need during an electrical project is to waste precious time and effort establishing a connection between two different electrical parts. You want to be able to set up a quick connection without needing cable ties to hold your installation.
Electrical Connectors - AWG
To cater to a variety of electrical projects, electrical connectors need to match your requirements.
It is important to ensure the appropriate current rating, the size of your wire will help determine the amperage to expect. As a rule of thumb, the wire with a high diameter will carry more power. The size of your wire is determined by the AWG (American Wire Gauge), and the smaller the AWG the larger the wire.
When looking for the right connector size, it is important to consider that the AWG doesn’t include the size of any insulating layer protecting the wire.
Using the Right Tools: Crimping or Soldering?
Lastly, installing electrical connectors requires the use of specialist tools. As explained, for durable and resilient installation, the priority is to select electrical connectors that are easy to set up and solid.
For this purpose, we recommend choosing electrical connectors that can be installed using crimping. This process will guarantee long-term use and solidity, holding both parts of the connection in place. Make sure to select heat crimping tools that are suitable for a heat shrink connector.
Unlike soldering, which can be time-demanding and still expose the electrical circuit, crimping adds a protective layer for the electrical connectors without affecting their functions.
Wirefy’s Range of Electrical Connectors for Electrical Projects
Wirefy is committed to providing electricians, both professionals and amateurs, with quality tools for durable, reliable, and smooth installations. We are proud to present a range of easy-to-use electrical connectors compliant with the highest electrical standards, ROHS, ISO 9001:2008, SGS, and CE standards.
As such, our connectors are crafted using premium metal components (copper) to maximize connectivity and current transfer.
Our connectors are color coded so you can rapidly find the right size for your installation. Using heat shrink technology, electrical setups are equipped to meet professional quality requirements in no time.
Each electrical connector is also protected from environmental pressures and corrosion. Unlike traditional nylon or vinyl electrical connectors, our terminals are built to be heat shrunk for a tight and secured connection.